ART AS AN INTERVENTION
Visual images and visual forms are the simplest and most natural form of human expression and experience. As such the creation of and appreciation of art taps into core psychological values underlying our emotional well being.
Art, as a physical experience or a visual experience meets basic psychological needs of pleasure through sensory feedback. Alongside improving emotional well being other areas of our lives are likely to be positively impacted on through the use of art as an intervention such as self-expression, managing failure, boosting self esteem, coping with stress and improving social skills.
There are an increasing number of medical and educational professionals who are recognising the psycho-therapeutic value of art in overcoming barriers to learning and mental health difficulties. This can be particularly relevant when used as part of a healing process or journey for children or families who have experienced trauma.