I am honored to have my interactive PuzzleArt featured in this month’s issue of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT). The article explains how my personal experience – suffering a stroke – was inspirational in creating the PuzzleArt Therapy System that is used by therapists in 16 countries to help their varied populations develop and improve 20 perceptual, sensory and oculomotor skills.
“Alli Berman, a New York based artist, was invited to show her unique interactive PuzzleArt on the cover for the Fall 2016 issue of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT). “Sunlight Underwater” is a 12 piece PuzzleArt painting made from acrylic on American maple that measures 22×30. The PuzzleArt concept began as a simple exercise that evolved into a therapeutic modality. When a sudden stroke impacted Berman’s well-being and quality of life, it was art that helped her to make connections during recovery.”
In the magazine we offered a special FREE perceptual, oculomotor and sensory PuzzleArt Skill Builder Activity. It features the PuzzleArt painting from OJOT arts section cover!
“Alli Berman is the creator of PuzzleArt, a series of small abstract paintings that combine to form a modular puzzle. Berman has been an artist, educator, author, and lecturer for more than 25 years. Her art can be found in private, corporate, and nonprofit collections around the world. A typical PuzzleArt painting contains 12, five-inch square paintings; however, larger installations may consist of thousands of small paintings. Berman provided the cover art for the Fall 2016 issue of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT) (Figure 1).
The painting, titled “Sunlight Underwater,” is a 12 piece puzzle measuring 22”x30” made from acrylic on American maple (Figure 2). Unlike a traditional puzzle, Berman’s PuzzleArt paintings may be used to target a variety of visual-perceptual and motor skills. PuzzleArt stimulates the senses. Abstract swirls of vibrant color engage the eyes and mind. Thick layers of paint provide rich tactile feedback. The flow “Sunlight underwater” by Alli Berman paint swirls can be traced with the eyes, fingers, and arms. Children and adults alike enjoy searching for the hundreds of hidden pictures concealed in each painting. Special PuzzleArt 3D glasses encourage the eyes to work together as a coordinated team.”
Download the special FREE perceptual, oculomotor and sensory PuzzleArt Skill Builder Activity. It features the PuzzleArt painting from OJOT arts section cover!