In and Of the Greater Community of Artists
Art has led Lilla Matheson Ohrstrom's way through schools, apprenticeships and countries. It has presented her with both mentors and students. She has taken from art and she has given back.
She built her foundation at Parsons School of Design in Paris, France studying painting, sculpture, ceramics, French and art history. While still in France, Lilla studied classical sculpture with Ceril Heck, followed by further study in sculpture with Austrian born sculptor Felix de Weldon in Rhode Island.
As Lilla continued to develop her mastery of sculpture, ceramics, metal casting and making, commissions began to come in followed by solo exhibits in the States and in France.
A Calling Insinuates Itself
Lilla began to teach children to make art too. Then adults and children. Which led to teaching George Mason students about creativity and nature. She wanted to teach all kinds of people and work with everyone: all ages, nationalities, ethnicities, orientations. She hungered to understand people and the world.
She was drawn to a practice of mindfulness. Soon, she was accepting a certificate of completion from Thich Nhat Hanh in Transformation and Healing: The Art of Suffering. She completed The Five Mindfulness Trainings at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism. Lilla has 75 hours in generative trance work, and has earned Reiki 1 and 2 attunements. This work has enabled a depth of insight into her clients' experience which would serve later in her art therapy practice.
In 2014, Lilla found volunteering at A Place to Be, a music therapy organization, deeply rewarding. By 2015, Lilla had commenced a master’s degree in art therapy at George Washington University and was developing an art therapy program at A Place to Be. All the time, practicing her own art; working with other artists and hosting exhibitions. Lilla has now completed her masters of art in art therapy, done 1,000 art therapy internship hours and has worked with private clients at GWU trauma clinic. She has now brought her practice of art therapy to Youngblood Art Studio.