Art Can Be Therapeutic
While out shopping, you may have noticed adult coloring books. These books can be found at a variety of stores. Amazon, grocery stores, book stores and dollar stores all carry these types of coloring books. Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford has sold over 16 million copies of her adult coloring books. She attributes these sales to two factors: accessibility and a craving for non-digital activities. Basford states that people have told her the coloring book has helped them through various tough times.
There have been numerous studies done that show art can be very therapeutic. Many psychotherapists say that creating art can enhance your health which overall impacts your quality of life. Cathy Malchiodi is an international expert, writer and educator in the art therapy field and art in healthcare. She states there are times when people need professional support from a therapist, doctor, mentor or friend but art exists as a natural healing therapy for many of life’s encounters, especially loss and trauma.
One quick look at the various famous artists who have explored psychological themes in their work proves Malchiodi right: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Edvard Munch, Vincent van Gogh and the list continues on. These artists may have used these processes to express frustrations, take a time out or something else altogether, but it is obvious that people have long sought therapeutic involvement in art.
Even if you do not claim to be an artist, you can still take a class or get involved in art-making. Who knows, you may discover how therapeutic art can truly be and how it can have a positive impact on your life.
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