It is known art can spark many emotions inside of us, but understanding why can seem complex. Observing art and also practicing making art are two ways we can become more aware of ourselves. Psychological art can trigger learning and memory aspects. In working with senior citizens, I have discovered there are various cognitive and physical skills in this group of people, and it is influenced in the art they choose to make.
To gain a simple overview of what art therapy is, I will reference ‘Art as Therapy’ by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong. De Botton states there are seven main functions of art: remembering, hope, sorrow, re-balancing, self-understanding, growth, and appreciation. Look at each of these words, then reflect on the art in your life. How is it represented? How would you display these functions for someone else to see?
Something else I discovered in learning more about the psychology of art is making art a practice. Art is a broad term, but there is a certain magic to it which intrigues us. It is never too late to discover your creative side, to let your dreams in to be expressed. As they say, “the journey is more important than the destination.” We explore and challenge ourselves when we allow our feelings to be open. I highly recommend the book ‘Making Art a Practice’ by Cat Bennett, to gain a deeper perspective on the practice of art.
I hope you all allow the magic in your lives to be expressed for others to see!