How to understand drawing and paintings: Online course by Prof. Dr. Zoltán VASS
How To Interpret Pictures As The Best Experts Do
How To Understand Any Scribble, Drawing Or Painting:
Institute of Projective Drawings
Online Course For Mental Health Professionals
- Working with drawings or paintings in psychological assessment and you want to understand them better?
- Never studied but you always wanted to learn how to understand psychological significance of scribbles, doodles, drawings and paintings?
- Study in 5-minute chapters with your morning coffee – or during travelling hours on your mobile.
Based on the original research in Hungary, Transylvania, Germany, France, Russia, China, USA, Israel
What Will You Learn Here?
- How to understand pictures as the best experts do.
- The “anatomy” of lines: The key to understanding psychological meaning of any lines in any drawing, scribble, or painting.
- The psychological significance of scribbles: What is the greatest advantage of scribbles to thematic drawings? A unique collection of best methods for scribble techniques and interpretation.
- One of the biggest challenges in assessment: Understanding free and spontaneous drawings and paintings. Why is it the most difficult task for many professionals? How should you approach these?
- The eight types of family drawings and paintings. What are the different techniques? Which one should be applied in which case? What are the hidden meanings they disclose? Emotional and developmental indicators.
Enchanted family drawing by a 14-year-old boy, sent to the psychology clinic by his school due to his aggressive behavior. The first figure is a purple octopus (his brother). Next: a carnivorous plant (his father), followed by himself as "Swamp Man". The last figure is his mother, the scarecrow (Vass, 2012).
- Tree drawings and paintings: classic and new methods. The biggest problem with the Koch Tree Technique. What is the hidden meaning behind the Tree Test?
- The Sixty-Second Drawing Technique (SSDT). A new and original method in adult, child and “baby” versions. How can the most simple drawing interpretation method of the world be so meaningful? Why this is the most popular technique in Hungary?
Koppitz (1968) found that emotionally disturbed or poorly adjusted children project their problems involuntarily. They reveal a great deal about themselves in their pictures, particularly if they are in a situation where they can draw alone, or in the presence of a psychologist with an accepting attitude.
43 Ideas and Techniques You Get
- The 9 worst mistakes that many mental health professionals make when they interpret colour symbolism.
- The Spontaneous Focus of Attention: A technique that shows you what is the most important for the client.
- A fast and easy way to boost your quick psychological understanding of any picture.
This family drawing (left to right: mum, dad, Manó, i.e. the little girl, and grandma) was prepared by a 9-year-old girl. The mother holds a cane in her hand and wears a stern expression. Manó identifies with her father instead of her mother: they are standing next to each other in similar stances; the direction of the arms, the form and direction of the shoes and the bows are all similar.
- The 23 most important features that you should ALWAYS pay attention to in family drawings.
- Conflict indicators: A complete guide to Mother–and–child depictions.
- The 5 most reliable signs of neurotic children's kinetic drawings.
- How to develop your skills to understand psychological significance of the emotional-affective tone.
- The Bird's Nest Drawing that helps you to understand how the child feels himself/herself in the family.
- The self-psychological analysis of house drawings.
- The technique of the kinaesthetic empathy... and how it helps to understand inner feelings.
Left: The subject scribbled over the human figure drawing so hard and so carefully that the figure is barely visible. The scribbling was used purposefully , unlike in the drawing on the right: the subject (male, 26) discharges his tension in an undirected manner. The interpretations of this reaction are low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence in social situations, denial as a defence mechanism, feelings of inadequacy or impulsivity.
- How the method of the empathic questioning can dramatically improve your skills to facilitate understanding of hidden emotions.
- The fascinating method of imagining that the figure comes to life: One of the best proven tools of intuitive analysis.
- The quickest and easiest way to avoid the one mistake that many mental health professionals make when they interpret the picture's spatial symbolism.
- The 7 steps of the SSCA Method: The most comprehensive technique of psychological understanding ever made.
- Advanced techniques to understand symbols the pros use – but you can master these, too.
- The eight types of family drawings and paintings: A detailed guide.
- Signs of family neurosis in the pictures.
- Why you MUST know the Six Personality Levels of human figures.
- "Anatomy" of the line: The best tool to understand scribbles.
- How the Grätz-Scribble Technique reveals unconscious conflicts.
- What NEVER to do when you analyze a spontaneous scribble.
- What the Draw-A-Couple Colour Technique reveals about the future of the relationship.
- How does a depiction of a house disclose the true origin of neurotic symptoms in the childhood family.
- The right way to understand tree drawings and symbolism of root, trunk and branches... and the wrong way that is commonly used.
- Non-Existent Animals for couple's therapy: A brilliant way to tell your deepest feelings about your partner.
The primary elaboration of anxiety: A drawing by a five-year-old boy who is terrified of dogs. In the drawing, he depicted a dangerous wolf with his frightening mouth open very wide.
- What you must NEVER do when you explore conflicts between parents and children with the Drawing Together Method.
- A surprisingly deep and multi-faceted analysis: The Sixty-Second Drawing Technique.
- How the most simple circles reveals the current, the ideal and the future relationship.
- The Colour Keys Method: Map and meaning of your conscious and unconscious colour preferences.
- Ten signs of neurotic family drawings.
- Key features of the healthy family depictions that you MUST know.
- The golden rule that you should keep in mind for a deeper understanding of family drawings.
- A fascinating truth about the Regressed Family Drawing: A technique for adults that really works.
The family drawing on the left features the mother, the subject and the younger sibling. The father is missing from the drawing because “he has gone to work”. In family drawings, the omission of individual family members is a proven indicator of conflict with the person concerned (Corman, 1965, 1970).
- What does the lack of a smile signifies in the Mother–and–child technique.
- How mother-and-child drawings of a child, a preadolescent, an adolescent, and an adult are different.
- How healthy, well-functioning adult women draw or paint Mother–And–Child figures.
- The psychodiagnostic clues of MEN's mother-and-child drawings or paintings.
- What to observe in mother-and-child drawings: The three most important aspects
- Projective Animal Drawings: The essential symbolism of
- The amazing truth about symbolism of animal body parts... and how this helps you to reveal unconscious complexes.
- Depiction of the mouth and its psychoanalytic meanings: An surprising truth
- How to deal with Animal Family Drawings and their rich symbolism.
- Features of healthy kinetic drawings.
- And much, much more: Our favorite techniques tha t we use in our Institute!
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Are you a teacher or a kindergarten teacher?
- if you come across children's drawings in your work and you want to understand them from an pedagogical point of view
- if you want to use children's drawings to gain a deeper pedagogical insight into a child's life
- if you want to help determine which children need to be referred to a psychologist or another professional
- if your job as a form teacher requires getting to know children and their families
- if you want to see more clearly what's going on with a problematic child
- if you work as teacher or kindergarten teacher and want to make better decisions regarding children
Are you psychologist or art therapist?
- if so far you have always had to ask for your supervisor's assistance with interpreting your client's drawings
- if you have just started your career as a psychologist and you want to be able to perform your diagnostic tasks better
- if you are a clinical child psychologist and you want to gain more insights with the help of drawings
- if you work with adolescents and adults who find it hard to express themselves verbally
- if you need projective methods to access the unconscious
- if you want to use more drawing tests in addition to the usual, classic methods
Are you a student?
- if you are interested in projective methods and the message of children's drawings
- if you feel you haven't learned enough about drawings at your developmental psychology seminar at university
- if you want to collect tools for your future work
- if you feel (rightfully) that what books offer isn't enough
- if you are afraid whether you will be able to perform diagnostic tasks alone and you want to be confident in your knowledge
- if you want to work with children in the future (in an education counselling service, a school or a kindergarten)
- if you want to increase your chances of finding a job
- if you are looking for diagnostic tools for adults
- if you want to work in art therapy
- if you want to use drawing interpretation for a seminary paper or your thesis
- if you want extra points for your Master's degree application
Do you draw or paint?
- you are a professional artist and you want to understand yourself more
- if you have learned drawing in a group or from an expert and you feel your drawings have much meaning but you are unable to put that into words
- if you have participated in a right brain drawing course and you want to understand better what your pictures express
Do you want to use it with your clients?
- if you want to know more about children's drawings to help you throughout your sessions
- if you work with adolescents or adults and you want to understand the pictures better
- if you use couple or group drawings in your work and you want to gain deeper insights into their meaning
- if you want to have a deeper understanding of how to interpret a picture
- if you want to use methods other than the interpretation of symbols
- if you want to be familiar with the more general and scientific method of symbolic interpretation
- if you want to be better at translating visual expression into words
- if you want to use drawings and pictures as a compass in your group sessions
- if you find it difficult to give feedback to clients or parents
Are you interested in knowing who you are, too?
- if you feel there is something important in your art that you cannot put into words
- if you are looking for something and want to get answers to your questions about yourself
- if you want to understand the pictures you drew before (as a child or later)
- if you can express yourself better in drawings and pictures than in words
- if you feel your pictures are more honest than what you can put into words
- if you have already participated in art therapy or had your drawings interpreted and now you also want to be able to read in the language of drawings
At the end of the course, the Institute of Projective Drawings offer an online exam. If you were successful in achieving the 70% threshold, you will receive a certificate of completion, which you can share with your friends, relatives, co-workers and employers.
Prof. Dr. Diane Waller MA(RCA) DPhil, FRSA, OBE
Emeritus Professor of Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths, University of London
“This is an extraordinary work
different from the work already in the public domain in that it proposes a new, much more complex approach to the interpretation of drawings and paintings"
on the long-debated efficacy of projective drawing as diagnostic and therapeutic tools"
Prof. Catherine T. L. SUN
Professor & Head, Department of Counselling and Psychology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Prof. Dr. Carlos R. Hojaij
Clínica Psiquiatria Biológica Brasil, São Paulo
“Fantastic (!!!) ... No doubt it does deserve a world wide publication, for it will be very useful to so many professionals researching and working in art therapy and any one interested in expression and psychology"
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