Many of the greatest artists of all times often discussed the relationship between art and their own mental state.
Art can be very healing for both the artist and admirer. Art has always had therapeutic benefits and now we’re finally recognizing the power of art in healing. In fact, art therapy has become a practiced form of mental and physical therapy over the last couple of decades. Although art therapy has become more widely accepted by the medical community, it is still is not considered a valid form of therapy. In a clinical setting art therapy is often used in conjunction with various other forms of mental health therapy. Practitioners of art therapy _______.
What is art therapy?
The American Art Therapy Association defines art therapy as: "an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.” Creative expression allows the
Practitioners or art therapy believe
“Art is to console those who are broken by life.”
-Vincent Van Gogh
The Drinkers (1890) by Vincent Van Gogh
“Art is a wound turned into light."
Landscape near Antwerp (1906) by Georges Braque
-Vincent van Gogh
Old Man in Sorrow by Vincent van Gogh