Art Is a Way of Knowing

Art Is a Way of Knowing

by Pat B. Allen


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Making art—giving form to the images that arise in our mind's eye, our dreams, and our everyday lives—is a form of spiritual practice through which knowledge of ourselves can ripen into wisdom. This book offers encouragement for everyone to explore art making in this spirit of self-discovery—plus practical instructions on material, methods, and activities such as ways to:

   •  Discover a personal myth or story
   •  Recognize patterns and themes in one's life
   •  Identify and release painful memories
   •  Combine journaling and image making
   •  Practice the ancient skill of active imagination
   •  Connect with others through sharing one's art works

Interwoven with this guidance is the intimate story of the author's own journey as a student, art therapist, teacher, wife, mother, and artist—and, most of all, as a woman who discovered a profound and healing connection with her soul through making art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570620782
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 04/28/1995
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 281,402
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Pat B. Allen Ph.D., ATR, is an artist and a registered art therapist who teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She produces workshops, events, and collaborative projects around the country and directs an online image community at, where readers can post their images and writings, communicate with the author and one another, and subscribe to an electronic newsletter.

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Shaun McNiff

Finally a self-help book that is true to the passionate and turbulent movements of the soul and the process of creation. I loved Pat Allen's honesty and her ability to teach, as Anais Nin did, that wisdom comes with the embrace of the minotaurs inhabiting our psychic labyrinths...
— Shaun McNiff, author of Art as Medicine

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taletreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would recommend it for an art therapy class or if you're definitely interested in techniques related to art therapy, but maybe not so much if you just want something to casually pick up and read. There are a lot of personal references the author makes so it's not so much of a textbook, but she also goes into detail about different ideas for art-making, which I didn't particularly like. She also goes into a lot of detail about her own work career which put me off. However, it did lead me to realize how much I need to get my priorities together and figure out exactly what I'm striving to do career-wise!