There is extensive research that proves that art benefits mental health. Neuroesthetics is the scientific study of the neurobiological basis of the arts. Scientific evidence of how people respond to the arts is gathered through brain imaging, brain wave technology, and biofeedback.
A study published in BMC Public Health in 2020 found that participation in art programs may increase life satisfaction and promote positive mental health. The Cleveland Clinic explained in a 2020 article about the benefits of using creativity for stress relief during the pandemic, noting how art provides a way to visually express feelings when verbal expression may be too difficult. A study published in 2016 in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association found that making art resulted in a statistically significant reduction in the stress hormone, cortisol. Art can also be beneficial for specific conditions, such as patients with dementia or PTSD.
Art allows you to build a capacity for managing your mental health and well-being by helping you to:
The goal of art therapeutic workshops is to focus on the “process over product.” In other words, the process of making the art is more important than the finished product or mastering art techniques. This enables people without art skills to experience the benefits of tapping into creativity. As creativity is embraced, mental health benefits emerge.
QSF offers Arts in Health workshops on Zoom where clients are taught by artist-teachers who are trained and mentored by a licensed art therapist. Register for a virtual therapeutic art workshop with the Queen Shirley Foundation.