Part one: What is a portfolio in art therapy?
Preserving and documenting
When I begin with a new child or family, a large poster size folder 24 x36 is assigned with their name on it; it is first used to collect all 2D art work created during the therapeutic process. The exception may be a large mural that doesn't fit inside. All 3D materials are kept together as an extension to the flat work; at times in a box or a corner of a cupboard (some pieces are awkward shapes or over-sized). Ephemeral creations are captured with photographs or serve to document a drawn out creative process. All are dated and added to the portfolio. At times the child may wish to decorate his folder, a way to make it special by valuing the container that will receive their work. It is a symbolic means of saying I value myself, and value what we are doing together.