ART for the MIND
Art for the Mind for Seniors is a group art therapy program specifically designed with integrative mental wellbeing components to help isolated local seniors combat the new mental and emotional challenges they’re facing as a result of COVID-19 in a positive and meaningful way.
Art therapy is an active art making and creative process that supports cognitive and sensorimotor functions, fosters self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivates emotional resilience, promotes insight, enhances social skills and reduces and resolves conflicts and distress. Making art is inherently therapeutic and takes into consideration thoughts, feelings, behaviors' and spirituality within the counselling process.
Art therapy can be very rewarding for seniors – it can promote healthy and positive feelings, enhance physical ability, and have a calming effect. Through the fun of creating, seniors will enjoy a better quality of life.
The Benefits of Art Therapy
Enhanced Motor Skills
Increased Social Interaction
New Thought Processes
During 48 virtual sessions twice a week, participants will be encouraged to express, explore and understand their emotions through the medium of art.
Most of all supplies should be available from the dollar store or Walmart at an inexpensive cost.
Basic Art Kit:
Pencil, Pencil crayons, Crayons, Markers, Water colour paints, Glue, Scissors, Old magazines or newspapers, Paper/sketchbook
Session Lead: Renata Chubb
Sign up for these free virtual sessions by contacting us here!
Why Seniors need Expressive Art Therapy?
Meet the Therapist
As an Expressive Arts Facilitator and Expressive Arts Therapist in Training, I believe that art, sound, movement, words, and play offer great potential for healing and reconnection with self. I am currently a student of Expressive Arts Therapy at the CREATE Institute in Toronto, and have also completed a certificate in Art and Trauma. I have turned to art through so many difficult life experiences – often without even realizing it. My role is to gently guide, work with, and empower individuals in their release of old programs and traumas. Often we do not need words. Without a doubt a space can be made by working with colour, or sounds, tiny movements, our breath. There are many ways to heal our emotional wounds. As an Artist: I am a passionate creator who is learning to share what she creates. I am full of ideas and always working towards releasing judgements of my own creations. I continuously circle back to the beauty and authenticity of intuitive and abstract expressionist art – not focusing on what I see, but on how I feel – how feelings and energy can be interpreted in shape, texture, colour and line.