Art is therapeutic

Every now and then we are overwhelmed by the gruesome happenings in the world or in our personal space. Art as a form of therapy is a new practice that uses art to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness and manage behaviour. In a way it helps one escape from all the heartbreaking headlines and the hastiness of life.

CapeTalk presenter Pippa Hudson explores the idea of art as therapy, and finds out more about how art can be used to manage stress, unlock creative vision and generally improve our lives. She talks to an artist, Monique Day-Wilde, who is currently based in Pringle Bay. Monique co-authored 10 books on art; she teaches from her home studio and runs regular art retreats.

The benefits derived from arts therapy:

  • Good health
  • Fulfilment
  • Personal growth
  • Reduce negative stress

You don’t need to draw or paint, you drew and painted when you were a kid without second thoughts, that’s what I try and help people do now particularly with the arts retreats. Anybody can paint. We use music and movements so you literally are making marks on canvasses and paper without thinking and people are amazed at the end.

Monique says back in the day people used to explore their artistic talents by knitting and crochet. But because this form of art is no longer offered at schools people need to find other forms to fill the gap. “Creativity is very important,” she says.


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