“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” -Joseph Chilton Pearce
Under this process, one tends to explore and observe emotions through the creation of art. It is a therapeutic technique, which works on the concept that creative expression can help cherish healing and mental wellbeing. Art therapy is a liberating process as there are no rules involved. There is no such thing as ‘good art’ or ‘bad art’.
Art also helps to focus on a certain idea and thus, explore and learn through the work piece. It helps individuals to detach from the process of challenging emotional experiences.
You may be surprised to know that it helps people improve their self-esteem, greatly reduce stress and anxiety, analyze and solve emotional conflicts, cure learning disabilities among children, free the person from post trauma stress.
Some Art therapy techniques include:
- Making collages
- Making cards
Different ways to practice Art Therapy:
Explore and play with different type of pencils, markers and crayons.
You don’t need to follow the rules.
Observe yourself after every picture you color. Ask questions to yourself such as, “What are the colors trying to say?” “Is there any reason why I chose this particular color?” “What was my mood when I selected this picture and color scheme? How is it now?”
Use different pastels, pens, pencils to scribble on a blank paper.
Don’t make judgments. You don’t need to analyze what you draw.
Experiment with both the hands.
Use different materials to draw random pictures.
Examine your art work.
Write a response to your art.