A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.
A white silhouette of a person against a light blue background.

Claudia Angel




Visual Artist, Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and Licensed Clinical Counselor (LCPC). Currently in private practice. Education: BA Visual Arts, 2010, Universidad Javeriana, Colombia; MA Art Therapy, 2016, School of The Art Institute.

Personal Statement

I am a Colombian visual artist who migrated to the US eight years ago in the pursuit of a Master's Degree in Art Therapy at SAIC. My professional experience has entailed work across institutions: schools, museums, community mental health facilities and mental health private practice. Throughout my trajectory I have facilitated art making and art reflection for groups of students, museum visitors and now mental health consumers. I currently practice as an art therapist and psychotherapist at a private practice and approach my work through a lens that is open to explore how the intersection between art making and mental health takes on different meanings in each individual according to their personal history and social positionality. I use the notions of intersectionality, decolonization and depathologization to guide my practice.


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This is an entry-level experiential class which explores and implements concepts from art therapy and related fields. The course presents a blend of approaches including Eastern traditions, Jungian psychology, and other sources. Studio work and writing will be used as tools to understand and cultivate the discipline of self-awareness. The class will be structured as a community of participants engaging in and studying the phenomenon of the creative process. Each class meeting will involve art making and writing as well as discussion of ideas based on readings and experiences. This course is for anyone wanting to explore the relationship between art and life, self, other, and community in experiential and theoretical ways within an art therapy framework. It will be of value to those considering working with others using art, such as teachers or art therapists, as well as for those who may wish to establish art and/or writing as a form of practice and discipline in their lives. Open to all students.

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