Healing through the process of creating art
Art therapy uses the creative process of artistic self-expression via techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being. This form of expressive therapy helps clients express themselves and examine the psychological and emotional undertones in their art.
"Art is our one true global language. It knows no nation, it favors no race, and it acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to reveal, heal, and transform. It transcends our ordinary lives and lets us imagine what is possible."
Why art therapy?
Using art as a part of therapeutic work can allow us access to our inner feelings and experiences that can be at times, difficult to understand. Creative expression is a way of getting past our verbal limitations and tapping into the deeper well of our emotions. No artistic talent is necessary for art therapy to be successful as the therapeutic process is not about the artistic value of the work, but rather about finding associations between the creative choices made and a person’s inner life.
Who can use this form of therapy?
Art therapy is a form of therapy that allows anyone to use the visual arts as a means of communication and self-expression. Unlike other forms of communication that rely heavily on words or language, art therapy enables people to communicate through various art forms. .
The beauty of art therapy lies in its ability to allow individuals to express their emotions and feelings through various forms of art, such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and other visual art modalities. While there are other types of expressive therapies that utilize performing arts, visual art therapy mainly focuses on traditional art forms. Overall, art therapy is a versatile and effective way to help individuals express themselves and work through emotional and mental health issues.
Art techniques available at Wildwood Studio
- Acrylic Painting(Brush, Sponge, Finger, etc.)
- Polymer Clay(small format only)
- Recycled Goods
- Natures Treasures
FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR OWN MATERIALS
What art therapy can help with
- Loss of loved ones
- Eating disorders
- Emotional difficulties
- Family or relationship problems
- Medical conditions
- Psychological symptoms associated with other medical issues
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Psychosocial issues
- Loss of animals
Art therapy costs
Clients often make a donation toward the replenishment of the supplies that they use and toward the facilities. Generally these donations range from $20-40 dollars per session per person, it really depends upon what materials the client chooses to use. Costs may also be incurred based upon materials, group size, refreshments, etc. Gift cards to replenish art supplies are always welcomed. Speak with Jennifer to learn more.