By: Miraval’s Rebecca Wilkinson, Wellness Counselor, M.A.
Most of us would never identify ourselves as artists—kindergarten may have been the last time we made art. In fact, most of us would rather avoid ever calling to attention to our lack of artistic skill.
So why do art if we have no artistic talent? The simplest answer is that art is a way of learning something about ourselves that we wouldn’t be able to find out any other way. It gives us information that we didn’t have before.
For example, when people are at a crossroads in their lives, Art Therapists often use art to help them decide how they should proceed. We suggest that they use color, line, and shape to draw the path they are on and we ask “What would be different if things were the best they could be? How would you feel? What and who would be in your life?“