Art Therapy

Good evening everyone!

Our family tree assignment in illustrator this past week has had me thinking quite a bit and questioning,

Why do we make art? 

I feel confident enough to make the assumption that all of us, as artists have purpose and emotion behind the work we create.

Since I was little I always felt impelled to help other people and when I was in high school I discussed possibly going into art therapy for a career.

I found this short article and video online that talks about an art therapy program that helps people with severe mental illnesses. A quote from the article stated

“Art therapy is the deliberate use of art-making to address psychological and emotional needs. Art therapy uses art media and the creative process to help in areas such as, but not limited to: fostering self-expression, enhancing coping skills, managing stress, and strengthening a sense of self.”

Don’t we all as artists use art to self-express, manage stress, and to better understand ourselves? Can this possibly mean all artists are a little crazy? <yes (in a good way)

Watching this video shows the importance of art and how it helps heal. One woman said she isn’t much of a talker, so she is able to express her emotions through her artwork.

Another interesting video I found is related to art therapy and how it can be used to monitor bipolar patients and determine when they’re going through a period of mania, or a time of depression.

See, artists are just as high up there in the world as any doctor can be. <think about it

-Carolyn

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One thought on “Art Therapy

  1. I think helping people with mental illness is one of the things we lack most in this country. A lot of the mental institutions are being closed because of the need to money in the states and they aren’t viewed as a priority. Art therapy is always a great way to help people express their frustrations and problems because it is a non-violent medium in which you can make someone understand your feelings. I was also thinking of going into art therapy and I first hand know the experiences of one of my friend’s father who was neglected treatment or therapy for his schizophrenia. People with autism and down syndrome rely on art for a release from their daily struggles to deal with their illnesses/deformities. Art is a definite coping mechanism that people should be more aware of because art is not just ‘having fun’ and ‘not a lot of work’ like most people stereotype it as. There is a deeper meaning behind why artists chose to do this and a way for us to feel more connected to the world.

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