Artisan vs Artist
If someone asks you to define art, you might not have a one word answer. Art in these modern times not only defines paintings, drawings and sculptures, but as an experience consciously developed and created through an expression of imagination and or skill. This includes printmaking, photography, performance arts, decorative arts and even installations. Its visual existence is within a continuum that ranges from utilitarian purposes to purely aesthetic, which gives us an artisan and artist respectively. In this case, we focus on artists and the media used as a primary mode of expression and communication.
Creative modalities such as drama, dance and visual art-making are a form of psychotherapy utilised within a therapeutic relationship to improve emotional well-being, mental and physical status of the body. Traditionally, these art therapies are based on psychoanalytical principles that differ from traditional art-making and performance, such that emphasis is on the creation process rather than the end result. This creative process in self-expression helps people in behaviour management, reducing stress, creating awareness and boosting self-esteem. Art therapy can be used to achieve different goals in people. For some, it is a way of providing deeper understanding, a massage to one’s inner-self. Others use it for counselling purposes such as healing, treatment rehab and psychotherapy.
Despite being a wide scope of topic, there are still numerous common misconceptions about art and art therapy. Many a times people might think artists are best suited for art therapies, well in fact it does not rely on artistic ability or knowledge. Imagination and creativity are qualities everyone possesses. Art therapy therefore gives an individual a more integrated sense of self, in order to generate new models of living. Another myth is the interpretation of artwork during sessions. Each individual brings out their own cultural and personal experiences to the creative process, therefore only they can reflect on their work. This way, the therapist can empower clients in discovering their full potential. Furthermore, art therapies have a strong scientific basis, with well-established evidence of visual arts, music, drama, dance and movement therapy.
As with any other form of therapy, this form is used as a treatment or as a way to improve one’s mental well-being or emotional state. It does not have to be used as a treatment, some just need some sort of creative outlet. So resolve your conflicts and achieve insight through art and its form of therapy. Other benefits include:
- Identifies emotional expression blocks, thus encouraging personal growth.
- Improve on your physical coordination with some dance moves and performance arts.
- Challenge yourself to express feelings non-verbally.
- Guide yourself to identify deep dug issues and develop your coping skills.
- Develop and increase your communication skills through drama and performance arts.
Therefore, grab a pallet and express yourself through art, just for art’s sake. Find yourself a therapist and you will not regret it as you face your greatest masterpiece yet.