The usual art activities that teachers give to students are not just about knowing the basics of art. It is also therapy. For some, who needs therapy with a busy social calendar? But that’s not how it works.
Benefits Of Art Therapy
Subconscious thoughts and feelings are brought to the fore when creating art, and they help people recognize them. It also gives a feeling of self-accomplishment. It helps improve confidence and self-appreciation. It becomes an outlet to express themselves and vent any fears and feelings kept-in. It can also help fight any emotional trauma as it relaxes the mind and body.
CRC Coalition’s Art Workshop
During the lockdown, many art and child experts took to the digital world to organize online workshops and tutorials. Some of our ResCare kids attended and participated in the CRC Coalition’s Art Workshop via Zoom. Just a few minutes into the creative activities, the kids relaxed. Art workshops like this reduce stress, regardless of artistic experience or talent. A study showed that art-making sessions were enjoyable, relaxing, and helped people learn new aspects about themselves. It was also an evolving process of initial struggle to later resolution, and about losing themselves in the creation of art. That is therapy.
Art therapy is all about applying the visual arts, something as simple as art journaling, sketching, making collages, or sculpting with clay. All in a therapeutic context. Art is not just a stress-reliever, but using it can also help children suffering from lockdown anxiety. And in the case of the ResCare kids, because of family separation, they also go through feelings of isolation.
The purpose of the art workshop was not to produce masterpieces to rival the masters. They want to see the kids create something, but also to recreate themselves as individuals with confidence and self-reliance. That’s what the ResCare kids are all about.