In 2016 I completed a Masters degree in Art Therapy through Western Sydney University. These art works ere done seeking a better understanding or ability to cope with thoughts and feelings relating to my study, experiences working as a student therapist and my personal life.
Art therapy is different from regular art-making. There is more emphasis on meaningful art making that hopes to improve physical, emotional and mental well-being than making aesthetically pleasing artworks. You do not need to be good at art making to do art therapy. One of the benefits of art therapy is that it does not rely on words or language to communicate. Art therapy provides far greater choice r mode of expression.
The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) states that “through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.”