Altered Books: Letting Go and Letting In


With Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT & Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC

- Saturday, October 29, 1-6pm

Altering books provide a symbolically rich means of exploring the process of letting go and letting in, renewal and transformation, especially when we make art intentionally for healing and to engage in growth and change. 

Join us to explore the world of altered books, an art form where old books are recycled into new works of art. An altered book changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering it's appearance and/or meaning.

In altering a book, we might draw or paint on the pages or cover of the book (gasp!), or add magazine images, stamps, or stickers using mixed media collage--books can be adorned with fabric, leather, beads, wire or found objects.  Techniques such as cutting out niches, making pockets and doors, transfers and texture building can also be used.  Inspiration may strike when the artist finds a word, letter, or image that becomes an interesting background or focal point that generates a personal artistic response.

All materials will be provided. A selection of books to alter will be available. If you have a book that you are already in the process of altering, you are welcome to bring it.

Objective 1) Be introduced to the awareness techniques to bring heightened awareness and acceptance of different all aspects of physical experience.

Objective 2) Identify 2 ways to use art therapy as a means to further explore mindfulness practice. 

Objective 3) Identify how to use these practices in personal and professional work.

 Light snacks will be provided. You may bring a box lunch or purchase from healthy, reasonably-priced restaurants in the neighborhood.

Suggested donation: $45

Suggested donation with CECs: $55 (Includes additional $10 CEC Fee)

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About Rebecca and Gioia
Rebecca Wilkinson and Gioia ChiltonRebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT and Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC and are both registered and board certified art therapists with twenty years of experience in mental health and in facilitating training and workshops. They are co-founders of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC which provides training, consultation, and clinical therapy designed to promote wellbeing and increased life satisfaction. They serve as adjunct faculty at George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program and provide continuing education and development through the Potomac Art Therapy Association. They also serve as core faculty of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, facilitating supportive workshops for clients affected by life threatening illness and the professional providers working with them.