artistic sides

We all have an artistic side waiting to be articulated, and art is a vehicle we can use to heal ourselves and one another.
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ART CAN PRODUCE ITSELF IN MANY FORMS.  The concluding result is always the same: total relaxation.
When you’ve had a stressful day, what do you first think about to help you unwind?  I touched on music before-as a medium for complete relaxation- it just has a magical ability to turn that frown upside down! or completely change your mood.  It’s amazing how quickly that medium of practice works!

Gathering ideas from the American Art Therapy Association Coloring in Adult coloring books is not true art therapy, “The American Art Therapy Association supports the use of coloring books for pleasure and self-care, however these uses should not be confused with the delivery of professional art therapy services, during which a client engages with a credentialed art therapist.”


I engage in coloring.  I have a coloring agenda book.  Coloring does make me feel relaxed, distracts me from my current stressful thoughts and I am proud of the pretty pictures produced, but it is not the same thing as producing something that is an abstract form of personal creation.

I was never certified in art therapy, I just always organized the arts and crafts program at the nursing home that I was working in.  I also came up with ideas for my internships and practiced arts and crafts in my education at LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY for the classes that we visited in Farmville Elementary school to work with the children as well as the nursing home in Farmville.  As well as through my education, I have found through my internships at the Training Center, working with adults with mental imparments, and the nursing home and assisted living facility, that the satisfaction produced by simply creating a picture or an art project by the residents’ is personally gratifying.

At the nursing home that I have worked, I helped the residenturkeycraftts to go outside and gather leaves in the fall to paste them on construction paper, color an outdoor scene or designs by the leaves.

Around  Halloween, we could wrap a tissue around a cotton ball to make a ghost.  We would also make stained glass windows with tissue paper color papers.  For relaxation we would color or draw with crayons and colored pencils; we had a man at the nursing home who was a military pilot and loved drawing pictures of war fighter planes.

Seeing bright colors and looking at art can just be inspiring.  In any confined inpatient setting that I have been in, the walls are covered with bright and colorful pictures as opposed to boring white walls.  Besides making the facility cheery and more home-like, the colors even give family members and staff something to feel energized and smile.

Whether it is the satisfaction of completing something tangible with your own hands, tracing and coloring in pictures in a coloring book or looking at the bright cheery pictures on the wall, art is therapeutic for everyone.



Art is about relaxation, being creative and feeling productive.  We can all be THANKFUL for the therapeutic value that the creation of art holds.  Plus, it’s always something fun to look at pretty colors.




About Danielle!

A young professional Longwood University alum, with a traumatic brain injury having previously worked in the Therapeutic Recreation field with the elderly at nursing homes in Fairfax, VA. Now as a TBI advocate, trying to help others learn more about TBIs is involved in support groups, as well as very involved in my church, child care, and working part-time at a library
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1 Response to artistic sides

  1. Joyful2bee says:

    I have to share with you a funny story. Last fall before the grownup coloring books came out, I was trying to find some locally. I went to a major store and asked if they had any adult coloring books. The salesperson gave me the oddest look and suggested I look in another area of the store. I told him I already had. He went and asked another salesperson when I realized they thought I was asking for some kind of x rated (adult) coloring books! I explained quickly that was not what I was looking for. Now those silly people know what I was talking about! LOL.
    Creativity in itself is very therapeutic and often cathartic I find. Interesting blog. Thank you.

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