My final post of the week is different in that I am exploring art in a therapeutic way as well as aesthetically. Today it is not about talent, but about how art can help people effect change and grow on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment. I know from a personal perspective, I enjoy art and although not a talented artist myself feel the therapeutic benefits of enjoying it.
A little more about Art Therapy from The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication.
Clients who are referred to an art therapist need not have previous experience or skill in art, the art therapist is not primarily concerned with making an aesthetic or diagnostic assessment of the client’s image. The overall aim of its practitioners is to enable a client to effect change and growth on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment. (BAOT)
..and of course I have to add a ”women” element, so an example of where Art therapy is used and very local to myself is North Derbyshire Women’s aid which is a charity that exists for the benefit of women and children who experience abuse within a domestic relationship.
Here is the link to the Art Therapy info page http://www.ndwa.org.uk/art-therapy/
”Everyone has the right to live their life free from fear, violence and abuse. Sometimes it is difficult to know what is happening and you can feel confused and unsure about whether you are in an abusive relationship and the options available to you. You may feel frightened, humiliated and isolated…” (NDWA)
Over in Australia, Art therapy aids trauma recovery…
Please click the picture to see more of this story and more information about this kind of therapy can be found on this blog here http://www.arttherapyblog.com
I hope you have enjoyed my ”Women in art” week!