LEARNING TO LOOK: POTENTIAL SPACE AND VISUAL THINKING STRATEGIES (VTS) A MUSEUM WORKSHOP FOR CLINICIANS
Potential space is a multifaceted concept with applications to clinical work. Potential space is an opening where something new can be realized or created, by suspending the known for the sake of new discovery. In viewing art, potential space involves engaging with the art, allowing it to take us into our own affective and bodily experience in new ways. Experiencing art in these new ways can help us as clinicians to refine our ability to see, to open ourselves to ambiguity, and not rush to judgment. It can help us learn how to be more present in the moment, to tolerate and even enjoy the unknown, and not have to nail it down. This workshop will introduce Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) as a way to look at art and engage with potential space. VTS is a method and tool used to develop observation skills and deepen our experience of art. By helping us to see the new and be more open to the possibilities, to creativity, it can help us create conditions for potential space in therapy. And it is fun!
The next Learning to Look workshop at the MFA will be September 17, 2016!
Saturday from 12-2:00 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston
Accredited for 2 Social Work CEUs.