Art Sessions

Judith A. Rubin, Ph.D., ATR-BC, HLM, began her career as an art teacher, and appeared as the Art Lady on the television series “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood” in the late 1960s. After earning her Ph.D., she completed training in Adult and Child Analysis at the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute. A Licensed Psychologist and a Board-Certified Art Therapist, she has worked with people of all ages and conditions. Dr. Rubin is the author of seven books and numerous other publications, and is a faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. Past President and Honorary Life Member of the American Art Therapy Association, Judy currently serves as a Director on its Board. She is an award-winning filmmaker, and in 2006 was nominated for the National Medal in the Arts. Dr. Rubin has practiced art therapy since 1963. She is co-founder of Expressive Media, Inc.

Plenary Session

Ignorance as Blessing: Floundering, Failing, and Finding My Way


Free Association in Art and Imagery: A Wordless Trip through the Mind

Join us on a voyage of visual discovery. By using art materials and thinking with the hands and eyes, rather than with words, we will follow the unfolding of our internal imagery. Based on the analytic method of free verbal association, free image association facilitates a unique trip through the mind via two- and three-dimensional imagery. Using whatever art medium is appealing to you, following the image spontaneously turns out to be not only surprisingly easy, but incredibly fruitful. Each participant’s trajectory is always different, and each offers a fascinating mirror to view and reflect upon the inner self as its narrative is revealed.

From Creativity to Community: A Multimodal Journey from Self to Group

This workshop offers a journey from a private playful place through a series of interactions with increasingly larger groups of people. Using a wide variety of art materials, participants engage in the creation of both two- and three-dimensional work, culminating in a group interaction that involves movement and drama as well as graphic expression. This series of experiences is inherently multimodal, multidimensional, and often generates insights and awareness at each stage of the process, as well as in the closing reflective phase.