The other day I wrote about the field of the expressive arts and how discovering this resource has really augmented my work in integrating spirituality and the arts. Here are some books I would recommend:
Spirituality and Art Therapy, edited by Mimi Farrelly-Hansen
This book has chapters written by different expressive arts practitioners from various religious and spiritual perspectives. Each chapter explores the connections between a particular spiritual tradition and work in the expressive arts. Some chapters are stronger than others, especially good are “Prayer, Sacraments, Grace,” “Pilgrimage: Celtic Spirituality Revisited,” and “Nature: Art Therapy in Partnership with the Earth.”
Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy, edited by Stephen and Ellen Levine
A great foundational text providing several essays with good grounding in the theory of the expressive arts by many leaders in the field.
Art is a Way of Knowing by Pat Allen
This is a wonderful book about imagination and the arts as a way of knowing and experiencing the world and encourages taking these seriously as a spiritual practice leading to greater wisdom and insight about ourselves.
The Art Therapy Sourcebook, Cathy Malchiodi
A great resource filled with ideas and activities that could be translated to spiritual contexts.
The Art of Emotional Healing by Lucia Capacchione
Another great resource of ideas and activities for ways of using the expressive arts to explore and express our wide range of emotions.
The Creative Connection by Natalie Rogers
Natalie Rogers is the daughter of Carl Rogers, founder of Person-Centered Therapy. This is her foundational work, providing good grounding in this approach to the expressive arts as well as lots of ideas.
I have also listed this information on our slowly growing Creating Space website resource page (scroll down for the Expressive Arts link). Clicking on the links provided and purchasing either these or other items through Amazon helps to support our nonprofit work.
-Christine Valters Paintner