Creating art can be a therapeutic way to manage stress in your life. Stress doesn't discriminate and it can affect children and adults alike. Painting, sculpting and creating visual art is an excellent way to manage and lower stress within your daily life. By engaging in creating visual art you promote self exploration and awareness and it can improve your overall health. When creating this way you may need to change your way of thinking and focus on the exercise and not the end product. I believe in order for it to be effective we need to allow our bodies and brains to relax. I believe there are three key elements which will help your mind and body relax. Environment, physical movement and music. Here is one way you can create artwork and eliminate stress today. Choose a space which makes you feel good. It can be indoor or outdoor. Put on music which calms you. Stand (do not sit) in front of a large paper or canvas and create something big! Use large sweeping arm movements to push the colours and lines around the surface. Move to the time of music if you like. Take breaks and time to stand back and reflect at your creation. Be creative and expressive and engage your mind and body and most importantly have fun.
I often hear people say they're scared or intimidated the first time they come into the studio to make a work of art. Too many focus on the end product and they lose sight that the process is the most important part. The process is where growth and confidence evolve. Here is where true creativity happens. I can define being creative as solving problems in a new way, finding different avenues to reach your destination and changing your perspective. Every day life forces us to be creative and to find the best ways to make changes and in turn grow. So then doesn’t everyone know how to be creative? Making art is one way to creatively question and take chances which you may not attempt to do in your everyday life because the risk factors are too high. It’s scary and there’s judgment. In the studio, the environment is safe and the success of your creative art making process is determined by pre set goals. Being able to confidently state and explain how you achieved your goal in the creative process is an invaluable lesson learned no matter how big or small. Personal growth and building confidence through creative art making in the studio carries forward with you into other aspects of your life. This is how the process of art making in our studio allows you to build confidence one brush stroke at a time.