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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Felting as a Therapeutic Medium: An Introduction

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This all-day Master Class will focus on the unique techniques of wet felting and sculptural needle felting. Both are highly adaptable techniques that can be used with a wide range of clients. Wet felting has been around, more or less, since the beginning of recorded time, whereas sculptural needle felting began as an artistic technique during the Disco era. Requiring simple tools and set-up, both techniques are relatively easy to learn and to teach. During this six-hour session, participants will view examples of both techniques and will then learn to make an expressive and life-like needle felted doll plus a soothing, therapeutic wet felted rock. Didactic materials describing the therapeutic benefits of each technique with a variety of populations will be reviewed. Illustrations of the uses of felting from the instructors’ experiences will also be shown. No prior experience with felting necessary.


Erika Cleveland, MA

Erika Cleveland is a former registered and board-certified art therapist, trained at NYU, with a range of experience with children, adolescents, and the elderly in hospital, day treatment, and mental health settings. She taught art therapy at Lesley University and Emmanuel College in Boston. Currently based in DC, Erika is now a healing doll artist and the founder of Transformative Healing Dolls. She offers art and writing workshops for women... Read More →

Sarah Pitkin, MFA, MA

Sarah Pitkin, MFA, MA, is currently accruing hours toward certification, and will be conducting art and art therapy with adolescents managing chronic medical conditions at Brainy Camps, a subsidiary of Children’s National Medical Center. She interned at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, with service members coping with TBI. Sarah also worked with adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses in a community... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00am - 5:15pm
Marymount Manhattan College 221 E 71st St, New York, NY