The Therapeutic Effects of Art
Art has the power to heal. Whether you’re dealing with relationship difficulties, financial distress, or suffering from a mere lack of passion (it can be fatal!) art can help you focus on current challenges, inspire you to reach within, and to reevaluate your personal goals, all while fostering acceptance of life situations. Art can teach you to find beauty in mistakes.
What is Art Therapy?
British artist Adrian Hill coined the term art therapy in 1942 while he was recovering from tuberculosis. During bed rest he quickly discovered that drawing and painting allowed him to release his creativity, despite remaining inhibited. He believed this healthy release could also help others quiet their mind while experiencing misfortune. In 1945 he released his book Art Versus Illness, and the idea of art therapy was quickly embraced in different parts of the world.
Today, art therapy is practiced in many countries including Brazil, Canada, Finland, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Romania, South Korea, and Sweden. The wide acceptance of the practice has helped contribute to many varied techniques and standards.
Who Can Benefit?
Imagine a time when you felt helpless, overwhelmed, and unable to function without worry or cycling thoughts that robbed you of motivation and inspiration. Whether it’s stress or turmoil from relationships, divorce, trauma, abuse, autism, brain injury, depression or dementia, art can be a helpful tool in finding inner peace. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art helps individuals explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being.
Art therapy is practiced in a wide variety of settings, from rehabilitation centers to medical and community settings. If you can pick up a paintbrush, art therapy can help you. Children, adults, and the elderly can all benefit from creative expression.
Where to Begin
If you’re ready to take a more holistic approach to self-love and care, Estancia Art is a welcome respite. Whether you opt for a studio workshop course or visit during open-studio hours, we’re ready to help you find some peace of mind, on your own time. Estancia Art offers paint and sip parties and open studio hours for adults, as well as art workshops and adult-accompanied open studio hours for children ages 5-15. Give your child or yourself the gift of inner peace and contact Estancia Art today to discover the many benefits of art therapy in motion. Awaken your creativity and let go of your troubles. Paint yourself a beautiful outlook on life, today.