art therapy

Brain research shows the arts promote mental health

Brain research shows the arts promote mental health

Brain research shows the arts promote mental health At home or at school, practising art can be used to build capacity for managing mental and emotional well-being. (Shutterstock) Brittany Harker Martin, University of Calgary During self-isolation due to coronavirus, many are turning to the arts. Perhaps they seek a creative…

Self-isolation: an opportunity for creative retreat

Self-isolation: an opportunity for creative retreat

by Janet Grist With all the uncertainty around how the coronavirus will play out in our communities and the need to reduce contact with others, we will all have more time on our hands over coming months. While we may be disappointed that a much anticipated festival, or play, musical…

Creative volunteers needed at St Andrews in Ballina

Creative volunteers needed at St Andrews in Ballina

Are you an artist or a musician or a singer? Are you interested in volunteer work at St Andrew’s Aged Care Village in Ballina? There is an opportunity to be involved as a volunteer in creative projects. It might be painting, singing, life storyboards, art therapy – and you may…

New art therapy approach to healing trauma

New art therapy approach to healing trauma

Very few specifically focused art therapy courses are available online, but a well-known Australian art therapist is offering a new accredited course in the cutting edge work of Guided Drawing. Cornelia Elbrecht, Founder and Director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy, holds workshops both here and overseas and has…

What is art therapy?

What is art therapy?

by Liz Dowling, Art Therapist If you’ve ever looked up at clouds and recognised shapes in them you would have been working your intuition and imagination by association. Images seen in random marks or shapes is one of the processes used in art therapy to tune in to the ‘true…