an integration of the process of making art to reach a clearer understanding.
making the art without preconceived ideas, allowing a more honest expression of our feelings.
facing our innermost feelings, and be guided by the therapist to examine the personal meanings.
developing new understanding, and acceptance around something that can not be changed.
the relief of conflict, anxiety or stress as it comes into perspective and under our control.
using art making as expression, reflection and communication.
Useful as a vehicle for working through feelings and reaching acceptance.
an opportunity to: slow down and concentrate, for the unification of the mind, body and the spirit.
an opportunity to look inside us for the hidden wisdom within.
using art materials to give a voice to inner feelings, which can then be worked through.
the client, the art and the therapist, having a new shared vision.
Art therapy is not:
a method of interpreting the feelings or intentions of the artist.
aesthetically pleasing end products.
only for those with an art background.
The Effectiveness of Art Therapy
Feedback forms completed by parents of children who have participated in art therapy at ARTiculEYES, and in some cases by the older children themselves who participated, stated observing:
an improvement in self-esteem, in ability to communicate and talk about the loss, and in coping skills.
a decrease (in most cases) in behavioural problems and difficulties in school.
Adults and children may experience an opportunity to open up, to experience an increase in confidence and abilities, and to connect the mind and emotions. It is a flexible way to work on problems - a way of accessing new levels of understanding and ways of looking at the world.