Dandelion Therapeutic Art Center Catalog

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Create. Connect. Transform. www.dandelionarttherapy.com

“Creating meaning is not an isolative process.” ~ Bruce Moon

American art therapist, educator, artist, and author


2024 Dear Dandelion Friends and Families, At Dandelion, we strive to provide a creative, supportive, and healing space for all to continue -- or even get started on -their art therapy journeys. Often, growth doesn’t happen in isolation. Groups offer a community to be seen, heard, and supported. Our groups use the language of creativity as a way to connect, explore and express, while leaning into the magic of being with other people and their experiences. I believe there is “no equation” to art. So, no art experience is needed to get the most out of our groups and workshops. Our art therapists are here to guide you with materials, techniques, and your goals. You just need to bring an open mind, a little bit of wonder, and ... a readiness to move beyond words. I invite you to browse through our catalog of offerings. We are really excited to put these programs together for you, all of which are facilitated by Dandelion art therapists. I look forward to welcoming you to one of our groups in 2024!

Caroline Tye, LCPC, ATR-BC Owner, Dandelion Therapeutic Art Center


Our purpose is to be the #1 therapeutic art center in Chicago, placing value on demystifying art therapy for the community and providing an art-based approach to better serve our clients, families, and community, and, be a space where art therapists grow, learn, and thrive.


Table of Contents 06 Therapeutic Art Groups Kids Young Adults Adults

12 Parent Speaker Series 16 Continued Education Therapists Art Therapists

20 Art Processing Groups 21 Meet Our Staff 22 Registration Details For our most up-to-date offerings, go to www.dandelionarttherapy.com All artwork created by Dandelion art therapists and clients


Therapeutic Art Groups Therapeutic art groups provide individuals a space to get messy, create, connect, and benefit from all that art and community have to offer. Dandelion has designed these groups to support individuals seeking new ways to create with others in an intentional way, with the goal of supporting overall mental health and balancing the typical life stressors.


Kids Create & Connect

Ages 8 - 10 Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m. Kids today face challenges that we never faced and need healthy social and coping skills and strategies. Through the artmaking process and guidance of a Dandelion art therapist, Create & Connect kids will learn techniques to help regulate emotions and find ways to express themselves -- surrounded by other kids just like them. January 5 to February 2 February 16 to March 15 May 3 to June 7 (Off May 24) September 13 to October 11 November 1 to December 6 (Off November 29) Cost: $135 for 5 sessions plus a one-time $10 art materials fee

Art Club

Ages 11 - 14 Saturdays from 10:00 to 11 a.m. This is not your ordinary art club! Art Club at Dandelion is a space where everyone belongs and matters. It’s about being surrounded by others looking for a space of their own to be themselves, create, and get messy. Club members will learn ways to express themselves, use their voice, and explore their own identity through the creative process. Starting September 7 (Enrollment is open and rolling so join us when you can) Monthly Membership: $150


Young Adults Seniors to College For all those college bound in 2024 Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Transitioning from high school to college ... from living with parents/guardians to being on your own ... from leaving friends, classmates, teammates to making new ones ... is both exciting and a little scary. Our college prep group will provide college-bound individuals space to reflect, prep, and express themselves through the creative process -- surrounded by others that are facing the same life transition. June 4, 11, 18, 25 & August 6 for a send-off gathering Cost: $175 for five sessions


Adults Make and Mingle for Adults Adulting in 2024 is not for the faint of heart. That’s why we created a group to help you explore who you are in this messy world. Through the artmaking process and guidance of a Dandelion art therapist, participants will engage in the creative process to find a sense of community, belonging, and self. For Adults 24 to 34 Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 11 to August 8 For Adults 35 to 55 Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. October 3 to October 31 Cost: $135 for five sessions plus a one-time $10 art materials fee 9

Messy Morning Moms Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Being a mom is beyond hard and is a whole lot of mess! And that’s perfect. This is a therapeutic art group to promote and provide space for moms to express, explore, and accept messy parenting in a creative, supportive, and non-judgmental space. Surround yourself with other moms like you. September 10 - October 8 Cost: $150 for five sessions plus a one-time $10 art material fee


Parent Speaker Series 2024 Parenting is beyond hard. And doesn’t come with a how-to manual. At Dandelion, we very much understand the challenges of parenting. Our Parent Speaker Series is designed to help parents navigate the difficult, challenging, and messy moments of parenting -- and to remind you that you are not the only parent struggling through these challenges. Sessions are no cost and a recording of virtual sessions are sent to all those registered. 12

“The thing about parenting rules is there aren't any. That's what makes it so difficult.” ~ Ewan McGregor (Just like art!)


Growing Up Now (Virtual) Friday, February 23 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A panel of experts discuss the challenges that kids today navigate that’s unique to their generation and how parents can best support them.

Getting Comfortable with Pronouns (In Studio)

Saturday, May 18 10 to 11 a.m. Dr Courtney Wells and Lee Wells, authors of A Kids Book About Pronouns, discuss gender identity and answer parent questions.

Good Food = Good Mood?

The Effects of Nutrition on Kids’ Mental Health (Virtual)

Friday, September 20 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Christina Fitzgerald, nutritionist, discusses the impact of diet and the effect it has on all things mental health.

Riding The Rollercoaster of Puberty Without Screaming (Virtual) TBD


Continued Education Dandelion CE experiences are artfully-crafted to provide individuals in the helping profession a unique and hands-on learning experience. In all of our CE experiences, creating and artmaking will be aligned with goals that will promote new perspectives within your clinical work. While these CE experiences do not qualify you as an “art therapist,” we know that your clients will benefit from your creating, learning, and growing -- and you will also reap the benefits from the art as well! No previous art making required and you don’t have to be an art therapist to attend! 16

The Art of Looking 2.0 May 31 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 2 CEs An interactive workshop that uses public art to encourage you to stop, look, and see things in a new way – as it relates to the art and, ultimately, your clients.

Nurturing Your Therapist Part June 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 2 CES During the two hours we’re together, we will help you reconnect with your authentic therapist self and, in turn, with your clients. You’ll gain new insights and fresh perspectives through: dollmaking of your therapist self, writing using creative prompts, and art therapy techniques.

Give Me A Virtual Break August 2 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 2 CEs An experience that invites telehealth providers to step away from their computers and participate in an interactive, creative self-care experience. You will leave with three ways creativity can help reduce virtual exhaustion, a new self-care strategy to help reduce virtual burnout, and a tangible tool that can be used to help manage or prevent feeling rundown. All strategies can be used clinically with your clients. 17

Art Therapist Summer Camp July 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5 CEs For Art Therapists (only) Are making, creating, and art still at the forefront of your practice? Are you creating and making your own art? Are you connecting to art therapists within your community? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, Dandelion is offering our first ever Art Therapist Summer Camp! This is a unique experience where art therapists come together to create, connect, learn, and reinvigorate your love for art therapy. This year’s summer camp theme is centered on reconnecting to the art in our work. We will have deep, meaningful discussion about our work while engaging in the creative process.


Art Therapy Processing Groups Art Therapy Processing Groups are designed to support Dandelion clients as they ready to step down from individual sessions and transition into more group work or add some extra art therapy support to their individual sessions. These groups require a referral from your current art therapist or an initial assessment from a Dandelion staff member. If interested: Speak with your current art therapist or email hello@dandelionartstudio.com


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Registration Registration is easy Simply email: hello@dandelionartstudio.com Location for all sessions are at 1628 W. Montrose, unless otherwise noted


“The goal of art isn’t to obtain perfection. The goal is to share who we are. And how we see the world.” ~ Rick Rubin Def Jam Recordings Co-Founder

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