VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH AN ART THERAPIST
WHAT IS ART THERAPY?
Art therapy activities involve a creative process of art-making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. For this reason, it is an excellent stress management tool.
It is based on the belief that the creative process, involved in artistic self-expression helps people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. The list of possible art therapy activities is endless.
Source: American Art Therapy Association (A.A.T.A.)
See also: Canadian Art Therapy Association (C.A.T.A.)
HOW DOES ART THERAPY HELP?
- Art therapy simplifies the therapy and healing processes.
- Art therapy allows spontaneous art expression.
- Art therapy is non-judgmental and non-critical.
- Art therapy activities allow free articulation of repressed emotions.
- Art therapy allows expression without the threat of repercussions.
- Art therapy activities allow for undisclosed feelings to be externalized.
- Art therapy can be useful as a primary or secondary healing tool.
- Art therapy encourages the use of the creative side of the brain.
Source: Adapted from Wikipedia.
ART THERAPY AT THE MAYO CLINIC
10 ART THERAPY ACTIVITIES YOU CAN TRY AT HOME
- Deal with anger and sadness by drawing, painting, sculpting or crafting what you’re feeling.
- Let your creativity flow in response to music to let out feelings and just relax.
- Think about what makes a perfect day and then draw, paint, sculpt or craft it. Make one of the things happen.
- Draw or paint your self-portrait reflecting where you see yourself in the future.
- Work on overcoming some of the unpleasant aspects of your life by drawing, painting, sculpting or crafting a place where you feel safe.
- Create a motivational collage and view it daily to help keep you moving forward. Use magazine cut-outs or print and cut out images from Google Images or Pinterest, etc.
- Creating drawings of your good traits to help you to become more positive. Look at the pictures often.
- Document your gratitude visually. Paint or collage a work that represents these things.
- Create a blot art. Fold the paper in half with paint or ink in the middle and describe what you see when you unfold it.
- Collect and use natural materials to get in touch with the more primal side of your personality. Using the materials, draw, paint, sculpt or craft your feelings or imaginings.
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