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RCASA’s Art Therapy Thursday: Creative Spirit by Danica A. Henrich

In Art therapy, Sexual Assault Awareness on January 28, 2010 at 9:00 am

Humans have an intrinsic desire to create, to use visual images to communicate thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of the world. Art and Creativity are a part of all of us and is something we are all born with. If you look back on history you can see how art is interwoven through culture and how humans have used art in a variety of contexts.

The caveman used images to tell stories, to communicate, and to keep record of life. Art later began to reflect an individual’s spirituality and beliefs about a higher power. Creation wasn’t limited to wall paintings and sculpture, but was also seen in architecture and practical items such as pottery. Artists and Artisans continued to push the envelope, exploring their world and the materials available to them in order to invent, inspire change, and create items or images that reflected how they perceived the world. Claude Monet once said, “It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.”

As the world and culture changed, appropriately, so did artists and the work they produced. Art became increasingly expressive and not only reflected the external world of the artist but the internal world as well. “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures,” Henry Ward Beecher.

 Almost every day I hear someone say that they are not creative or that they are not artistic in anyway, and every time I have to disagree. Creativity is in us all! For some of us ability or passion are more overt and for others talent is hidden and the desire for creation is unexplored out of fear. I believe that everyone should nurture their creative spirit, embrace it, and show it to the world.

-Danica A. Henrich,  Art Therapist

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