Art therapy is a separate psychology field of its own. People’s desire to self-express starts at the earliest stages of life where exploration, discovery, and learning manifest into an expressive form of creation called art.
Art as a Form of Communication
Art has been around since the dawn of humanity. It is named as people’s first attempt to self-express and communicate. Long before licensed psychology practitioners started introducing talking as a form of therapy, prehistoric people used charcoal and natural dyes to illustrate their thoughts, fears, and hopes. Nowadays, communication is mainly verbal and written and uses a combination of sounds ( words ) to express an idea. Art, however, allows a person to convey ideas in a completely different way. It is a universally recognized method of communication that uses a visual expression to illustrate any given concept.
Why Does Art Therapy Work?
When things get hard talking doesn’t always come easy. Words are only limited to our own perceptions and can’t create an exact illustration of our thoughts and emotions. This is why some people either isolate themselves intentionally or seek communication but find it difficult to find the exact words experiencing a form of language barrier during stressful situations. With art things are quite different – it allows the mind to wander while the expression of thoughts occurs naturally in a form of visual communication. This is why most reclusive people and people with difficulties to communicate verbally see art as a safe harbour and use it to convey ideas in their own special way.
Art Therapy and The Modern Society
While art has been around for centuries it has only now been recognized by modern society as a working form of psychotherapy. Today, worldwide organizations like Awareness and Prevention Through Art ( aptART ) allow Syrian refugees to self-express, self-reflect, and raise awareness about the issues of the East through the creation of beautiful murals. On a smaller scale, there are thousands of psychology practitioners and organizations that recognize and apply art together with other already established therapy methods. The great thing about art therapy is that in its basic purest form it’s an extremely approachable method. It requires no special skills or education to just grab a pen and draw or doodle. Therefore, it can be easily adapted as a form of stress-relief in both corporal and domestic environments.
Adapting Art Therapy To Different Environments
ESCREO’s dry-erase paint allows people to write, draw, and erase in a whiff. But most importantly, it allows people to express themselves literally everywhere. Self-expression through art is no longer limited to canvases or stand-alone whiteboards. The transparent dry-erase paint allows people to illustrate their ideas on walls, doors, desks, tables, cabinet doors or even ceilings and floors.
Art Therapy at The Office
People connect working mostly with high-stress levels. To reduce them, employers rely on mainstream entertainment, like table tennis, sports areas, console gaming, and relaxing lounges, and free massage sessions, which people can use whenever they feel they need to blow some steam off. One thing companies usually miss is art therapy. There have been numerous researches on the effects that art, and especially the process of its creation, have on people’s mental state. Creating designated spaces for art creation can be a tremendous help for employees who struggle with high-stress levels on a day-to-day basis. These spaces can provide various ways of art performance from creating pottery to playing a musical instrument or simply drawing. The latter is by far the easiest and most approachable method of art creation that most people resonate with. With the help of ESCREO’s transparent whiteboard paint, ordinary surfaces at the office can quickly be turned into drawing spaces. The paint can be applied to a variety of surfaces, like walls, wooden desks, columns, even doors, and ceilings. The creation of designated art creation areas will help alleviate stress and boost creativity. These areas can also be used to display daily work schedules, team targets, presentations, and more.
Art Therapy at Home
Create safe spaces around your home where your family can freely express ideas, dive into creative work and relax. Imagine art therapy in your home as child’s play where restrictions and guidelines cause kids to withdraw, raises anxiety, and terminates positive behaviour, like learning and exploration. Designate a special area in the house where your family can create art together or separately without worrying about leaving stains, creating clutter or following certain rules. Some adults actively use art creation as therapy without knowing it. Tinkering in the garage, or even planting flowers in the garden are both creative processes that reduce stress. Yet, if you wish to involve the whole family you should go for family-friendly art-related activities, like drawing. Painting the floors and walls with an ESCREO whiteboard paint will turn them into creative spaces and even keep your surfaces safe from permanent staining.