Searching for the Self through the Art Process




Live session with Nona Orbach and Roberta Pucci about the Search for the Self through the Art Process:

18 February 2023 – 3.00 / 5.00 pm CET

The link will be sent the day before the session and the recorded session will be available from 20 February to 20 March 2023.


Part 1 – Roberta Pucci

There is a treasure in the first childhood playing: some very specific hints of the uniqueness of each child, a set of qualities, interests and characteristics that, somehow, also starts to define a vocation. They are the first traces of what Hillman calls the “daimon”: a potential core of our identity that (if will have the chance) will emerge throughout life.

We will try to look for the clues of this thread from the first playing in childhood to the art processes in adulthood. And then, we will see how to use this awareness both for our personal development and as a professional within an educational context.


Part 2 – Nona Orbach

Nona Orbach will present us the “Blueprint” through the documentation and observation of a girl, since she was a toddler to 11 years old.

The term “blueprint” embraces the essence of any creator’s actions, visualizations, thoughts and feelings that are conveyed physically in the making of art. All of these qualities, when assembled and marked down on paper, clay, etc., leave visual signs that create a unique fingerprint. This essential imprint will develop and become enriched throughout our life, if given the chance.

What are the best environment and approach for making each child’s Blueprint flourish?


Part 3

Questions & answers – Dialogue with the participants


Nona Orbach is a multidisciplinary artist, therapist, blogger, lecturer, and facilitator of workshops for art therapists in Israel and around the world. Her artwork engages with archeological and historical contexts and is compiled under the title of Tel-Nona. She also leads a social movement to change the Israeli education system through the learning and understanding afforded by the studio and the language of materials. She is the co-author of the book “The Spirit of Matter” and author of “The Good Enough Studio”. Looking forward to the upcoming, new book “The Book of Permission”.

Roberta Pucci is an atelierista and art therapist. From the early 2000s, she has held workshops and courses about the creative use of artistic, natural and recycled materials, especially for educators and teachers. She has spent the past seven years working as an atelierista in a preschool, in addition to one year at the Loris Malaguzzi Center of Reggio Emilia, with study groups from all over the world. She actually works as a consultant for several professional institutions and private clients. She is the author of the book “Laboratorio creativo con la carta” and co-author of the books “A spasso con una linea” and “Strano, stranissimo!”.