Having a mindfulness practice can really help us be more present and peaceful. But do we have to meditate on a cushion or are there other ways?!! Making art can be a great substitute if you want to get into mindfulness but don't enjoy meditation. Art naturally brings you into the present moment and lets you express your inner world out and onto paper or canvas. Watch the video below to learn more about the connection between mindfulness and art. #artasmeditation #artastherap
I’m sitting in a roomful of people who are silent, totally absorbed in what they are doing, soft music playing in the background and a sense of community and belonging. This is one of my favorite things as an introvert, enjoying the company of others while totally engaged in what I am doing. Now, we’re not silent all the time. We talk, we laugh and engage. The difference is, that’s not the focus of our gathering. We gather to paint, our focus is on creative expression and
MBodied Art Studio is a special place where art takes on new meaning. Owned and operated by an art therapist, the vision of MBodied is to provide a safe space for personal reflection, community and healing. Art becomes a path for self-discovery, for pushing through boundaries and bonding with others. Within this vision, MBodied is proud to offer Art after Divorce, a free meetup group for parents and children of divorce. The studio will be a gathering place for parents and chi
Photographs, drawings, paintings, any of these can instantly warm up a space and transform it into a home. It’s time to liven up those empty walls and add color and life to your space. Here are some tips to help you fill your walls in a welcoming, homey way. Buy art that you love Follow your heart. It may sound cheesy, but it’s actually a great advice. The key to successfully investing in art lies in knowing what you want. Remember, the art is for you. So be sure to get somet
Art therapy can be beneficial for children, even at such a young age. As with most therapies, art therapy is also used to help improve a child’s emotional state or well-being. It is an effective way of working with kids who may be going through a difficult time. While kids may also benefit from traditional therapy, they often find it scary especially if it is done in a clinical setting. Art therapy provides kids an easier way to express themselves and be creative. Plus, it g
Every child is a prodigious Picasso. As a parent, you are likely to feel that every drawing, painting and macaroni collage is a masterpiece. You are so proud of your little artist that you want to showcase every artwork on the fridge. You are hesitant to toss any but your fridge is starting to get too cluttered. Here’s a system to help you save, sort and share your child’s masterpieces with family and friends. Create a photo book of your kid’s artwork If you have already coll
A lot of people believe that creativity is an inborn talent. But the truth is, creativity is more of a skill that can be harnessed. And you, as a parent, can help them develop this skill. By fostering your child’s creativity, you are helping him/her mature emotionally, mentally and socially. These ideas will provide them with an opportunity to explore their artistic side and even develop their analytic skills. Ditch the usual art materials While it is important to provide you
“I am so stressed out!” Most of you have probably uttered this phrase a number of times. While exercising, trying to focus on the positive and deep breathing exercises are all helpful in reducing stress, you might want to try something a bit different this year like art therapy. If you are about to stop reading this blog post thinking you don’t have a creative bone in your body, then we would like you to know that you don’t have to be an artist in order to embrace the benefit
...continued from The Origin of Tiger Woman After many months of contemplation, I was ready to change “mediocre woman” into “tiger woman”. Working with the shape of a human’s face and a tiger’s stripes, I added dark markings to her face and toned her skin orange. The marks felt definite and permanent; she would never be the same again. Once the marks were down it became easier to go along with the new identity. I gave her tiger-like eyes and kept her human nose and lips.
In the summer of 2012 I had just graduated with my Master’s in Art Therapy and could not find a job. 3 years of hard work, introspection and experientials to find that no one thought I was qualified to do the work. So I went to the art store, bought a large, beautiful blank canvas and went home to paint. I did not begin with a sketch or an idea, just yellow paint and movements that felt right. After awhile a face started to form and I went along with defining the features.
As parents, we are often curious and fascinated by our kids’ art. Art provides children an opportunity to tell a story, express internal thoughts or describe an event. So, every time your child comes to you with a picture he/she has just drawn, make it a point to ask some questions or talk to them for a few minutes before putting their work on the fridge. Here are some tips for talking to kids about their art. Ask the child to tell a story Let’s face it. There are times when
If your little ones are staying up until midnight, they’ll need some craft projects to keep them busy and entertained until New Year arrives. Quick, easy and fun for the kids, this project will help make the hours go by peacefully as the kids anxiously wait to wish in the New Year. Handprint New Year’s Resolutions Have your kids make their own resolutions (I will fix my bed every day, I will not fight with my sister, I will keep my toys after playing). Encourage them to remem
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While psychotherapy and therapy comes with several benefits, art therapy has proven to be effective in a variety of ways that differ from traditional therapy. A lot of people are still unfamiliar with art therapy and have no idea as to how it might be able to help. If you haven’t heard of art as a form of therapy, the benefits may surprise you. In this article, we’ll be highlighting the benefits of art therapy. Read on and see if it can aid you in some way or another. Self ex
Art develops important life skills that create successful people. Creating art is an opportunity to “make special”. If you’ve ever received a hand made gift, had someone make you a piece of furniture or painted you a picture you know what this is about. It’s what makes us different from animals, we celebrate and make special and decide that things have significance. Art is an opportunity to express yourself. We all have a voice and we all have the right to express ourselve