After chatted with Nicolas, I started to think about the impact of aesthetic and art for healing or comforting people.

What is art therapy?

A definition for Wikipedia:

Art therapy (also known as arts therapy) is a creative method of expression used as a therapeutic technique. Art therapy originated in the fields of art and psychotherapy and may vary in definition.

Art therapy is used to treat wide range of physical, mental or emotional problems, diseases and disorders, help them communicate, overcome stress, and explore different aspects of their own personalities. Some situations in which art therapy might be utilized include:

  • Children with learning disabilities
  • Adults experiencing severe stress
  • Children suffering from behavioral or social problems at school or at home
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • Individuals suffering from a brain injury
  • Children or adults who have experienced a traumatic event

How does art therapy work?

An art therapist may use a variety of art methods including drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage with clients ranging from young children to the elderly. Clients who have experienced emotional trauma, physical violence, domestic abuse, anxiety, depression, and other psychological issues can benefit from expressing themselves creatively. Hospitals, private mental health offices, schools, and community organizations are all possible settings where art therapy services may be available.

You might also wonder how an art therapy session differs from the average art class.

“In most art therapy sessions, the focus is on your inner experience—your feelings, perceptions, and imagination. While art therapy may involve learning skills or art techniques, the emphasis is generally first on developing and expressing images that come from inside the person, rather than those he or she sees in the outside world,” explains Cathy Maldiochi in The Art Therapy Sourcebook. “And while some traditional art classes may ask you to paint or draw from your imagination, in art therapy, your inner world of images, feelings, thoughts, and ideas are always of primary importance to the experience.” (this introduction is excerpted from the Verywell)

 

For my tribe, I think it makes sense for colouring sheet for the homeless because as organizers’ description, colouring sheet can comfort them from the life difficulty or any disaster. It can help the homeless get rid of nightmare and encourage them to be positive. But when it comes to the sick kids who received the postcards, they will be more affected by the positive contents and the decorative cards (some kids will stick postcards on their room’s wall). So I think art or even just beautiful things help people who experiencing horrible life,