Art is a form of expression. This statement has been reinforced by health care professionals who have recognized art as a type of therapy and the way mood is affected by color. You have probably noticed the same effects on yourself. Whether it was from looking at an image of pain, or a happy photo of bright flowers bathed in sunlight art can create moods.
Art is a form of communication that was developed before the written word. It was used to pass on valuable information. The images created a valuable source of insight into what the person was thinking or feeling at the time it was made. Humans, as social creatures, are conditioned from an early age to not only express ourselves, but learn to identify the mental state of others.
A therapeutic discipline with roots in both art and psychology was developed in the mid-20th century. Its practice revolves around enabling people to overcome physical, mental, and emotional disabilities and trauma. The proper application of this therapy has been found to provide patients with an alternative method of communication when verbal interaction is not feasible.
Emotions such as fear, stress, anger, happiness and many more can be portrayed in the images that are created by the patient undergoing art therapy. The non-verbal communication is a great asset to patients who are not able or uncomfortable talking.
Influence of Colors
Colors in art can also be used to change or enhance your mood. Lively colors will often give a person a feeling of generally having more energy, while darker colors can bring a sense of melancholy.
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