Art is a form of creative human expression, a way of enriching the human experience. We use art for our entertainment, cultural appreciation, aesthetics, personal improvement, and even social change. Whether or not we are aware of it, we allow art to affect our lives one way or another.
In the famous book Art as Therapy, the authors have outlined seven functions of art and explain how art helps us grow and evolve in our understanding of ourselves, each other, and the world we live in. Taking your time to mindfully observe artwork can be of true value to your emotional well-being.
In viewing art, our perceptions change and grow, leading to growth and change in ourselves.
Art as Therapy Infographics Transcript
Appreciation Art helps us to revisit the value of ordinary things like the pretty colors in a splash of morning light on a table cloth or the familiar and nos- talgic aspects of old beer cans. Art embraces appreciaton.
Memory Appreciation Art focuses in on the essence of the scene rather than the whole of it. It homes in on what is most memorable from the scene the artist was viewing. Art records and preserves emotions.
Self-Understanding Art helps us to complete our own unformed thoughts and ideas. We have an ‘aha’ moment when we see a piece of art that perfectly captures a feeling or thought we have had that we couldn’t express.
Sorrow Art doesn’t just increase our capacity for joy, it validates our sorrows. Art provides a different perspective or “vantage point from which to survey” our own sadness & find a way to deal with it.
Hope Art can move us to tears. Beautiful art can bring tears of joy. Experiencing such heart-warming feelings about it encourages us to hope for the same thing for our-selves.
Art promotes self-growth When we see a picture of some- thing we haven’t personally expe- rienced or of an emotion that we don’t have a personal context for, we can take the time to think about it, react to it, and empathize with. Art promotes self-growth.
Re-Balancing Our day to day lives influence the balance of our emotional make up. We gain balance through art by taking a moment to observe, judge, and appreciate things we don’t nor- mally see and our responses to them.
Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced – Leo Tolstoyo.