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Heather Hennick

Heather Hennick

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Encaustic

I use purified Beeswax with dried pigment and damar crystals (tree resin) for hardening.
I heat the wax to a molten point where I can apply the wax as liquid to a rigid surface such as masonite or wood, coated card stock or absorbant paper.
Each layer is fused to the next with a heat source, thus a commitment to the composition evolves. I work spontaneously as I create the composition.
The process may include techniques such as ironing, carving, embedding materials, transfer techniques, stamping, drawing and painting. I believe encaustic is a forgiving medium that includes a multitude of modalities and creative opportunities for expression.
Encaustic is a natural preservative that allows me to capture time, my story and the human spirit.

Dry Wool Felting

I use a barbed pin to push the wool fibers through the wool canvas.
Wool fibers entangle on each other to form a cloth. As fibers curl around each other, the scales catch on each other and become entangled. Another name for feltmaking is massive entanglement. The fibers are entangled enough to have created a fabric which holds together as one mass. I use this process to create a painting from wool fiber. The sensation of felting allows me to meditate with every stroke. It is a meticulous process which reduces stress and drives my imagination. I enjoy working with natural materials of which connect me to a state of mindfulness. Doing hand work activates our parasympathetic nervous system. We are naturally calmed making it easier to handle what ever else might be coming up.
The natural 100% wool presents as a dry, safe, flexible and tactile medium that allow me to feel from the inside out and then from outside in.

NOTE: At times, I may combine bees wax (encaustic) and wool. For me, this is a metaphor for relationships.

What is Art Therapy?

1) Art therapy is an interpersonal experience in which a therapist facilitates, guides, witnesses and responds to an individual’s art process and art expressions, based on best practices and current and emerging research.

2) Art therapy is different than self-help experiences in that there is a helping professional and an individual [family or group] seeking assistance from a therapist to make changes. The relationship between a therapist, an individual, and the art process and art products is essential to art therapy and includes purposeful dialogue and specific therapeutic interventions in response to both process and product.

3) Current and emerging research in mind-body medicine, allied health and integrative healthcare demonstrates that art therapy is an effective, health-enhancing intervention and form of treatment (Malchiodi, 2012).


Art Therapy Specialties: I specialize in mental health, those with mental and physical disabilities, geriatrics/long-term care and self care workshops. I have completed a study and thesis using (encaustic) art therapy. My graduate thesis is entitled " An exploration of the potential of encaustic art therapy as an intervention for burnout and compassion fatigue with healthcare professionals."
Region: Toronto and surrounding area
Other Specialties: I am a practicing artist/art psychotherapist and can provide quality art experiences. I have an in-depth understanding of the creative process and am able to facilitate this for others. I work with all ages. I facilitate group and private sessions.

My art therapy workshop-sessions embody, engage and absorb the client/s in their own art materials and collaborative process. As a professional art psychotherapist I have learned how to stay with the uncertainty and other difficult feelings that arise as part of the process that is crucial. I am a practicing artist, accessed psychotherapy myself throughout training and I am able to practice in a meaningful way. My therapy is not a dry set of techniques but a soul nurturing, rich, creative and wonderful psychotherapy that allows any client to find themselves in the centre of the PROCESS. I offer a safe psychologically contained space and relationship. I stay with the image and the process. I believe in a mind, body and spirited connection.

Artist/ Professional Art Therapist: Heather Hennick, B.A., R.G.D., DTATI

I was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec Canada.
Inspired by nature and believe in a mind, body and spirit connection.
I consider myself spiritual rather than religious and I practice art making daily.
I associate with many artists and I participate in local and international workshops and art exhibitions.

Completed (graduate level) thesis for Art Therapy 2013- Toronto Art Therapy Institute
Resides in Thornhill, Ontario

1976-1979 Diploma Graphic Technology Dawson College- Montreal, Quebec Canada
Status : Registered Graphic Designer

1996 B.A. Creative Art Studies- York University- Toronto, Ontario Canada

1998-Current R.G.D. Status with the Ontario Graphic Designer Association

2003- Diploma Canadian Institute of Floral Design

1980- Current- Owner of Henco Consulting Inc.

Division of Partyzazz (www.partyzazz.com)

May 2010- 2013- Toronto Art Therapy Institute(Graduate Level Studies- master level)
Art Therapy Graduate
Placements: York Central Hospital (Mental Health and Geriatrics)
Sunnybrook Hospital (Geriatrics- Veterans)
Reena Foundation (Developmental Disabilities)
Interval House Shelter (Trauma)
Canadian Mental Health Association

Member of The Canadian Art Therapy Association
Committee member for the CATA convention 2011

Award
2008 Vaughan Juried Exhibition
Works selected Encaustic 'He's Away'
Honorable Mention-Encaustic 'Connection"

Spiritual Expressions Through Art
April 21-26, 2009
at J.E.H. Thoreau MacDonald House
(Heritage District)
121 Centre Street, Thornhill, Ontario

Painted Violin Project May 17, 2009
Proceeds benefit the non-profit
Florida Youth Orchestra

March 2009- Submission accepted of 'Lawbird'
encausticandmore.com
Juried Gallery

April 2009-Submission accepted of 'My Higher Self'
encausticandmore.com
Juried Gallery

Juried Painted Violin Projects, September 21, 2009
Proceeds benefit the non-profit
Florida Youth Orchestra

Toronto Art Therapy Institute
2009-2013 Art Therapy Graduate

Member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association

CRPO applicant as RP(qualifying) 2015

Canadian Mental Health Association- July-December 2010

Reena (Developmentally challenged Population)
Art Therapy Workshop Facilitator June-December 2010
In- service art therapy presentation

Interval House (Shelter for Women and Children) November-December 2010

Art Therapy internship-Mackenzie Health Hospital, Richmond Hill, Ontario
December-August 2011
Mental Health/Geriatrics
In-service of encaustic art therapy

Art Therapy Internship-Sunnybrook Health Sciences-Hospital, Toronto
May-August 2011
Veteran's Center, Pallative Care
Inter-professional training program certificate
In-service of encaustic art therapy

Spiritual Expressions Through Art
April 13-18, 2010
J.E.H. Thoreau MacDonald House
(Heritage District)
121 Centre Street, Thornhill, Ontario

City of Vaughan Juried Exhibition- May-June 2011
'Recollections'

Numerous artwork is held in private collections

October 2011- Facilitator of Stress reduction Workshops for Health Care Professionals at Mackenzie Health Hospital

September 2012- Therapeutic wool entanglement- art workshops - private and group

November 2012- Facilitated workshop in Toronto ' The Ancient Art of Encaustic Painting' for the Ontario Art Therapy Association

May 25, 2013- Burlington Art Centre- Ontario Art Therapy Association- Conference Workshop -'Changing Views',
'The Ancient Art of Encaustic Painting'

Member of the Richmond Hill Group of Artists 2013-current
Juried exhibition- Award August 2013
Summer exhibition
Winter exhibitions
Facilitated 2 hour demo in encaustic techniques for artists followed by a workshop 2014

Cultural Summit- in Richmond Hill 2014-2015 juried submissions

Nov 23- December 7, Collingwood 2013 - Andrea Rinaldo Art and Design Gallery-'Tall and Skinny' exhibition (Tremont associate)

June-August 2013 Newmarket Healthcare Center- Created and facilitated Group 10 week Art Therapy program for Long term care

Solo Fine Art Exhibit
Creations in dry wool felting
"Meditation in Wool"
Mill Pond Gallery
February 22/23, 2014
Solo Fine At Exhibition
Nov 15-16
"Journey in Hummanness"
Nov, 29-Dec 7- "Small Treasure" Group Show

Artist in residence programs (Mill Pond Gallery) 2014-2015-2016

Encaustic and mixed mediums - program 2015-2016
Art Therapy Workshops for self-care, reduce stress and support the therapeutic needs within a group or private - No Artistic Experience is required

These workshops includes a brief introduction to art therapy, methodology an hour for art making, and ample time for discussion and processing of each participant's work.The sessions offer a safe, supportive environment which respects the pace and limits of each group member. The cost is $65 per class (with option to use package of 4 sessions) . No art experience is needed. The group size is limited , and is open to both women and men. Please call to pre-register. I welcome any questions you may have concerning the workshop, or about individual art therapy for men, women or children.
(material and equipment included)

A. Encaustic in art therapy
In these workshops, participants use molton beeswax to give imagery to their feelings, thoughts, and imagination. These images may begin with exploration of a dream, a memory, or an emotion; a specific idea or simply an urge to play. This meaningful play often provides a new mode of expression which allows a lively, insightful relationship with personal imagery. Other mediums my be used with the encaustic-beeswax.

B. Wool and Fiber in art therapy
In these workshops, participants use natural wool and alternate fibers to calm feelings and thoughts, and to stimulate imagination via the process. The tactile processing of dry wool felting is a stress-reducing component that opens one's capacity for mindfulness. Participants are encouraged to share in their experience and relate it to their personal life journey.

C. The Healing Journal
Initially clients directed into a brief warm up on drawing paper, to reduce stress and open the channels for expression. Following this activity in an art journal, clients are encouraged to use a variety of art mediums using a choice or all of (paint, markers, pastels or collage) to express themselves often expanding on their warm up.
They are then asked to write about their artwork and thoughts and experiences.
Sharing will follow. Results from weekly journaling will create a healing journey .

I travel within the GTA or surrounding area.
Consent forms are required prior to sessions.
No experience is required.

Group - varied programs available- package fees for 3 or more group sessions may apply
Private available


On going year round program ( Encaustic and mixed mediums) on Wednesdays at The Mill Pond Gallery: 1-3 pm, 7-9 pm
-Self-care-Reduce stress

RHGA.ca for details or contact me at hennick905@gmail.com- Pre- registration required



Note: Insurance:

If you have a health insurance policy, it will usually provide some coverage for mental health services. It is important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers. However, you (not the insurance company) are responsible for full payment of my fees. I will provide you with a copy of your receipt, which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. You should be aware that most insurance companies require me to provide them with a clinical diagnosis, and sometimes-additional information such as treatment plans. Finally, you should be aware that if you are charged for a missed appointment, it is you, not the insurance company, who is ultimately responsible for charged fees.

Current 2015- Private and Group Art & Art Therapy Workshops and Encaustic Supplies
www.partyzazz.com-(supplies)
blog: art4therapy.blogspot.ca
www.heatherhennick.com
www.heatherhennick.ca
www.canadianarttherapy.org

 

Microcosm of a City by Heather Hennick

 

Three Women in the Pool by Heather Hennick

 

Woman in the Pool by Heather Hennick

 

Recovery Mode by Heather Hennick

 

Clarity by Heather Hennick

 

Feeling of Groundedness by Heather Hennick

 

Soul Skin by Heather Hennick

 

Pockets of Promise by Heather Hennick

 

Fragments of Hope by Heather Hennick

 

Holding the Experience by Heather Hennick

 

Parts of my past III by Heather Hennick

 

Parts of my past II by Heather Hennick

 

Parts of my past I by Heather Hennick

 

Birch Paradise by Heather Hennick

 

Autumn Forest by Heather Hennick

 

Birch in Wool and Wax by Heather Hennick

 

Birch Forest by Heather Hennick

 

Birch Trees 1 by Heather Hennick

 

Georgian Bay by Heather Hennick

 

Abstinence by Heather Hennick

 

A new way of working by Heather Hennick

 

Fashionista by Heather Hennick

 

With a small head by Heather Hennick

 

The second sitting by Heather Hennick

 

The Covering by Heather Hennick

 

Girl with Blue Nail polish by Heather Hennick

 

The Journey by Heather Hennick

 

Palm Haven by Heather Hennick

 

A Small Fish in a Big Pond by Heather Hennick

 

Finding Buddah by Heather Hennick

 

Now what by Heather Hennick

 

Feeling the Stretch by Heather Hennick

 

Pretending by Heather Hennick

 

A Girl Posing by Heather Hennick

 

The Challenge by Heather Hennick

 

Woman in a Quick Pose by Heather Hennick

 

Woman on a chair by Heather Hennick

 

Stress by Heather Hennick

 

The Big Challenge by Heather Hennick

 

The Back of the Woman by Heather Hennick

 

A Quick Pose by Heather Hennick

 

Woman is Amused by Heather Hennick

 

Woman in an Easy Pose by Heather Hennick

 

Seated nude woman by Heather Hennick

 

Woman sitting in a Chair by Heather Hennick

 

5 minute drawing of woman wearing hat by Heather Hennick

 

Woman Thinking by Heather Hennick

 

Woman Relaxing by Heather Hennick