ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: COMBAT PAPER PROJECT

    I'm always amazed at the resilience of people especially our veterans.Veteran's have found different ways to cope with their combat experiences.  This video from PBS News Hour is about veterans who make paper out of their military uniforms and apply art to it as a form of art therapy.  It…

ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: COLOR MEANING

    Art therapy uses color as a way to understand the inner feelings of patients.  There are complete books written on color psychology, with Carl Jung ,the well known psychologist, leading the way.  He posed that people often choose colors subconsciously thus revealing their true feelings.Color psychology breaks down…

ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: MILITARY & ART THERAPY

    While I was in nursing school I had the privilege to work with veterans during my mental health clinical at the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital.  It was by far the most memorable and humbling experience I had while in school.I recall how often these men would say that it…

ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: AWARENESS RIBBONS

      AWARENESS RIBBON CHARTRemember the song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" ? Although the use of ribbons has been around for sometime, this1970's song inspired the wife of an Iranian hostage to use yellow ribbons tied around trees to show her support of her husband and her wish for him to return…

ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: SELF PORTRAITS

NOTE:  This is a very brief overview of self portraits.  There is a wonderful body of work by experts available online and in books on this important art therapy topic.Self portraits are used in art therapy as a way for patients to express themselves often revealing how they see and feel about themselves. …

ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: ART THERAPY

WHAT IS ART THERAPY:  Art therapy has been around for 30 years and combines the healing qualities of art with psychology.  Art therapists are licensed professionals who are highly trained in working with patients and the interpretation of the patients work (symbols, colors, etc.).   WHO BENEFITS:  children and adults, individuals and as groups or as a…
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