How can art therapy help your well-being?
There could be a plethora of reasons you may seek therapeutic channels to remedy internal struggles. We are proud to offer a new and exciting way to expand your inner mind and express it in an easy and fun outlet.
Visual journaling is a very therapeutic process. It allows you to express your internal life struggles such as stress, sorrow, loneliness, frustration, and negative thoughts and handle feelings experienced during your transitions in life, allowing you to free up your mind and have a healthier attitude. Additionally, alleviating the mind of stress and lifting stress from the body. A mind burdened by stress will also weigh heavy on the body. By alleviating mental stress your body is also under less stress, allowing your heart and muscles to become relaxed as well. Escape to the country and instantly feel calm, peaceful and relaxed.
It feels so good to create art, express thoughts and feelings and to document your life journey. At Reflections Art Studio, meet other people who are experiencing similar life stories and who have the desire to learn, explore different ways to express life stories and transitions, and create art. Connect with people who want to live a happier, creative life. When you surround yourself with positive people and experiences, you free up your mind and heart, and are able to see the positives in life. Celebrate your successes, memories and special occasions in your life.
There is no right or wrong way to visual journal.When creating at Reflections Art Studio, your art is a reflection of you. Everyone leaves with their own story documented in their own style using the techniques I have shown them. Learn different ways to create layers, art theory, and techniques using multi-media. Learn different ways to organize your thoughts and ideas, memories and troubles. Learn creative ways to cover up mistakes and turn them into “happy little accidents.” You will feel creative because anything is possible as you explore using multi-media in your visual journal.
Here's what people have said about their experiences with Reflections Art Studio
How much does art therapy cost?
Are you tired of being unhappy and negative? Are you struggling each morning to get up in the morning because of stress, frustration or depression? Are you experiencing heartache over a strained relationship? Are you experiencing a loss or grief? Basically, are you tired of feeling unwell?
It is time to move forward in a healthy creative way. Visual journaling will help to cope with your transitions and heal. Come to Reflections Art Studio to live a positive, creative life. Learn art techniques to express your life stories and life transitions.
It can also be used to celebrate personal events, document trips, favorite quotes, songs, books, recipes, food, record new ideas, all things that give insights into who you are. Visual journaling isn’t just for therapy, it is also a way to document special events in one’s life. A visual journal is something that you can physically have in your hand and take anywhere.
Can you afford not to learn how to positively express your life stories and transitions? Can you afford to keep being unhappy?
Art Therapy is Perfect for Students in School
As an elementary school teacher for 27 years, I provide professional quality, unique lessons also for school aged children.
A week long Community Classroom retreat for school groups can also be experienced. I collaborate with the classroom teacher to create a unique program geared to curricular needs. Visual journaling is an integral part of the week to record observations, thoughts and feelings and ideas, information, and questions, and discoveries. Drama, music, dance and visual arts, including photography, can be integrated.
School groups are also welcome for morning, afternoon or day long field trips.
I gently guide my students through the process, offering compliments and suggestions, reminding them of some basic principles of art and offering solutions to their art problems.
Reflections Art Studio and Community Classroom is a safe and caring art retreat in the country for people of all ages and abilities to learn how to tell their life stories and express themselves using art!
My studio is available to rent for meetings, birthday parties, school PD Days, in-service, mini-fairs, studio usage and staff development.
Here's some frequently asked questions about Art Therapy
Art therapy is a form of unique expression which allows you to use art as mentally productive outlet. Using art as a way to make sense of your inner thoughts helps articulate your subconscious in a way that makes sense to you. This helps alleviate stress and helps you cope with thoughts stuck inside your head.
This is a fantastic outlet for you to expand and improve your artistic talents, all while helping you cope with internal struggles. Using art therapy, you can extract your inner thoughts and place them on a page. This will give you a physical and visual medium to extrapolate on and develop upon.
Art comes in near limitless forms, however, here are a few examples. Drawing, painting, and sculpting are quite common. Depending on your preferences, your mind may take you in other directions. However, we are happy to help you expand upon youth talents and work out your mental obstacles.
Renee Dowling from Reflections Art Studio
Visual journaling has saved me! I have been able to explore different healthy ways of dealing with the many challenges in my life. I use visual journaling to express my life stories and life transitions! It has helped me to move on and feel happy, creative, positive and alive! I have decided to live a creative life and want to help other people live a creative, healthy life too!
Visual journaling has also become a way for me to document the stories in my life to leave behind as a legacy for my children and grandchildren.
I have a Bachelor of Education through the University of Lethbridge, and have taught elementary school students full time for the past 26 years with the Medicine Hat School District. I am shifting my career aspirations towards teaching both adults and children Fine Arts. I was an active member on the ATA Provincial Fine Arts Council as the Editor of their publication A Fine FACTA. Visual journaling has been an integral part of my students’ school year in all subject areas.