Centering Sessions is Pewabic Education Studio’s Mindfulness-Based Clay Art Therapy program, facilitated by Kathryn Whitlock, MA, LLC, ATR-P, CTP. Each course includes 3 hours of weekly group engagement for 16 weeks (48 hours total). Each weekly session consists of Mindfulness Skills Training, Clay-Based Instruction, and free working time. 50 lbs of clay, firings, and open studio access are included in the price of the course.
Kathryn is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor, Provisionally Licensed Art Therapist and Certified Trauma Professional. She holds a BA in Ceramics with a Minor in Psychology and an MA in Counseling with a Specialization in Art Therapy from Wayne State University.
She utilizes a combined approach of Mindfulness Based Art Therapy, Existentialism, and Person-Centered approaches inflected with Transactional Analysis and Object Relations perspectives to facilitate Art Therapy courses that support participant growth and encourage introspection and greater emotional regulation. She has been a practicing clay artist for more than 15 years, and has been working with Pewabic since 2015.
Instructor: Kathryn Whitlock
Dates: January 5 - April 20 (16-week course)
Time: Thursday afternoons from 2pm-5pm
Class Description: Through a blend of Mindfulness Based Art Therapy and Narrative Therapy this course combines the technical skills of slip-casting with a deep exploration of personal symbology to encourage a thoughtful and self-reflective slip-casting practice. Participants will receive training in the technical skills of slip-casting including mold-making, slip formulation, casting, finishing and glazing as well as weekly group art therapy sessions which relate the phases of change within slip-casting process to life issues outside the studio. Prior clay experience is encouraged, but not required.