Drawing & Painting
Collage & Assemblage
Developing a sense of self is a lifelong journey that begins at a young age. As a child and adolescent, art can be a used as a tool to experiment with new ideas, build up self-esteem, and gain the admiration of friends, family, and pears. As we get older, it is essential that we continue to have creative opportunities and outlets to express feelings, reduce stress, and resolve fears.
Self-Expression Through Art
The art object serves several different purposes and often represents a metaphor for something transpiring in the client's life. It is a means to ventilate feelings, a catharsis which becomes concrete in the artistic product. Escaping its inner confinement onto the two or three dimensional plane, it becomes miniaturized and manageable.
Art becomes a vessel for self-awareness and a tool to communicate, enabling the Art Therapist to discover attributes of the client through their own art creation. Self-Expression through art helps to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, increase self-awareness and achieve insight.
The following are examples of Art Directives that can be used by the Art Therapist to accomplish a client's goals: