Art is Energy Food for the Brain
ART & BRAIN PLASTICITY
Neuroscience shows that the human brain is an amazing organism, that is constantly developing and changing. Use it or Lose it.
By including Artistic Expression and Creativity in our regular life schedule, we expose our brain to new ideas and new skills, sparking constant changes that reorganize and develop new neural pathways and improved connections that minimise cognitive ageing.
Just as physical exercise develops our body 'Art' helps maintain our brain, our breathing, our emotions and body systems, as we relax, restore and rejuvenate our wellbeing, in a way similar to Meditation but much easier to access. Art is ideal for persons who struggle to 'switch off' and relax from family, work, problems, boredom and other life challenges.
Art allows us to 'switch off' our constant left brain 'over-thinking mind chatter' and allows our emotional, intuitive, creative problem solving, out of the box solution finding, right brain to rejuvenate and restore our emotional energy.
With a few basic skills Learning to create Art is as easy as learning to read.
Experience the joy of seeing the world in a different way, create beautiful images and build your confidence.
ART CLASSES: Are not all the same.
1. Art Skill Builder Class: Aims to increase our creative ability, and technical skills to create aesthetically pleasing artwork that we feel pride to achieve, and pleasure to look upon. i.e. INDIVIDUAL ART FOR EXTERNAL PLEASURE
E.g. Students may choose a subject, and a medium, and create an image with tutorage from the artist.
The artist might demonstrate a technique, and provide suggested image ideas to students that use that technique.
Skills focus around observation, drawing, painting, creating images that make us feel good to create and look at.
2. Therapeutic Art Class: Focuses on awareness of emotions felt during the creating process, (there is no aim to have it look like an artwork) whilst experiencing mindful relaxation, social connection, and reminiscing about the past or ruminating about the future.
i.e. INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIAL ART FOR INTERNAL PLEASURE.
E.g. Students may spend more time discussing their experiences related to a subject, and experimenting with materials that replicate those feelings, than actually painting an image that anyone other than themselves can recognise as being related to that subject.
Individual Counselling using Art Therapy, DOES NOT MEAN CREATING AESTHETICALLY PLEASING ARTWORKS.
It instead involves working with a trained Art Therapist (using some Art materials such as crayons) with an overall goal of resolving personal problems, which may have arisen from emotions, behaviours, perceptions, belief systems, relationships or life experiences and expectations past and present. Your Art Teacher is a qualified Transpersonal Art Therapist, and Individual Counselling sessions are booked separately. (Refer Counselling & Therapy Tab above)
Your Art Teacher is a prize-winning Artist, so you can learn from the best.
Samples can be seen under the Art tab on this site.
How to enroll:
Booking (and cancellation) by text 0407 655 383 is essential. Classes < 4 may not run.
Most Materials provided, however you're welcome to bring your own.
9.30am - 11.30am Wednesday & Friday.
To reserve your place phone or text details to 0407 655 383.
How to pay:
You can pay cash at the door. (Please provide correct value/ change not kept on-site)
OR pre-pay by EFT: Margaret Keal BSB 014203 Account 499582061 and
advise payment by text. (Include surname & class date as EFT reference)
New Students: Pay for first lesson and get a second lesson free to be taken within 1 month.
What to Expect:
These are relaxed Art classes, because confident Art comes from feeling relaxed, thus classes are supported by calm-inducing background music.
Plenty of parking available.
Tea/coffee facilities available, however students are welcome to bring own mug/drinks/food etc.
Lesson format and content is usually adapted to suit student suggestions or requests made during a previous lesson.