Last week I attended an event hosted by Mass Art called “Drawing Together: Creative Expression for America. This group drawing and art therapy event is part of a series called DRAW/BOSTON that is open to the public every Wednesday night from 6-8:00pm in the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at Mass Art. The event is free, facilitated by professionals, and the best part is you don’t need to have any drawing experience!
“I wanted to use my creativity to imagine something hopeful and creative.” Trina Jackson, Participant
Nina Morris, a registered Art Therapist, was the leader of Wednesday night. She gave the group the time they needed to feel inspired from a piece and go from there. “I like using art as a way of talking because talking is hard,” she said, “this allows you to let you brain process and be calm.”
The event was aimed at providing a therapeutic space to express any emotions of the world’s recent realities.
A wide-range of materials, provided by Mass Art, were handed out to participants.
One of the materials offered was charcoal, which really allows for uncontrolled expression.
Participant Trina Jackson, who works at a non-profit, went to the event “just for a little bit of an outlet for our emotions of our reality,” she said. “I wanted to use my creativity to imagine something hopeful and creative.”
Jackson working on her piece in solitude, feeling inspired by an entire wall of artwork.
Once in a while participants got up from their work to take a break and meet other group members.
Walter Pultinas, a career coordinator in a Boston youth program, said he didn’t go to think about politics. “Art is therapeutic in itself,” he said, “Basically, I just like to draw!”
Some of the final work created by exploring various mediums.
The group worked together at the end of the event to look over all their works from the night and reflect.