Art Therapy: Array your Art Workshop at Work

by RivkyShimon - Date: 2007-01-06 - Word Count: 524 Share This!

There is so much going on in the world today. President Bush is moving things around in Washington. The controversy over Saddam Hussein. The explosion of youtube! 2007 has started off with a bang. Do you know how this impacts your art workshop center?

If you are interested in running an art workshop center, now is the time to start getting on it. Art is becoming the great escape for many, not just the artists of this world. Art is also being recognized as the solution to the education gap caused by the schools working toward cutting art from their curriculum. The benefits of art are endless. But, one major function art has in our lives is it helps us cope with the issues in the world around us.

You might wake up in the morning and turn on the television as you work your way toward your first cup of coffee. As you listen for only a few minutes, you hear about a person getting shot, a child getting kidnapped, more people dead in Iraq. And before you even take your first sip of coffee, you are ready to turn the television off again. What can you do with all that pent up emotion?

Finding a punching bag to bully around is certainly one answer. Pouring yourself into your work, even on your day off is another. But, sometimes our releases are more counterproductive than resourceful. Art doesn't have any negatives. It is the mirror within us by which we understand ourselves better. Even when we don't know what to say about an issue, art helps us express it in images, icons and symbols. We can still get all the pent up emotion out of our system. And we can look at it. Reflect on it. Discover ourselves.

So, where does your art workshop center come into this scenario? Don't you see?! You are providing a place for people to go and be productive. They need guidance and you are giving it to them. Even if you are not an artist, it's not hard to learn how to run an art workshop center. I teach people all the time. My students have picked up on my system so quick and now have gone on to run their own workshops.

Be ready for anything. Read the paper in the morning and have topics to discuss. As your students come rolling in, don't be afraid to bring certain things up to their attention. It's not a discussion session mind you. But, what you are doing is reminding them about these issues that are on their minds. What is the result? On each canvas, at the end of the day, is the resolve your students needed. Hug yourself! You deserve it.

The world does not look as if it is going to get better any time soon. Your art workshop is their therapy. And they will love you for it when they realize how much money you are saving them on therapy. Understand the concept! What is going on this world does directly impact your workshop center. There is not an area of our lives and our world that art doesn't touch.

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An internationally known artist as well as a mother of six, Rivky Shimon founded Rivky's Art Workshop in New York. Rivky's step-by-step method for teaching children how to create and enjoy art has earned high praise from students, teachers and parents alike. Through her new training series, Rivky plans to teach artists from across the country how to duplicate her success. Not only to ensure that art education remains a vital part of every child's life, but also to enforce the reality that "The Rivky Method" tm works the same magic for adults as well.

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