Lifespan Therapeutic Art
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up! PicassoColour is everywhere around us and within us and we need to absorb and experience colour for our health and wellbeing.
Painting title: Red Flower
Vital Art Sessions
I offer colour painting therapy sessions for individual and group sessions:
The session is a supportive and therapeutic space for a nurturing and relaxing art session.
I use a technique called wet-on-wet which is water colour paint applied to damp paper for specific colour exercises.
I also offer pastels, crayons, charcoal and painting for expressive artistic therapy, which enables the individual to express feelings and inner images on paper. Together we can discuss its meaning for the individual and their life.
How it can help:
The use of specific colours applied in this way nourish us and allow us to experience and explore a colour mood with imagination.
Specific colours each have a particular effect on our inner emotional and physical self.
When we are depleted of energy and life forces (such as in depression, burn out, stress) using specific colour exercises can help to restore balance within us.
When using the colour in the painting exercises, our breathing can become relaxed and it promotes calmness.
By applying the colours slowly and gently the person experiences the depth of the colours.
It is a relaxing and enjoyable activity, which creates a meditative absorbing mood.
It does not require any previous artistic experience.
Art Groups for Older People and People with Acquired Brain Injuries
Whether living independently or in as a resident or patient in a care home or nursing home, older people or people with brain injuries can benefit greatly from having the chance to be creative.
Painting with colour gives vitality and nourishment and depicting elements of nature and the seasons connects people to the outside world, and to inner rhythms.
Encourages interest in surroundings of past and present.
Links people to their lifestory.
Encourages cognitive functions such as memory and concentration.
Helps coordination and visual capacities.
Helpful for people feeling down or depressed.
Encourages social interaction with others.
Helps give life meaning and purpose.Vital Danza® (Vital Development® approach)
I am a qualified facilitator and run workshops in this creative movement dance approach to wellbeing. Vital Development
Examples of Wet-on-Wet Painting
'The Rainbow Colours'
'Red and Green: Exercises of Complimentary Colours'
Art Exhibition of Care Home Art Group