Art goes beyond stress relief. If done right, it could improve your mood and energy because it leads to less worry and more positive emotions. With the right approach, engaging with art is healing and meditative. My meditative art teaching style aims to emphasize on the joy, benefits and healing effects of art.
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The Need to Unwind Your Mind
Stress is one of the most powerful forces in our lives. Over time many of us will find ourselves having little interest in activities that we used to enjoy. We may feel down, depressed or even hopeless. Sleep is usually an early casualty of stress followed by feeling drained and fatigued the next day. Stress also drains our strength and vitality and can lead to a poor appetite or overeating. When we are stressed it becomes harder to concentrate on daily activities. The longer we let stress stay and define our relationship with our loved ones and environment, the worse it gets. Chronic stress can impose irreversible mental and physical symptoms. Sooner or later, we will experience its wear and tear on our bodies.
Art and Health
Creative art can be a refuge from our daily stress that brings many illnesses, mentally and physically. It can shift your focus to positive life experiences. The pleasure achieved through engagement with visual art propels us to enhance our persistence through continuity, challenge, and achievement. Art and health have been the subject of many research studies. It is now widely accepted that the creative process can positively contribute to healing in many individuals. Many forms of art such as drawing and painting have been involved with healing rituals. Engagement with visual arts can promote the reduction of stress and anxiety while increasing positive emotions.
Benefits of Meditative Art
There are many benefits associated with the practice of meditative art combined with drawing and painting. It can:
- improve well-being by decreasing negative emotions while increasing positive ones
- reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
- improve the flow and spontaneity, positive identity and social networks
- improve concentration
- improve self-awareness and observation
Meditative art is a different way of teaching and conducting an art class. My focus is to add these benefits to your practice.
Meditative Art in Each Lesson
I designed the art classes to combine the elements meditative art with your drawing or painting lessons. You will experience this unique teaching style regardless of the type of class you choose. In other words, the focus and emphasis on the healing and meditative side of artmaking are in the DNA of every class I teach.