Today was my second class with my one on one art mentor. This is my mother from a old picture from the late 50’s early 60’s. It was done with just paint. Different tones of blue… Yes, I did have help with it but this was just my second class. Most of the students don’t have this type of result really for 8 weeks or more even with his help… That made me feel great… I even got choked up when he told me I had such a gift and I’ve wasted it for far too long! He knows I’m having money issues so he said there is no way he is going to let me waste it anymore… He is putting me to work around his house to work off my classes.
I know I’m a bit cryptic about the 83 year old Master Artist who is tutoring me. This is because I’m going to build a basic website for him as a way to say thanks! I want it to be ready before I show you his work.
O.k. Robin wants me to share what I have learned from my art class… First thing, I am learning to find the shadows and to draw with line not curves… I know that is a different concept. It will take me some time to get it right. With the painting, I learned that I have to work with light colors and work to dark… With this painting of my mother I was working on making it softer.
At this point, let me just tell you a little about Art Therapy. Better yet, I let the AATA do it below. All I know is when I was painting today, I felt my mind quiet and I was able to focus.
Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Art therapy integrates the fields of human development, visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms), and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy. Art therapy is used with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, groups, and families to assess and treat the following: anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional problems and disorders; substance abuse and other addictions; family and relationship issues; abuse and domestic violence; social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness; trauma and loss; physical, cognitive, and neurological problems; and psychosocial difficulties related to medical illness. Art therapy programs are found in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics, public and community agencies, wellness centers, educational institutions, businesses, and private practices.
Art therapists are masters level professionals who hold a degree in art therapy or a related field. Educational requirements include: theories of art therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy; ethics and standards of practice; assessment and evaluation; individual, group, and family techniques; human and creative development; multicultural issues; research methods; and practicum experiences in clinical, community, and/or other settings. Art therapists are skilled in the application of a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other media) for assessment and treatment.