NU arts gallery + studios

Marney Schorr

Studio #13 and Studio #5



Saturday mornings December 3, 10, 17 and January 7, 14 and 21 from 9 to 11 am.

In this online art therapy course, you will learn the origins, history and theories that contributed to the development of art therapy. We will explore how art therapists assess and interpret artwork and try out some art making experientials including Florence Cane´s Scribble drawing, the Draw a Person in the Rain, the Mandala, the Bridge Drawing and more. Each week will be an integrative art therapy lecture and art-making activity, as well as group discussion and time for questions and answers with Art Therapist, Author & Teaching Artist, Marney Schorr. The course will also feature resources for learning more about art therapy and how you can incorporate it in your work and for personal growth.

This class meets for six weeks from Dec 3 to Jan 21 with no class on Dec 24 or Jan 31. Fee: $200 or $35 per session OR Sliding scale fee OR student discount available. A deposit of $35 is required to reserve your spot. Payments can be made by PayPal at, with a check by mail or on the Eventbrite website. Contact me for more. To register please go to:…/the-development-of-art…


October 15 – December 2, 2022 – Saturdays from 9 am – 11 am

In person at Marney´s private art studio at NUarts Gallery and Studios. You may also participate from Zoom with your own materials.

In this six part workshop series, we will co-create a safe and sacred space for an intuitive art experience. Each of us will be entering our own deeply personal process in both community and in quiet reflection. Touch drawing is a very spontaneous and intuitive practice where we can discover things about ourselves in imagery that emerges from our unconscious. There is no wrong way to do touch drawing. In fact, it is experimental by nature.

Touch drawing requires you to open up to an intuitively creative process which may include standing or sitting, closing your eyes, getting in touch with your body, and working with both of your hands in a variety of ways. You may experience touch drawing as a deeply embodied or spiritual practice or more simply as a form of play. You will be asked to let go of the art critic, keep an open mind, and just explore materials in different ways.

Materials provided for Touch Drawing in the studio include water-soluble oil paints, brayers, boards, transparency papers, mounting paper, adhesive, oil and chalk pastels, and watercolors. Please bring your own journal for reflective writing.

Session 1: Somatic Experiencing and the Method of Touch Drawing
Session 2: Sound Healing and Color Energies
Session 3: Archetypes and Parts in Soul Cards: Telling our Stories
Session 4: The Element of Water, Flow and Fluidity
Session 5: Making Space for Emotional Experience
Session 6: Body Wisdom and Self Care

In person: There are five in person spots in the art studio. Cost: $200. Due to the nature of art materials in this course, a non-refundable $50 materials
fee is required in advance.

Zoom: Cost: $150 plus the cost of your own supplies.
Supplies you will need:

  • A set of water soluble oil paints (such as Winsor and Newton)
  • A board with a laminate surface at least 16×20 inches
  • A brayer
  • Tissue or packaging paper preferably sized 15×20 inches (you can use another size if you prefer, depending on your board size) You will want a minimum of 25 sheets, preferably 50.
  • 16×20 paper or poster board for mounting images
  • Adhesive (Mod podge is best)
  • Optional: Chalk pastels, oil pastels, watercolor paints
  • A journal for reflective writing

Payment: A deposit of $50 is required to hold your spot. (Non-refundable if in person). You may pay with cash, check or PayPal.

If using PayPal please use the ´send money to a friend’ feature to avoid
surcharges and send to

If paying by check, please contact me for the mailing address.

To pay in cash, please contact me to arrange a time to meet at the studio at



July 9 – Sept 17, 2022 – Every other Saturday from 9:30-11:30 am

This is a six part hybrid workshop. You may participate at home from Zoom or in person at Marney’s private art studio at NUarts Gallery & Studios. Seating in the studio is limited to five participants.

Description: This six part expressive arts series is for artists seeking to enhance their creativity, find inspiration, and experience deeper meaning in their work and practice whether you call yourself an artist or not. We will create, engage and support each other with creative community in a small group setting. Each session includes self reflection writing in an Artist Inventory and experiential, therapeutic art making aimed to help you better understand your artist identity. Supplemental readings and videos are also included.

Cost: $25 per session payable via PayPal’s ‘send money to a friend’ at


Marney Schorr is an Art Therapist, Author, and Teaching Artist at NUarts Gallery & Studios where she provides individual, family and group art therapy, workshops and classes. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Art Therapy from Long Island University and and her Bachelor’s in Visual Art from Empire State College. She has taught art therapy at Springfield College, Annamaria College, Berkshire Community College, Empire State College and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has presented regionally for the NJ Art Therapy Association, and nationally for the American Art Therapy Association and the Expressive Therapies Summit, including her role as Chair of the Suicide Prevention Track in 2018.


Marney is the Founding Director of the nationally recognized arts-based youth suicide prevention program, Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY) and Author of the first book about art therapy and youth suicide prevention, DBT and Art For Youth Suicide Prevention : When Art Saves Lives (2022) with Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  She has won the MA Statehouse Award for Excellence in Leadership in Suicide Prevention (2018), the Top 25 Most Influential People in Berkshire County Award (2018), Official Citations from Senator Hinds (2019) and State Rep Tricia Farley Bouvier (2020). Since 2016, she has received numerous grant awards for her work in art therapy for youth suicide prevention. For more info about this program. please visit the AIRY website at


Marney is committed to making the arts accessible through community work. She facilitates art therapy groups, workshops and arts events for adults, children, teens and families including:

  • Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY)
  • Artist Identity
  • Art Making and Radical Self Care
  • Arts in Recovery for Women
  • Self Soothing with Art & DBT
  • Transforming Depression with Art
  • Art & Legacy
  • Women & The Creative Self at OLLI
  • The family art therapy project at the Christian Center


Marney is a frequent exhibiting fine artist in New York, New England, and the Berkshires. Her studio practice includes painting, drawing, mixed media, assemblage, sand tray and collage. She creates abstracts and personal narratives with a focus on the therapeutic use of art materials. Her works are currently available for purchase at NU Arts Gallery & Studios in Pittsfield, MA.

Since 2020, Marney has been developing series of gouache works on paper and canvas that are tributes to legendary jazz masters such as Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Her series, Take Five and all that Jazz has been exhibited throughout Berkshire County. See more of Marney’s work on her Facebook page at

All works are for sale and prices typically range from between $100-300. Artwork can be shipped anywhere in the U.S.

Contact Marney at:

e-mail:   /   phone: (631) 697-8291

Artist Statement

I make art because it is what I know, and I´ve been making art for as long as I can remember. I make art because it grounds me like nothing else in my life. I make art as a way of exploring my emotions, of processing and coming to terms with them. It gives me the feeling of release. It is my favorite pastime. It is a language that I understand and resonate with.

In art, I find freedom, wonder, exploration. Art breaks through the confines of life, and makes the hardships easier to tolerate. Art is both an adventure and a grounding force, like a tree rooting me to the earth. Art heals me. It is easy for me to be an artist, because it feels more right than anything else I´ve ever experienced. I relate to artists. Art is a safe space for me, a container where I can put my entire human experience. In my art, I get to play, be curious, stay young at heart, and investigate things. Art is authentic for me, the most authentic part of me.

When I make art, I become quietly energized. I become free from the distractions of the world. I create imaginary worlds, expressions of what I experience in life – whether joyful or painful, ethereal or filled with deep reflections. I am drawn into what I create and it holds me and sustains me. I am more myself when I make art than at any other time, except perhaps when I am making art with others.

I generally don’t talk to myself at all until I am near the end of a piece. In art making, I actually give my thinking brain a rest. But sometimes I do think about composition or what I want to say or deliver on the art piece. It is an instinctual voice that responds to the art and is engulfed in the art, rather than outside of the art. 

I feel that my identity as an artist and as an art therapist are intertwined. I make art from a therapeutic lens. I generally tend to disregard academic principles of art, but there are times I want to change this, and become more thoughtful about what I make.  I am not sure what ¨kind¨ of artist I am per se. I probably would label myself an expressionist painter but also a mixed media artist because I love exploring new materials, even if they are in a primitive form. My artist identity has to do with raw expression. Very raw, focused more on what I’m discharging into the art, than the aesthetic. However in the past two years, my art has been the most aesthetic of my life. I think perhaps because I turned to art as a true escape and a place to build harmony and peace. And that came forward in my art.  When I began successfully selling my art in my Take Five jazz series, it was a wonderful experience because I realized my art made others happy, and this in turn, made me happy. 

Being an artist is natural for me and yet there is an inherent insecurity about it that never really goes away. In more recent years as my art has developed, I wonder more how my art will be perceived. When I am making art, I am not in control. So when I come back out of my artistic immersion, it feels like I must catch up with the rest of my world, like I must regain control again. There is an uncertainty that comes with being an artist. Every time it is both new and familiar. I often feel that I don’t know what will come forth and I don’t know what the life of the art will be. It sort of just exists in a timeless space. It is unconventional. It is mysterious. It is one of the most pure things I know.

I value how my art captures parts of me, parts of my life. It is like my experience is preserved in my art forever. As if moments of time are never lost. I value that my art contributes something to the world, and in some cases makes a difference in the world. I value the newness of each piece of art. I value having a platform for exploration. I value the authenticity it provides, a place for personal growth and the meaning I can find in the art. I am surprised by my art each time, as if I never know what will come out of me.   

I believe that my creative qualities include being very open to the process, trusting my intuition, allowing myself to be vulnerable and to pour out my deepest being. I am very open to sharing my art with others and making art with others and serving as a guide or channel to help others access their creative selves – somewhere in the middle of my being a teaching artist and an art therapist. I am open, spontaneous, intuitive, and dedicated to my art. 

I would like to become more intentional with my art. I would like to explore deeper directions with my art, and move more into making art to say something important to the world.

Being an artist has opened a door for me to know and collaborate and share ideas with other artists. This feels very ´right´ to me, like a comfortable slipper or sweatshirt. I feel at home, I feel like myself. I feel like there is a whole community with me on my journey. So even though there is the idea that the artist is a loner, or spends a great deal of time alone, there is a whole aspect that is community-building. I am very grateful for this. 


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