Session 1

Hi there, my name is Chris, and this is the piece of art I created as part of my Art session with Duan.

My piece was inspired by a person from my past - my grandma. As you can see from the simplicity in my drawings, there were small shapes that represented innocence, naivety, a child and its toys, and so on. Generally, the colours seemed to be lighter for these types of feelings, so white or baby blue in this case.  The darker colours like red and black were associated with sadness, disappointment or feelings of neglect.

I didn’t feel the urge to get upset or overwhelmed when doing this process; it simply was a matter of letting it happen/flow and bringing to light those subconscious thoughts and feelings that may not have been processed or completely understood.

I know they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. In this session with Duan, I learnt that removing the self-judgement and not overthinking (which I typically do quite a lot!) allowed me to harness those deep-seated emotions and feelings and learn to understand them better.

Session Reflection

This session helped me recognize and comprehend my feelings, thoughts and emotions better. I felt very relaxed, safe and comfortable throughout the session, which is key to getting the most out of it.  I let my guard down and listened to Duan’s words and guidance, and let my mind go wherever it wanted to go like a cloud floating in the wind.  When it came time to draw how I was feeling, I had no idea what to draw, so I just started doodling and strangely enough that turned into shapes, patterns, and objects that reflected my thoughts. I found this an interesting way to access some underlying emotions and situations that I hadn’t anticipated. It provided me with greater insight and awareness into some personal improvements that I am currently working on.

As a facilitator, Duan was reassuring, calming and professional in his methods.  He has a very comforting way of making you feel safe and open to exploring your own body, mind and soul.  I would recommend this class to anyone who has possibly experienced some blockages in progressing through some challenging experiences or who is just trying to connect or grow as an individual.