Art has been used throughout the history of mankind to express experiences and communicate with others and with oneself about the most important aspects of life. The process of artistic creation and expression has many positive mental, emotional and physical benefits and yet many of us have been turned off from expressing ourselves this way. Here's my top 5 reasons for engaging with art in my life:
1) It’s fun! Engaging in making art (whether we’re “good” at it or not) can help us to relax and relieves pain and anxiety. Art can be a positive social experience whether working alongside one another or on a joint project.
2) Sometimes we don’t have words or freedom to describe how we feel, what we want, what’s bothering us, and art can help us express the muddle inside in a different way that helps us gain deeper insight
3) Often relationships between experiences and ideas can become clearer, we notice new things and get a different perspective. Coming back to something days, weeks or even years later we gain more insight again.
4) When engaging in art we use our often much neglected, creative, emotional side of our brains and encourage new neural connections creating more balance
5) Regular engagement in art helps develop a robust positive alternative self image especially when we've felt stuck in the role of a patient, victim, damaged or even strongly defined encompassing roles such as mother or breadwinner etc
To achieve the most emotional and psychological benefit from your art time focus on expressing your inner experience, your feelings, perceptions, and imagination rather than the images you see in the outside world. Your inner world of images, feelings, thoughts, and ideas are always of primary importance to the experience.
It can be fun to learn new skills or art techniques even if many of us have had some negative experiences with art in the past. If you find you are discouraged from being artistic due to past experiences, judgments, fears etc, we can easily use tapping to move beyond these.
“Every artist was first an amateur”
Free Your Creative Expression Workshop
During this one day workshop we’ll experiment with a range of activities with a view to noticing and releasing our inhibitions so we can fully and joyfully engage in making art. Now the weather has turned colder (and wetter!) It’s lovely to enjoy some time in a cozy environment indulging our senses and having fun. More
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.”