What is Art as Healing?

ART as healing is the use of art and curriculum as a method of healing because art is inherently healing.


What is the difference between art therapy and art as healing?

The act of creating art enhances self-esteem, gives a sense of control, and relieves stress and tension by taking the mind off of problems. Mostly importantly, it is an outlet for emotions. Art healing is, in essence, self-help art therapy. Anyone can do art healing, and most people do art healing in their own homes, using whatever methods they prefer and creating any type of artwork. Unlike Art Therapy (in which a masters level professional is required), where the goal is to create art, and then process or talk about it with an art therapist, art healing is a personal journey and needs no therapist and no analysis. In creating artwork, the healing process has already begun.

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Art Therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media and the creative process to explore emotions, reconcile challenges, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s daily functioning and connection to self and the individual's sense of personal well-being. Our team of therapists ranges from fully licensed and board-certified practitioners to Masters level interns providing 1:1 service and therapeutic groups.

Art as Healing uses the arts, creative practices, and therapeutic themes within programming to promote healing, wellness, coping, and personal change while having fun in a group setting. The healing arts traditionally include music, art, movement, poetry/writing, and drama modalities. Our team provides studios, workshops, and programming that have healing benefits woven in and help individuals connect with themselves and build community connection.


At Violet Hive we believe that everyone is an artist and all levels of experience are welcome. we put on open studios and art as healing programming to allow individuals in our community to reconnect with their creativity and access their highest self.