«Art therapy is the utilization of visual arts and the creative process within a therapeutic relationship to support, maintain, and enhance the psychosocial, physical, cognitive, and spiritual well-being of individuals of all ages.»
– Cathy Malchiodi
Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy, Art therapists use the process of self-expression, and the resulting artwork to help clients understand their emotional conflicts, develop social skills, improve self-esteem, manage addictions, reduce anxiety, and restore normal function to their lives.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM ART THERAPY?
EVERYBODY! and can be effective in a variety of formats.
Individuals who are struggling with frightening memories or upsetting emotions as a result of trauma, combat or abuse
Persons with serious medical health conditions or disabilities such as traumatic brain injury, cancer, depression, autism, anti-social personality or dementia
Couples attempting to reconcile emotional conflicts
Individuals seeking personal growth and increased self-esteem
People experiencing stress, anxiety, and other problematic behaviors.
The underlying goal of art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her personal feelings of well-being. This begins with an art therapist encouraging the client to engage in the creative process, to explore their feelings, and to enjoy the pleasures of making art.
Art therapy does not require the client to be talented or an artist. An art therapist’s job is not to teach art or critique a client’s work, instead, art therapists work with clients to dive into the underlying messages communicated through their art, and to promote personal development, self-awareness, and build coping skills.
As Dr. Scot Barry Kaufman says (Researcher, Psychologist and co-author of Wired to Create): Creativity is more than a matter of natural talent. It is also a state of mind, “a certain attitude that you can bring to any task, a general spirit of spontaneity and questioning the world and the way things work.”
Don’t force inspiration.
Understand the bias
Break Beyond IQ
Be open to new experiences
Embrace opposing forces
Let mind wonder
“My artwork is guided by the idea that we are all a warehouse of feelings: happiness, sadness, anger, fantasies, relationships, etc.
These years my mission has been to listen to my own feelings and explore ways to express these through my artwork.
I’m inspired by everyday events and all of the relationships in my life.
As a contemporary artist, I enjoy my technique’s which are very liberated”.
So, lets have fun! In this workshop!
– ADRIANA PERALDI