So, What is Art Therapy Exactly?
At Violet Hive Art Collective we want you to understand a little more about what we do. We first believe that art in itself is inherently healing. You do not have to be an "artist" to join art programming or an open art studio! Although we believe everyone is an artist in their own way. We feel this way because we use a holistic model of seeing people in our lives and in work.
Art therapy is a healing modality which applies a model that recognizes the whole person and its many aspects—physical, mental, spiritual and emotional—while allowing the client to drive the process. This process is relational and uses talk and art mindfully. Images in the form of art may allow the client access to their subconscious in ways words cannot. Art therapy is based on knowledge of human developmental and psychological theories as well as art theory. This powerful modality works toward reconciling emotional conflicts, cultivating self-awareness, developing social skills, managing behavior, solving problems, reducing anxiety, aiding reality orientation, increasing self-esteem, and integrating difficult emotional content and trauma. For more information checkout: Art Therapy Association of Colorado (ATACO) and American Art Therapy Association. (AATA)
I absolutely love this video for explaining and showing how the process of art therapy can work. Watch The Science of Happiness -Art Therapy from SOUL PANCAKE so you get it too!
Do good and be well,