Start Date: Saturday July 29th, 2017
6 Day Program: Saturdays, July 29th, August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and September 2nd
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Place: Hoover Pavilion Rm. 208 / 211 Quarry Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94304
Admission: Free, a limited amount of space available.
Please note that this program is offered exclusively to adults with epilepsy and encourages participants to attend the six sessions.
Register by emailing to studioE@epilepsynorcal.org or call 510.922.8687 for more information
Studio E offers group art 6 sessions program for individuals living with epilepsy, allowing them to explore their creativity, meet others with epilepsy and express themselves in an open, accepting, and safe group setting. Studio E is free of cost thanks to our ongoing partnership with the pharmaceutical company Lundbeck.
Art is a natural way to communicate, relieve tension and express emotions.
No art experience needed to enjoy and benefit; all skill levels are welcome in this fun art group. Get to know some others while being able to share and express some of your experiences with epilepsy in a safe and relaxing environment. Discover some strengths and maybe grow new ones. There will be assignments and space for your own interests and creativity. This is an opportunity to explore and learn about a variety of art materials and art techniques on paper. Experience several ways of making your own art. Among these will be ink color pencils, water-soluble oil pastels, pencils, watercolors and more. You’ll receive a personal art journal to take home with you that you are free to use in, between and after the art sessions. You’ll receive some emails with art tips. Plan to be at all sessions.
More than 2,000 people from across the country have participated in Studio E since it was introduced in 2011. Don’t miss your chance to experience this meaningful art therapy program.
Studio E will be led by artist and art therapist Michael Smit and is assisted by expressive arts therapist Xan Morris.
Michael Smit is an internationally awarded artist, an art facilitator and art therapist based in Palo Alto. He holds a BFA in Studio Art from the Royal Academy of Art and Design in Den Bosch (The Netherlands), a BA in Art Therapy from the University of Arnhem & Nijmegen (The Netherlands), and a MFA in Studio Art from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Michael has worked for 20 years as an art therapist/art facilitator in psychiatric, medical and wellness settings across the world. A former long-time art facilitator at Stanford Hospital’s Art for Health program, he currently works as art therapist at the San Francisco Functional Restoration Program which is a chronic pain program in San Francisco, and at the Transitional Program, a mental health care program in Palo Alto. He also teaches art with a brain health angle at Avenidas, and a variety of art groups and classes at “a Place for Art and Life,” both in Palo Alto.
Alexandra Morris is a MA candidate in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Alexandra is in the process of completing the second year of her Master’s program and working towards licensure by completing her trainee hours. Alexandra currently owns her own coaching practice, “Healing Light Therapy” in which she utilizes clinical hypnotherapy, acupressure, and creative visualization to assist clients in self-transformation. Alexandra has worked with children, neuro-divergent adults, and diversely-abled populations for the past five years as an art teacher, support group leader, and life coach.