Almost all of us express ourselves through art when we are children. We draw for fun, to explore the world around us or to describe things visually.
Many of us stop drawing as we get older, we might think that we are not "good enough" to continue, or that it holds no purpose. Yet we still appreciate the importance of art and when words are not enough to express ourselves we return to visual representation such as drawing a map when giving directions.
Biting a lemon - drawing only the lines which show expression.
The very process of viewing or producing art has huge benefits that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Creating art can help to reduce stress and anxiety and it has been shown to help people who are managing depression and trauma. Viewing or creating visual arts can improve both our physical health and well being. Research has also shown that art can help to improve functional brain connectivity.
Expressing yourself in a creative manner can be lots of fun but documenting life and its problems through narrative can also help us to deal with issues and contextualise them.
Drawing in a group or sharing art with others also brings social aspects to many artists who would otherwise work in isolation. Even if you only ever share your art online being part of a community of artists has great benefits.
- To encourage adults to draw and be creative
- To develop managing strategies for mental health
- To deliver group sessions using theraputic methods
- To use art for relaxation, expression, cognitive development
- To develop the skills of new, returning and improving artists
- To promote drawing from life and imagination
- To give feedback and guidance
- To embrace freedom and expressive thought
- To provide exhibition opportunities for all
- Drawing and composition advice
- Learn to draw in perspective
- Drawing shading and light
- Urban sketching sessions
- Guerrilla sketching sessions
- Developing a sketchbook habit
- Classical drawing techniques
- Introduction to pencil sketching
- Introduction to painting
- Workshops and classes for charitable organisations
- Outdoor and indoor communal drawing sessions
- Structured taught courses
- Urban and Guerrilla sketching
- Social Media groups
- Gallery, event and exhibition support
- Artist support and feedback
- Mentoring programmes
- Sketch a day programme