Person Picking an Apple from a Tree

15 03 2008


Curious about how you make decisions? I know I am! That’s where the Person Picking an Apple from a Tree (PPAT) drawing assessment comes in handy. The artist is asked to draw a person picking an apple from a tree in anyway they want using shape, line and color (the artist is provided with a drawing medium like markers, pastels or colored pencils). The drawing can then be assessed for prominence of color and color choice, developmental level, energy, line-quality, realism, logic, detail, and problem-solving. Someone with depression might have low prominence of color, detail and may show some difficulty with problem-solving to pick the apple.

How would you draw someone picking an apple from a tree?



Save Polaroid

14 03 2008

As a self-proclaimed (and coined) “creativist,” I have always loved the charm and classic look of the Polaroid. Unfortunately, this will be the last year that the world can satisfy their vintage urges through Polaroid pictures because the company has decided to discontinue their film. What can you do to keep Polaroid alive? Here is a list of fun ways to use one’s creativity to explore the world through the lens of a Polaroid camera:

1. Take pictures of nature and hide them so that others might find them while walking along the same path and have a souvenir of their outing to take home with them.

Tree Polaroid

2. Drive around town and take pictures of all your favorite spots so you can post them in your cube and daydream about not being at work.

Old Polaroid

3. Send a picture to a loved one as you would a greeting card. Snail mail needs just as much business as Polaroid, people.

Flower Polaroid

4. Take a self-portrait to remember an awesome hair day or just a moment in time, and stick it in a book somewhere to be found and admired later.

Man Polaroid

5. Find Yeti, Nessie or a Leprechaun and get yourself famous by take a picture that cannot be digitally altered! (If you can’t find any mysterious creatures, you can always get your midget buddy to dress up like a creepy gnome.)

Arm Polaroid


Doodles Everywhere

13 03 2008

Ever drive in your car to work and notice an unexpectedly beautiful advertisement as you cruise on by?  Or walk out your front door and catch a glimpse of a tag along the wall of your apartment complex that strikes you as something you would consider mounting on your wall?  How about sitting down for a delicious cup of coffee and finding an image in the swirl of foam atop your cappuccino?  If so, you my friend are a true urban art connoisseur.  While driving my car to work this morning, I noticed that someone had painted words on the foot bridge that spans the freeway.  I don’t know how many people actually look up and are aware of the lettering, or the message behind it, but it was a brief reminder that art can be found everywhere…

Below I’ve displayed some art, pulled from places you might not think to look, but when you take a second glance perhaps you’ll see the image differently.  It’s an important lesson for art therapists who are quick to look for the obvious in art.  Sometimes the subtle, hidden, mundane might be the most interesting part.

Graffiti Planes           Cuppachino Art

San Francisco Art      Street Art

Keep your eyes open.