What is Expressive Art as TherapyExpressive
as Therapy is to explore and express ourselves through visual
images. The Expressive Art is the core of Art Therapy for wellness and
treatment. Expressive Art can provide a person or team to build inner
strength, resilience, resourcefulness, mindfulness, healing
recovery. Expressive Art touches both physical and psychological
and body. Expressive Art using visual language for expression,
process and product.
What Expressive Art is not..It
is not an Expressive Art for the following: doing colouring, art class lessons, art and craft
attending art workshop, visiting art museum or art exhibition, art competition, helping someone making art,
wall painting or mural, and of course, doing art without a master-level trained Art Therapist.
Expressive Art Goals
connect personal or group of individuals through art
creativity. To use art as a form of relaxation, stress
release, self awareness,
insight, finding strength, wellness, healing and
use art as therapy
help in search of inner resources, team energy, team resources
management, group dynamic and
create bonding among group members. To enhance
and improve quality of life. To
use art therapy
psychological treatment for issues such as anger,
behaviours, depression, anxiety, fear, withdrawal, school bully, cyber
bully, stress, trauma, sleep disorder, eating disorder, etc.
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and meditation for therapeutic experience, spiritual journey and help
any healing or recovery from any illness. To
connect to authentic, creative
and truthful self to build our mind and body health and
discover and in search of
our strength, talents, creativity and inner resources in order to help
us cope with life challenges. To
develop team collaboration,
team building and interpersonal bonding. To
maximize our full potential
through personal growth, awareness, transformation, reflection and
Why Expressive Art
Expressive Art is a subtle and therapeutic form of expressions, self care, personal awareness, wellness, mindfulness,
healing. It is because art touches inside
us. Expressive Art can help us reintegrate, reorganize, rewire and
increase our cognitive development. It is also an important means for
human development, bonding and
quality of life.
Indeed, Expressive Art
is well suited to balance our lives, to improve the
life, to heighten awareness, to express, to bond, to
team, to find new ideas, to find strength, to resolve conflict or
disorders, to heal mind and body, and many others.
For WhoExpressive Art is for people from all ages: children and adult; personal or group, individual or
family; senior adults (Geriatric). No prior knowledge of art background is required to do Art
Benefits of Expressive ArtArt
Therapy is proven to benefits people from all ages. The demand for Art
Therapy is increasing because of the benefits are significiant. Here
are some benefits of Art Therapy:
Benefits for the Young
will find visual communication comfortably because of limited
vocabulary. They can express fully especially when words are not
enough. Art Therapy
helps children to process experience, including event, learning
journey, social interaction, trauma, etc. It also reduce stress, stay
focus and be calm when encountering anxiety or difficult feelings. In
additional, Art Therapy helps children improve skills: problem solving,
cognitive, observation, fine motor, etc.
Therapy can increase self-esteem, self-confidence and self
awareness of children. It help them to regulate emotions and self
control. With the integration of Cogntive Behavioral Therapy, children
can develop better social skills, appropriate behaviors and be a better
person. For younger adult or teenagers, ART Therapy can be a
therapeutic channel of expression of these adolescents to deal with
their growing issues, struggles and entering adulthood.
Benefits for Adult
Art Therapy can help adult to find a balancing in work life, family
and personal self care. Indeed, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Adult will be able to reflect their life and related struggles or
issues to improve their mental wellness. Art Therapy can release
inner and deeper emotions. It help them relax, rejuvenate and recharge.
Therapy is a channel to take stock of life journey, review,
reflect and find resolution for any challenges or past issues.
Adult with family to care for will find Art Therapy can be a
therapeutic channel to express their anxiety, stress and find coping
skills. Adult may use Art Therapy to find their inner strength,
increase their inner resources.
Benefits for Senior Adult
There are many significiant benefits that Art Therapy can provide to
older adults. Studies
have found that seniors who do Art Therapy have fewer doctor’s visits, better
physical health, and require less medication. They also fall sick less
frequently. One study connected art to decreased rates of loneliness
and depression, along with better hand dexterity and higher morale.
Art therapy is a creative way for seniors to manage pain and stress and deal with memory loss.
Art Therapy stimulated mental function in older adults with dementia. Art Therapy research indicated a reduction in depression in Parkinson patients. Reduced stress and pain for seniors Art
Therapy also improved their mind and hands co-ordination, increased
communication and socialization, reduced depression, improved brain
function. Art therapy gets through to people with Alzheimer’s by
exploiting parts of the brain with the least impairment. A decrease in
frailty and an increase in physical ability and decreases pain from
diseases such as Arthritis.
Benefits for Team or Family Bonding
Expressive Art as Therapy can provide a space for team or family members get to know each others from different perspectives.
The creative part of each members make bonding special and be connected
in a unique way. Art Therapy increases the team cohesiveness, exploring
solutions, creative problem solving, generates ideas, peer supporting
and at the same time, have fun together doing Art.
Privacy and Confidentiality
default, Expressive Art session is private and confidential.
otherwise they might be harmful or post a danger to self,
group, any person or the public.
Written consent will be obtained to release any of the artworks,
photography, video or any information in relation to the process
and product of the session to the public.
Effectiveness of Expressive ArtThe
effectiveness of Expressive Art as Therapy will depend on three main factors: 1)
The experience, background and training of the Art Therapist. 2) The response
from participants 3) The environment and resources
Art Therapist has the know-how providing you appropriate
intervention to help resolving your issues or treating your mental
illness according to your readiness. Art
Therapy can therefore be highly effective when you have sufficient
art making with help and intervention from Art Therapist.
Our Art Therapist - Mr. Paul Lee
is a Master-level trained clinical professional in Art Therapy and has over 10 years of experience.
Visual LanguageExpressive Art uses visual art as a main language of communication and verbal
is a secondary form of communication during Expressive Art as Therapy. Visual and
symbolic expression gives voice to experience and empowers
transformation. Expressive Art allows difficult feelings to be expressed
in a safe and supportive environment. It is a visual language embraces
many different level of expression.
Expressive Art might involves several and a wide range of
medium to cater for diferent needs, safety, healing stages and readiness. Some of the art
materials are Pastels, Watercolour, Sketching pencils, Coloured pencils, Tempera
paint, Poster Paint, Clay, Acrylic paint, Origami Papers, Natural resources, Collages, etc.
Fee and DurationS$300/= for 2 hours session, inclusive of all materials.
BookingBooking is required in advanced for any session.
Payment and Sign up
only in Singapore currency. PayNow: 8125-4923
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feel that the program helps me to relax, go inside my heart to
release something. Instructor (art therapist) gave comments about my
strengths that I never think of. Gave me new perspective on myself.
The tools are sufficient to use."
was interesting how the things we draw shows our inner self. It was
also fun to just let go and draw whatever we want. It is useful for
people to express themselves."
"I have eczema on my right hand. I have been suffering
from it for 4 decades. Applied medication could not heal it. Art Therapy
is one of the effective ways I have explored and successfully heals
them. I would like to thank Mr Paul Lee for giving me a safe space to
process and let go of their stored traumas. "
"Grieving is never an easy process. I would like to thank Mr Paul Lee for
giving me a safe space to grieve for my child and my dad. I have move
opener and interesting. This program helps me to understand myself
feel that this program has helped me to increase my self-awareness
and to understand myself better. " "The
program is good as it encourages usage of art mediums, eg. Paints,
colour pencil for expression. The usefulness of this program: 1. Able
to use art to express ourselves. 2. Positive psychology helps us to
feel more positive and gain higher awareness of ourselves. 3.
Respecting the privacy that we need by discussing outside."
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