What is Expressive Arts?
Expressive Arts is a process where you can draw on your imagination to express your feelings and emotions or explore possibilities for the future through creativity.
It is a tool for self discovery and a means for gaining greater awareness of how we see and feel our way in the world. It can help us find solutions and connect us with our inner resources. Because of the underlying belief that we are all creative, this process will tap into your innate well of creative expression.
Expressive arts encompasses a range of modalities that connects our physical senses especially visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Some of the modes of expressive arts are collage, paint, clay, writing, drawing, rhythm, story, dance, music, movement, clay and drama.
Most expressive arts processes start with a warm up such as guided meditation or visualisation, music, movement or drumming which helps participants to enter a creative or imaginal space.
Research has shown that doing something artistic or creative reduces stress, promotes relaxation and mindfulness and encourages positive and joyful feelings.
How and where can Expressive Arts be used?
In a corporate setting
- a team can create art as part of creating a shared vision and sense of direction
- workers can do art as a form of relaxation and stress management
- drama games have been used in business to teach improvisation and collaboration
- of women navigating change and transition such as retirement or ageing
- to tap into their long neglected inner child and learn to play again
In organisations providing services for disadvantaged groups
- to promote wellbeing and help manage anxiety
- to increase self esteem and create a sense of mastery