A message about art therapy…

During my art class yesterday afternoon we had the opportunity to listen a wonderful speaker named Bonnie Chapman. Bonnie runs an art therapy program through the Pasqua Hospital in Regina. Below is an exert from an article in the leader post to help better explain her work….

“Along with its purely aesthetic pleasures, visual art has properties with a potential to serve an even greater good. Bonnie Chapman understands this very well. Since 2004, she has been artist-in-residence at Pasqua Hospital, working with patients, at their bedsides and in her studio, to combat the unfortunate side-effects of an institutionalized existence. She is a firm believer that creativity and self-expression can be invaluable antidotes for such things as isolation and ennui, stress and anxiety, depression and even physical pain.”
BY THE LEADER-POST (REGINA)JULY 24, 2008

I found her presentation very inspirational and also very intriguing, If art is known to be mood altering and enhancing, why are we not surrounding ourselves and our students with it? Do you believe in the powers of art therapy? I would love to learn more about it and experiment with it in the future.

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2 thoughts on “A message about art therapy…

  1. Allie, this is a post that I am very familiar with. Several years ago, the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton Alberta introduced an “Arts in Medicine” program as a form of therapy for patients and caregivers of people who are living with life threatening diseases. The thought behind it was exactly as Ms Chapman describes – art serves as a distraction, it has a healing element to it and, most importantly, it allows those people who would typically remain silent in group therapy to speak. People tend to talk more when their hands are engaged and they are not forced to make eye contact. I had the opportunity to take a number of the arts in medicine classes, and I now highly recommend them to others. The beauty of art, whether it be painting, photography, poetry or whatever, is that it allows people to express their inner selves without risk. Edward Hopper said, “If you could say it with words, there’d be no need for words.”
    I encourage you to continue with your passion in this area. And I agree with you – we should always be surrounded by art.

  2. Allie, I made a mistake on the Edward Hopper quote. It should read, “If you could say it with words, there’d be not need for paint.” Makes a bit more sense when written correctly, doesn’t it?

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