Increasingly Art is being used in a different environments as well as in a number of different ways. One of the great things about art is that it is open to everyone and it can be interpreted by everyone in different ways. Increasingly art is being used in locations such as prisons as well as hospitals to allow an outlet for those who are within institutions.
Art And Therapy
There are a number of reasons as to why art and therapy are closely aligned. One of the reasons for this is that art helps to relax people and studies have shown that people who are engaged in art are often much more placid and relaxed. This can be highly beneficial to a variety of people from those who are mentally ill , criminals , people suffering from trauma etc. They can all benefit from trying art and engaging with it. Some of the worlds most famous artists with one of the best examples being Vincent van gogh suffered from mental health conditions which eventually led to his suicide. However prior to his demise he produced many pieces of art which were worth little at the time but are now worth tens of millions of pounds.
One of the redeeming qualities of art and reasons that it is so popular as a form of therapy is that it encourages creativity and does not require a set skill level in order to be able to take part. This means that art is accessibly to the majority of people and it can be enjoyed at their leisure. Another benefit of art is that it can be introduced into communities to encourage people to get involved in different activities. This can help to bring communities together and keep people away from crime.
As well as the use of art in therapy , there are a wide number of other activities that can be used as part of a treatment routine for therapy. One of the most popular forms of therapy often offered is music. Music like art is accessible to pretty much anyone. Studies and research have shown that certain types of music can help to relax people and be used as therapeutic aid. A lesser known form of therapy which is becoming increasingly popular in the UK as well as other parts of the world is surfing. Surfing is typically associated with extreme sports. Whilst this is true, increasingly people and organisations are seeing the many benefits that surfing can bring to people as a form of therapy. Surfing can help to relax the mind and the sea can bring benefits to health and well being. Increasingly this form of therapy is being seen more and more often across the UK.
Overall to conclude there are a number of different things that can be summarised. It is clear that whilst many are suffering and need support the variety of help and support available as well as many different forms of therapy available for people.