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Art is a Way of Knowing: Innovations in the Open Studio Process

  • 31 Aug 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Ojai CA (Parking info to be sent to registrants)
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Join us in the studio of member and renowned art therapist, Pat Allen!

Space is limited!

  • Art is a Way of Knowing: Innovations in the Open Studio Process

    Presented by

    Pat Allen, Ph.D, ATR, HLM


    The Open Studio Process (OSP) is an art and writing practice grounded by a stated intention that determines whether the work functions as a form of inquiry, therapy, honoring or celebration or for another purpose. The steps of intention, art making and witness, make the OSP an easily learned personal creative practice that can also be taught to a wide variety of groups for a range of issues. 

    This workshop will introduce the basic elements of the OSP and will introduce an innovation in the process using texts. By using our creative process as a form of inquiry into texts in our field, new insights and clarity about meaning can emerge. This course adapts that innovation to the study and consideration of texts in art therapy, allowing for both critique and generation of new understandings of our seminal literature. The cross fertilization of methods suggests many exciting possibilities for work in the area of research and learning for art therapists as well as possibilities for many other areas of study.


    3 CEU’s will be provided

    Who Should Attend?

    Clinicians who want to learn more about intention, the open studio process, and creating a shared intention with others. Art Therapists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs are eligible to earn CEUs.

    CEU Learning Objectives

    Participants will be able to: 

  • Design an individual intention
  • Identify the steps to creating a shared intention with others 
  • Explain how texts can serve to provide a shared inquiry

Experiential Component

We will engage with art materials in the studio, along with writing and discussion. Paints, drawings materials, found objects and collage materials will be provided.

About Pat B. Allen

Pat B. Allen, Ph.D., A.T.R., HLM is an author, artist, art therapist, and teacher who connects to the Creative Source through art and writing. Her two books – Art Is a Way of Knowing(Shambhala 1995) and Art Is a Spiritual Path (Shambhala 2005) – explore the borders between art, psychology, spirituality, and social action and are considered classics in the field of expressive arts therapy. Author of numerous professional articles, Dr. Allen lectures and delivers workshops nationally and internationally. Her artwork has been exhibited in a wide variety of juried and invited exhibits. Dr. Allen served on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for twenty years and has taught at many colleges and universities nationally and internationally. Dr. Allen co-founded the Open Studio Project in Chicago and of Studio Pardes in Oak  Park, IL she is currently on the faculty of the Jewish Studio Project in Berkeley, CA.

Course Credit: 3 CEUs

This is equivalent to 3 hours of instructional time.

Date: Saturday August 31, 2019

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Venue: Pat’s Studio in Ojai

Parking instructions and address will be sent to registrants.

Fee: $40 for SoCalATA Members, $55 for Non-Members

Light snacks, water and coffee will be provided. 

This workshop will begin promptly at 9:00am and ends at 12:00pm.

The Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for ATRs, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

The course completion certificate will be awarded to registered attendees who completed the complete course at the end of the meeting. 

About SoCalATA (CAMFT Approved Provider #77619):
The Southern California Art Therapy Association (SoCalATA) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Art Therapists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs. SoCalATA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.


The Southern California Art Therapy Association would like to thank the following organizations for their generous donations and making our beach picnic a success!

Southern California Art Therapy Association


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