Mosaic Art in Art Therapy

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Maxson, Jessica
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
This research study investigated whether the techniques and processes of the medium of mosaic art utilized the components of the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) in a uniquely beneficial way. A questionnaire was distributed to a study group of mosaic artists with at least an intermediate level of experience in the art form, and the facilitator of the group was interviewed. The researcher also undertook a self-reflective study. The responses were analyzed for common themes related to the use of the Kinesthetic, Sensory, Perceptual, Affective, Cognitive, and Symbolic components, as well as to evidence of functioning on the Creative level of the ETC. Results indicated that functioning with some components were stronger than with others, although there was evidence to support functioning with all. The implications of this research could be applied toward further studies and possibly toward interventions used in art therapy treatment.