What is Expressive Arts?

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Expressive Arts brings together the processes of creating art and reflecting on our personal journey. It is playful and fun.

The intention of Expressive Arts is to allow various forms of arts-based expression to facilitate growth and learning.  Expressive Arts is not therapy. However, it can be therapeutic, because expressing ourselves in creative ways allows us to have a new perspective on our day-to-day life.  

What happens in an Expressive Arts session?  

Participants in Expressive Arts play with many types of art-making to express their thoughts and feelings.  They may use:

  • Visual art media such as paint, collage, inks, printmaking, clay, fibre and found objects
  • Movement
  • Written word, such as simple forms of poetry and prose
  • Rhythm and voice

An individual or group might be invited to use all or some of these types of art making.  For instance, participants could choose to start with paint, move to written work and then create a rhythm with percussion instruments. While the spirit of this art-making is light-hearted and fun, the learning that comes from expressing ourselves in new ways can lead to deeper personal insight. 

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Your guides for this experience support your journey without judgment or expectations. We want you to focus on the process of art making and not on the finished product.   

Why would I want to do Expressive Arts?

We have often heard that people like the opportunity to make art without expectations about what they will produce or how it should look. The freedom and choice in the process allows you to explore and experiment. Each creation is celebrated for what it can offer the creator.

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Above all, participants enjoy the opportunity to create something that allows them to see some aspect of their life in a new way.  Those who feel “stuck” may recognize a shift in their perspective that can help them move forward. Those who face challenges may find new resilience as they learn from the process. Some participants feel that they reconnect with their true selves through the playful nature of Expressive Arts.