Expressive Arts Group for Adults Living with a Life-Limiting Illness
Posted Jan 24 2013 12:00am
is once again offering Expressive Arts for Adults Living with a Life-Limiting Illness. The most common life-limiting illness is cancer. Other examples are stroke; ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”); heart disease or congestive heart failure; emphysema and other respiratory diseases; liver disease; renal disease or kidney failure; and AIDS.
The group is also appropriate for those who have multiple health conditions that leave their health fragile and shorten their life expectancy.
The groups are facilitated by Julie McIntyre, who is an Art Therapist and a volunteer for Community Home Support – Lanark County.
WHEN: There will be 8 sessions of 2 hours each on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon in Perth beginning February 5th, 2013. WHO: Anyone can join the group anytime during the 8 weeks. There is no charge; however, donations to cover the cost of supplies are greatly appreciated.
What are expressive arts and how do they benefit? Expressive arts are also known as creative arts and include a variety of activities of artistic expression including painting, storytelling, writing, poetry, sculpture, print making, collage, mask making, drama, music and movement. The emphasis is on the process of the art making rather than the finished product which means that everyone is able to participate in this regardless of artistic ability. In other words, no artistic ability is necessary.
For adults, the emphasis is on the expression of feeling through an art activity. This allows feelings that are often not readily recognized to surface through interaction with the art. Art allows us opportunities to gain insight, perspective and solutions to situations. Sharing the creative process with others in similar situations allows an opportunity for expression on many levels.