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.