been developed by Arno Stern because of universal discoveries he made
when introducing free painting as a way of occupying young orphans in
France after World War II.
Look also here: biography of Arno Stern
A further essential element - besides the closed walls, which provide a feeling of safety and timelessness - is the strict and reliable structure of the 'painting play': regular weekly attendance for a longer period of time (preferably one year), the necessary rules (of the game) to provide a framework and care for the , the fact that every participant gets 'served' during this play and most importantly the attitude of being non-judgmental towards the paintings which after all will remain in the 'Closlieu' to prevent critical comments or any dependency on outer authorities.
To get to an even deeper understanding of Arno Stern's realizations around painting in a 'Closlieu' we regularly offer information evenings and individual appointments.
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the term the 'Painting Play' indicates it is not about teaching art
techniques, nor is it any kind of Art-Therapy or 'Expressive-Painting'.
It is about providing the necessary elements by which every participant
will be enabled to playfully follow his/her own impulses, which Arno
Stern calls the 'natural trace'.
place allows us to renounce reason, to which we all have been dearly
educated. Being unreasonable during painting in the 'Closlieu' can never
be dangerous because it is taking place among other participants and the
serving person, who is present of mind at all times. Moreover this
particular play is limited by time and place- in the end the person
returns from his unreasonable journey back to the real world, just as it
happens after a concert or a (stage)play."
framework is given by a couple of rules and regulations regarding the
handling of the materials, so that care and thoughtfulness are practiced
in order to guarantee each player a free flowing (painting) process".
'Play of Painting' ideally can be described as a flow from the inside
outwards! It is not happening by coincidence nor as a wild expression,
even if it is not reigned by reason. The forms and figures of this
expression are results of an inner drive, which impose themselves to him,
who freed himself of concepts and conditionings and start to appear,
once he has liberated the extaordinary, which is hidden inside".
Yet those acquired concepts and conditionings are inhibiting already most of our children, by being confronted with learning Art Techniques when entering Kindergarden and School. By being taught, corrected, questioned or criticized - even if meant in the best of intentions - the child will compromise its own impulses and adapt solely to outer expectations and evaluation.
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Humans follow their creative impulses und painting is one expression of them. The painting person will experience herself inevitably as a creator, not as an imitator.
To make it clear and avoid misunderstanding - we do not have any reservations against the Fine Arts! The 'Painting Play' isn't contradictory to the Fine Arts.
the Art to the artists