Marney Schorr
Teaching Artist & Art Therapist




An Art Therapy Group for Teen & Young Adult Suicide Attempt Survivors

Arts in Recovery for Youth is a new Art Therapy program for youth suicide attempt survivors and those struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors between the ages of 13-24, facilitated by an Art Therapist with lived experience.


We combine art with strategies and tools for suicide prevention including DBT and trauma-informed care. We meet weekly in a small group setting at a private art studio in downtown Pittsfield. All materials are supplied.


We meet for 12 Wednesdays from 4-6 pm in the Pittsfield studio.

Please stay tuned for information about our upcoming group in North Adams (Spring 2018).

There is no cost to attend this closed group by clinician referral. We are funded by the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention at and the Department of Public Health.



An 8 week

Art Therapy Workshop

for Older Adults


Wednesday mornings

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

September 6 - October 25, 2017


NU Arts Gallery & Studios

311 North St, Pittsfield MA

Union St entrance next to Mary's Carrot Cake


Cost: $200 (includes all art materials,

12 x 12 scrapbook and 16 hours of studio time)


In this 8 week art therapy workshop, we will creatively explore our life journey and legacy, in word and symbol, as we move into the future. We will transform fear into wisdom, create Action Plans for future planning, and share resources, strengths and support. Paint, clay and collage on paper as well as journaling exercises are offered in a small group setting at a private art studio.


To register, or for more information, contact:

Art Therapist Marney Schorr

by tel: (631) 697-8291

by email: [email protected]

Self-Soothing with Art & DBT

A 10 week art therapy group

In this group, we will work with art materials to enhance our skill set in dialectical behavior therapy. Topics include mindfulness, wise mind, emotion regulation, grounding with the five senses, communication, boundaries and assertiveness.

Create your own meditation paintings, sensory boxes, body drawings, wise mind clay totems and much more. No experience necessary.

This group runs on Friday mornings in a small group setting at a private art studio. Studio sessions are two hours and include all art materials.


Fridays 10:30-12:30

September 8th - November 17th, 2017


$20 per week with a 10 week commitment


NU Arts Gallery & Studios, 311 North St, Pittsfield

Please use Union St entrance (next to Mary's Carrot Cake)


For more info, contact:

Marney Schorr

tel:  (631) 697-8291

email:  [email protected]

Culture, Identity & Art  (CIA)
   for teens and young adults - ongoing 2017

Want to make an impact?  Enjoy making art?

This expressive arts group for teens and young adults focuses on identity, various forms of creative expression, and how to use the arts to make an impact in society. We use various forms of street art and guerilla art, anonymously, to express our voices in public.

NU Arts Studios & Gallery

Corner of North & Union St.

Entrance next to Mary's Carrot Cake



Marney Schorr

(631) 697-8291

Mom & Me Art Therapy Group


11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Enjoy some quality time with other moms and kids on Sunday mornings in the art studio. This art therapy group focuses on parent-child bonding and childhood development with the use of art materials. This is a small group. Space is limited. 

To register, contact Marney at [email protected] or by phone at (631) 697-8291


A Return to 'Women & the Creative Self'

This six week expressive arts class with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will focus on topics specific to women's creativity and empowerment. We will read selections from Natalie Rogers' Emerging Woman and make person centered art together. Classes will meet in my studio at NU Arts Gallery at 311 North St. Please use the side entrance beside Mary's Carrot Cake on Union St.

Wednesdays 10:30-Noon

April 12- May 17, 2017

Limited to 8 participants. Art materials fee of $10. 

To register contact OLLI Berkshires online at or by phone at 413-236-2190 and email: [email protected]

Recommended Reading: Emerging Woman: A Decade of Midlife Transitions, by Natalie Rogers.

Supplies: Please purchase a top load 12x12 scrapbook for your artwork in this course (available at Walmart, Michaels or JoAnn's).

Transforming Depression with Art - Fall 2016

Now accepting applications. Partial Scholarships are available.

Transforming Depression With Art is a 12 week Art Therapy Program aimed at healing the effects of depression through spontaneous creative expression and group support.  We will be working with a holistic model, bringing out various aspects of the Self in the form of symbolic art and archetypes. We will track weekly progress, use guided visualization, journaling and art-making. Materials include painting, collage, clay, and more. $20.00 per session with a 12 week commitment.

For more info, please contact:  Marney Schorr, Art Therapist at NU Arts Gallery & Studios, 311 North St, Pittsfield MA.  Tel: (631) 697-8291   /   E-mail: [email protected]

Art & Life: Creativity as a Spiritual Resource - Fall 2016

Join me this Fall for an engaging six week course in Art & Spirituality at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. We will use select readings in modern art and psychology as well as art materials to explore the spiritual dimension that exists within each of us. Part lecture, part art-making, we will consider our existential struggles and embrace creativity as a resource for growth, change and solace. Spontaneous painting, drawing and collage. No previous experience necessary. $10 art materials fee.

Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:00 at the Conte Center, Center St, Room 201B

September 12, 21, 28
October 5, 19, 26
Six sessions

OLLI: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College
Partners in education with Williams College, Bard College at Simon's Rock and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts1350 West Street | Pittsfield, MA 01201 | 413.236.2190 | [email protected]

Self Soothing with Art & DBT - Summer 2016

This 11 week art therapy series focuses on self-soothing our emotions and worries with mindfulness and expressive arts. Helpful for depression and for calming intense feelings and worries with creativity and the five senses. 

You will learn valuable creative tools for regulating emotions and distress tolerance such as grounding, creative visualization and getting unstuck.  We will also practice mindful relationship skills in this small group setting at a private art studio.

Come explore clay, sand, collage, watercolors, acrylic paint on canvas, doll-making, mandalas and visual mapping as self-soothing strategies for managing stress. Please be prepared to commit to the entire series as each session is part of an integral process and space is limited to four participants.

 11 Wednesdays from 2-4 pm starting JUNE 22, 2016. 

Sliding scale fee and one partial scholarship available.

* Learn more at a FREE Orientation on June 8, 2016 from 2-3 pm.

Contact:  Marney Schorr, Art Therapist at NU Arts Gallery & Studios, 311 North St, Pittsfield MA  /   Tel: (631) 697-8291   /   E-mail: [email protected]

Art & Soul Summer Workshop 2016

Art & Soul

Come explore your soul with art-making in a private art studio this summer. This five week expressive arts series focuses on nature metaphors for cultivating positive enrichment in our lives in a small group setting. We will work with cocoons, bird's nests, nature's storms and our own personal 'metamorphosis' using a variety of art materials and creative visualization.

5 Tuesdays from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
June 28 - July 26, 2016

$80.00 includes all materials.

Contact: Marney Schorr, Art Therapist at NU Arts Gallery & Studios, 311 North St, Pittsfield MA     /  Tel: (631) 697-8291     /     E-mail: [email protected]

Art Therapy & The 12 Steps for Women in Recovery  - June 2016

This five week expressive arts series focuses on the first three steps of Alcoholics Anonymous adapted for women in all forms of recovery.We will read the steps from A Woman's Way Through the 12 Steps and use our natural creativity to enhance recovery. We will surrender with air dry clay, let go with watercolors and turn it over with God boxes.

5 Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:30 pm

June 29 - July 27, 2016

Space is limited to four women so register early! $75 includes five weeks of recovery-based art-making and all materials.

Contact: Marney Schorr, Art Therapist at NU Arts Gallery & Studios, 311 North St, Pittsfield MA   /   Tel: (631) 697-8291   /   E-mail: [email protected]

Transforming Depression with Art Spring 2016

Now accepting applications for TRANSFORMING DEPRESSION WITH ART, a new art as therapy program in downtown Pittsfield. FREE Scholarships are available.

Your support in sharing this information in our community is greatly appreciated!

Transforming Depression With Art is a 12 week Art As Therapy Program aimed at healing the effects of depression. The basis of this group is threefold - (1) spontaneous creative expression of thoughts and feelings (2) an authentic exploration of spirituality/faith and (3) group support. 

We will be working with a holistic model, bringing out various aspects of the Self in the form of symbolic art. We will track weekly progress, use guided visualization, journaling and art-making such as drawing, painting and clay.

Groups of four meet weekly for three months at a private art studio at NU Arts, 311 North St, Pittsfield. A 12 week commitment is necessary. Please contact Marney Schorr for an application.


Marney Schorr, Art Therapist, Art Therapy for Personal Enrichment at NU Arts Gallery & Studios, 311 North St, Pittsfield MA

Tel: (631) 697-8291

E-mail: [email protected]


Women & The Creative Self - January 2016

Registration is open for my new class, WOMEN & THE CREATIVE SELF at OLLI in Pittsfield at the Conte Federal Building.

January 13 - February 17, 2016

Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00 pm

To register, check out the course catalog at:

In this six week OLLI course, participants will read and discuss essays about creativity that have inspired and empowered women, with themes such as childhood and creativity, feminine power, and rediscovering the creative self. Selections from authors such as Alice Miller and Pat B. Allen will guide us in making art and telling our stories. Engage in art as therapy, including watercolors, charcoal and visual journaling.


Holiday Art Studio - December 2015

Come drop in the Art Therapy studio at NU Arts during the holidays. Open studio format Tuesdays between 4 and 7 pm. December 1, 8, 15 and 22nd.

Bring your hot cocoa and your ideas. Make art as gifts or just for fun. Paper, canvas, paints and more are available. You pick the size and materials.

$15 per session, materials included. Starts at 4 pm. Space is limited, so call first. 631-697-8291. Or send me an e-mail at [email protected]

Warning: will be playing holiday music and spreading cheer. Art-making has been known to improve mood and relax people.


Nature's Retreat: Art as Therapy

October 2015

As we retreat into a quieter time and prepare for the holidays ahead, it can be vital to maintain a sense of self care and support from others. This six week art therapy series honors creative process with the natural cycle of the seasons, in particular the late Autumn and early Winter months. 

We will use both natural and man-made artist materials to cultivate an ease of transition into winter, such as paint, paper, sand, leaves, clay, string and natural found objects.

Week 1:       Autumn Awakening

Week 2:       Harvesting our Inner Gardens

Week 3:      Gratitude and Movement

Week 4:      Going into the Cave

Week 5:      Wish Bones

Week 6:      The Stillness of Snow


SUNDAYS     12:00 - 1:30      Oct 25 to Nov 29

MONDAYS     2:00 - 3:30       Oct 26 to Nov 30

TUESDAYS    3:00 - 4:30       Oct 27 to Dec 1

Advance registration:  $100 for all six weeks - OR - $25 per session of your choice. Repeat customer discount available.  OLLI members receive 10% off.

Alternative dates may be available upon request.  For more info contact Marney Schorr at (631) 697-8291 or at [email protected]

Art therapy sessions are held in groups up to 6 in a local professional art studio at Studio 12, NU Arts Gallery & Studios, 311 North St, Pittsfield MA 01201.



Art Therapy & the 12 Steps for Women in Recovery FALL-WINTER 2015

 Art Therapy & the 12 Steps:

Creative Support For Women In Recovery


NOVEMBER 11th - DECEMBER 16th (5 weeks)*

*Sessions meet on Nov 11, Nov 18, Dec 2, Dec 9 & Dec 16

Art Therapy and the 12 Steps is a women's confidential peer support group utilizing art materials, journaling & discussion to enhance personal recovery from addictions. We will focus on creative process & spiritual principles adapted from the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. 

Each meeting will contain readings from a source of recovery about one of the 12 steps and a topic for art making. Give your recovery a creative boost with painting, oil pastels, magazine collage, clay, sculpture, visual journaling and more!   

This group is facilitated by Art Therapist, Marney Schorr at her private art studio located at 311 North St at the corner of Union St, next to Mary's Carrot Cake. Please use the Union Street entrance.

$60 advance registration (includes studio use & all art materials)


Contact Marney Schorr at  (631) 697-8291 or by e-mail at [email protected].

Collage Cards at OLLI!

This class will introduce students to an intuitive approach to art-making adapted from Seena Frost's Soul Collage. We will explore envisioning self in its many roles through found images. We will also create affirmations for strengthening self esteem and building a renewed sense of spirit in our day to day lives. Students will learn the basics of collage, the history of collage and make collage cards in class with the opportunity for discussion. 

Materials: Please bring favorite magazines for cutting images and a box to keep your collage cards in.

When: Sept 29 - Oct 20, 2015; 4 Tuesdays 10-11:30 am

Where: BCC South County Center in Great Barrington, MA 

To register visit OLLI's website at

Art Therapy with Altered Books!

 FALL 2015

Who are your emotions? What kinds of characters are they? What do they look like and where do they live? Join me this fall in telling the rich yet untold story of our emotional qualities in words and pictures. Experience altered books as a form of art therapy. What are altered books? An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and meaning. In this six week series, we will take old books and transform them into our own personal stories. We will cut, tear, glue, fold, paint, collage, draw and sculpt using recycled books as objects of art.

Explore a variety of materials with an Art Therapist in a local professional art studio. Develop new relationships in a small group setting. And experience the therapeutic benefits of spontaneous art expression!

 MONDAYS               6:30 - 8:00 pm        AUG 31 - OCT 5, 2015

TUESDAYS               3:00 - 4:30 pm        SEPT 1 -OCT 6, 2015

After School Family Series
(Free for children w/ accompanying adult)

THURSDAYS            3:30 - 5:00 pm         SEPT 3 - OCT 8, 2015

Space is limited to 6 per group. 

Groups are held at NU Arts Studio 12 at 311 North St, Pittsfield MA (corner of North & Union next to Mary's Carrot Cake).

To register contact Teaching Artist and Art Therapist Marney Schorr at (631) 697-8291 or by e-mail at [email protected]

Please note Art Therapy for Personal Enrichment offers instruction and support in a non-clinical setting. It is not used for diagnosis, assessment or evaluation of mental, behavioral or other health disorders. Though it may offer a recovery based supplement to personal wellness, it is not psychotherapy with a licensed clinician. 


Art Therapy for Personal Enrichment


Art Therapy for Personal Enrichment is a series of art therapy groups that foster creative process, personal growth and community arts in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Each groups offers opportunities to:

  •    -  explore a variety of art materials with an art therapist in a local professional art studio
  •    -  make art and engage in topic led discussions supplemented by music and relaxation techniques
  •    -   gain personal insight, discovery and support
  •    -   develop creative relationships in a confidential small group setting
  •    -  experience the therapeutic benefits of spontaneous art expression. 

    Enroll now for these Summer 2015 Groups!


TUESDAYS                5:30 - 7pm                   JULY 14 - AUGUST 4, 2015

WEDNESDAYS          2 - 3:30 pm                  JULY 15 - AUGUST 5, 2015

THURSDAYS             11-12:30 pm                JULY 16 - AUGUST 6, 2015

This group adapts the concept of the vision board for creating a richer, more soulful life. Develop supportive relationships, share creative inspirations and take yourself on art dates to cultivate movement around personal goals. We will work with large vision boards, paint, collage and other tactile materials. $50 advance registration. Space limited to groups of 4.

ART THERAPY & THE 12 STEPS:Visual Journaling and Creative Support for Women in Recovery

WEDNESDAYS         6 - 7:30 pm                  JULY 22 - AUGUST 12, 2015

This women's confidential peer support group utilizes art materials, visual journaling & discussion to enhance personal recovery from addictions. Combines creativity with spiritual principles adapted from the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Give your recovery a new kind of boost with art-making, sharing and feedback in a small group setting.$30 advance registration. Space limited to 6 women



This summer bring the family for some private fun art-making at a local professional art studio. Take home a family project inspired by works of artists like Picasso, Kandinsky and Matisse. Positive and enriching for all ages. MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE ACCOMPANYING ADULT.$30 per family up to 4 /  $40 per family of 5 /  $50 per family of 6.


MONDAYS                 5:30 - 7 pm                  JULY 27 - AUGUST 17, 2015

This group will examine creative process in a supportive yet playful atmosphere.  Loosen up with a warm up or group art activity. Enjoy short readings about creative theory and practice and share in conversation about your art. Get inspired. Build community and creative support with other artists.$30 advance registration. Space limited to 6 artists.

Groups are held at NU Arts Studio 12 at 311 North St, Pittsfield MA (corner of North & Union next to Mary's Carrot Cake).

To register contact Teaching Artist and Art Therapist Marney Schorr at (631) 697-8291 or by e-mail at [email protected]

Please note Art Therapy for Personal Enrichment offers instruction and support in a non-clinical setting. It is not used for diagnosis, assessment or evaluation of mental, behavioral or other health disorders. Though it may offer a recovery based supplement to personal wellness, it is not psychotherapy with a licensed clinician.


What's Behind That Image? The Development of Art Therapy

APRIL 17 - MAY 22, 2015

Six weeks on Fridays from 2:00 - 3:30

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)

Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield, MA 


This course will introduce students to the historical development of art therapy from pre-World War II to the present, including the two "schools" of thought of art therapy. We will discuss pioneers in the field and the assessments widely used in art therapy today.

Through Part lecture and part art-making students will be guided in creating art that is spontaneous and expressive while learning how to analyze art with art therapy principles.


To register, please contact the OLLI office at (413) 236-2190.




Art with Marney

Tuesday afternoons (2-3:30 pm) starting April 2015.

Art as therapy weekly workshop for the community through the Brien Center.

To find our more, contact Mark Baumann at [email protected]



Eco-Art & Art Therapy Workshops

Family Mini Murals
(with Henny-Penny)


11 am - 2:00 pm

at Trading Post Farm
202 Buckwheat Road, Germantown, NY 12526
Inspired and guided by Jane Wattenberg's book Henny Penny, we will discuss animals, choices, leadership and our responsibility to the environment.
We will use everyday materials found in our communities to turn our ideas into art-making.
Workshop participants may show and sell their mini murals to benefit the farming community.
Please bring any spare pennies you have collected. Class led by Marney Schorr.

August 23rd, 11-2pm. $40 per family

To register, please go to:
Nature's Camouflage


10 am - 12:30 pm

at Trading Post Farm
202 Buckwheat Road, Germantown, NY 12526

Enjoy a sensory based art experience in a natural farm setting with Teaching Artist & Art Therapist, Marney Schorr. Discover organic art materials as you explore the beautiful nine acres at Trading Post Farm located midway between Rhinebeck and Hudson, NY.

In this class, we will create our own pigments from handpicked flowers and local herbs. We will use these pigments to make a series of small watercolor paintings from our immediate personal experience in nature.

Come allow yourself to retreat from everyday consumerism and become 'camouflaged' with nature. Take off external layers of the hustle and bustle and reconnect to the quiet harmony of the earth.

No experience is necessary and all materials are provided. This workshop is for ages 10 and up. We will work outdoors and indoors, so please be mindful of the sun and wear old clothes as some natural paints may stain.

$35 per person. To register please go to:



 Earth Day Arts Adventure

SATURDAY, APRIL 27th, 2013

10:00 am

Treehouse, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA

Projects for all ages are designed to provide fun hands-on learning about how art benefits us and the planet. Parents with toddlers and school-age children can create miniature wind turbines in the form of ‘garden pinwheels’ to see how wind energy works. For those who like to draw participants can take home a framed picture of their art or take the challenge ‘What does Mother Nature look like?”  This event will give families a chance to come together for some quality time.


Children's Art Workshops

Henny Penny

July 29, 2014

Community mural making workshop at Stephentown Library Children’s Summer Program, Stephentown, NY.


 Art Farms & Paper Waterfalls

July 19, 2013

Drawing/Collage class at Stephentown Memorial Library Children’s Summer Program, Stephentown, NY



Art Workshops for Teens



WHEN: Jan 10, 2010 - Feb 28, 2011, Monday nights from 6-7:30 pm

WHERE: Pittsfield Contemporary Art Gallery, 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (across from the Y).


DESCRIPTION: Pittsfield teens are invited to join a 8 week 'art as therapy' series exclusively for teens. Art Therapist Marney Schorr, Gallery Owner Jay Elling, and Max Moy-Borgen from Pittsfield Youth Commission will co-facilitate this 8-week theme-based group on the topic: "What would Pittsfield look like if 'Teens Took Over'?

Particiaption is free. Group members choose from a variety of 2-D and 3-D media including found objects & recycled materials, collage, markers, charcoal, paints and clay. You will have a chance to photograph your work and display it digitally in a virtual online gallery - as well as guidance on how to develop a product for sale at the Gallery! This is a unique opportunity to learn 'hands-on' real life gallery experience with visiting local artists.

It is our vision that the community of Pittsfield will grow, connect, collaborate and integrate, as youth and adults contribute their talents in a meaningful way.


Art Workshops for Adults



SEPT 29, 2010 - NOV 17, 2010

Imagine you could make art with Picasso, Dali, Matisse or Seurat. Never heard of them but would like to learn? This 8 week class is for you. View images from Surrealism, Fauvism, Pointillism, Cubism and Contemporary Collage. Replicate period styles using colored pencil, collage, oil pastel and more. Easy to learn techniques can be combined with your own style. No experience is necessary!

Wednesday Evenings, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Session I: Sept 29, 2010 to Nov 17, 2010
Session II: to be announced

Pittsfield Public Schools
at Taconic High School
95 Valentine Rd ∙ Pittsfield, MA 01201

Dates: 9/13/10, 9/14/10 and 9/15/10
Materials fee: $15

For more info, contact:
The Adult Learning Center
10 Lyman St, Pittsfield, MA 01210
(413) 499-9530




AGE: 18-24

WHEN: Starting January 2011

WHERE: Berkshire County, MA



Discover the possibilities of a career in art while working with an established fine artist and writer. You will assist the artist with new and pending projects such as art production and gallery show preparation, professional research for book publication, and all kinds of meaningful and creative work in the community.

This apprenticeship has small weekly flexible hours. The possibilities for learning are endless. No formal education is necessary, but the apprentice(s) chosen must show a passion for the arts and a strong drive to help people.

Contact Marney Schorr by e-mail to request an application at [email protected]



Guest Lectures


"Conversations with Artists"

March 20, 2014 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

SUNY at Empire State College, Storehouse Blvd, Old Westbury, NY

Marney Schorr (B.A.,2006) will discuss the connections between art and healing based on her experiences as both a fine artist and art therapist in the local community.

To RSVP:  call Clara LaPort at 516-876-4414 or visit

This is a Free event. Refreshments will be served.

  Professional Training Courses (CEC)

 Collaborating with Clients: New Treatment Models for Art Therapists


1:15 pm - 4:15 pm 

 10th Annual Conference of the New Jersey Art Therapy Association "The Art and Science of Art Therapy" - Caldwell College Alumni Theatre, Caldwell, New Jersey

Register at

Is there a "Community Mascot" at your job?
Join us for a 3 hour workshop and explore the creative collaborative process with other art therapists and counselors. Enjoy art-making, design, symbols and building from recycled materials.

We are in a landmark time of change for health care. Learn how the new treatment models being used in mental health settings affect your art therapy or counseling practice. We will explore these issues in groups through a community-based experiential and group therapy session. Information about how to fight stigma in the workplace will also be available.

For further information, please see NJATA's conference brochure at:



From Patient to Protege:

Changing Treatment Models for Art Therapists



9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Advanced Practice Course - Earn CEC Credits

 42nd Annural Conference of the American Art Therapy Association "Creative Energy, Collective Efforts"  -  July 6-11, 2011, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C.

Register at

Join us for an all day advanced practice course featuring role play and community-based art-making.

Social action is part of this year's theme at the 42nd Annual AATA Conference in Washington D.C.  Here in our nation's capital you will be guided through the history of art therapy and mental health care in America - including the most recent changes under President Bush and President Obama.  Explore how we can combat stigma when we break from the old patient-doctor model and begin to collaborate with clients.

Registration for this course also runs in conjunction with two other conference events: (1) The July 7th Advocacy training session and afternoon of advocacy on Capitol Hill; and (2) the July 8th Keynote Address "Transforming Mental Health Care in America," the 2005 Federal Action Agenda which established the most recent changes in mental health care policy. 


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