Description of The Healing Powers of Art Making

I am always looking for good descriptions of what art therapy is and what makes art making so healing. Here is a great synopsis (written by colleague, art therapist Fredricka Brooks: website: http://www.fredrickabrooks.com/) which includes so many of the important aspects of the creative process of art making that makes it so powerfully healing:

“It has been my experience that people use and benefit from art-making in many different ways, including: making art as a way to be seen, finding pleasure and joy in the process, as a vehicle for self expression, as a way to communicate, as a way to care for oneself, a way of developing and learning new coping skills, relaxing, learning to work to completion, learning to self-start, and meditate. Art-making can increase self-esteem through pride about one’s work, creating meaning through making images, metaphors, and stories, witnessing oneself develop a visual language that is unique, and taking pride in oneself and one’s identity as an artist.”

Thank you, Fredricka!!!

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5 thoughts on “Description of The Healing Powers of Art Making

  1. Thank you for the unforgettable post. Words make the emotions tangible, wake up the flat surfaces of the pictures – pierce us with their meaning and so reveal The Healing Powers of Art Making: the ambiguous senses brings fruits as we name them- when we respond loudly and publicly our feelings obtain a body. What regards the healing powers, I wish to share my motto: the The spiritual healing by the fine arts starts with the recognition of oneself in other.
    Personally I fear the cold statements and frequently use the associative writing – something like painting- http://arthiker.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/a-riddle/

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