No previous knowledge or experience in art is required.
Art therapy is a form of therapy that allows for self-expression through visual arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture and collage. The act of creating supports emotional, physical and psychological well-being.
In art therapy, it is the expression and significance of the image that gives meaning to the experience. To facilitate self-expression, both words and images are used in this process. Art making offers new possibilities of self-expression that transcend the limits of verbal communication which often leads to new perspectives and allows for new questions to arise. Art therapy is a process that can promote well-being, relaxation and enjoyment through engaging in the creative process and experimenting with art materials. Furthermore, the artworks created are concrete reminders of the therapeutic process and may be revisited whenever needed.
Art therapists are professionals who hold a master's degree in art therapy and are certified in their field. They are knowledgeable in both visual arts and psychology, which makes them qualified to guide people through the artistic and therapeutic process, by offering technical or psychological support. Art therapists do not interpret artwork; they ask questions in order to help the client understand their own interpretations. Trained in symbolism, they rely on their clinical understanding to facilitate the therapeutic process; however, art therapists validate with the client the meaning of their artwork, as the client remains the author and expert of their experience