The Benefits Of Incorporating Art And Health

Doctors who use the “arts in healthcare” method, otherwise called “arts in medicine”, are also noting a decrease in hospital stays, increased adherence to treatments, and a reduction in the amount of conventional medicines being taken.  Popular Dr. Oz recently talked about HCG again as an alternative way to lose weight. They also cite better overall health as an advantage. Caregivers are being impacted as well due to reduced stress, and observations suggest that patients are spending less money on their treatment.

While pharmaceuticals still play a large part in the lives of many, several unconventional methods of treating patients are gaining popularity as the western world’s interest in alternative, and holistic medicine grows. Using art as a treatment option for some serious psychological and physiological conditions is one such area. In fact, music, expressive writing, visual arts, and creative forms of expression that rely on dance or movement are all proving to be effective in lessening the effects of various diagnosis.

Incorporating Art and Health for Better Results

This is an ongoing area of study that has been gaining momentum over the last 10 to 15 years although, the practice is considered to be much older. Besides adverse psychological and physiological issues, art has also been attributed with the ability to address milder conditions. It must however be noted that the method is used as a part of a treatment regime and not on its own.

Children with physical, mental and learning disabilities, troubled teens, and veterans have all experienced varying levels of success with this method. Even patients dealing with depression have been positively impacted. The method is also widely used in children’s hospital to help cancer patients and those suffering from other life-threatening illnesses.

Other Forms of Art Included in Treatment

Music, visual arts, dance/creative movement, and expressive writing are not the only forms of art being used. Some professionals who use “arts in healthcare” also incorporate humor, creative writing, drama and different forms of literature. The general idea is that creativity and imagination both foster overall wellness.

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Hire Me Now: How To Master The Art Of Interviewing

021 artApplying for a job is a tricky process that requires you to use a number of skills. In school, you may have already learned the basics of resume writing and interviewing, but an actual job interview can be frightening no matter how prepared you are. Recruiters are armed with years of training and can easily spot behaviors that indicate untruthful or inaccurate answers. Just one unexpected question can aggravate anxiety and cause you to say things you probably shouldn’t.

Not to worry, most people get better with practice. In this respect, interviewing becomes an art…something that needs to be carefully understood and learned. An interview is a crucial part of a job application process. A person who is not as skilled but performs well during an interview may be favored over one who is more qualified based on skills and experience.

The art of interviewing begins with taking a moment to self-review. No doubt you will be more equipped to handle questions about yourself if you’ve already reflected on the skills and experiences that qualify you for a certain job. Recruiters are always expecting you to convince them to hire you; and what better way to do that than by confidently narrating to them your accomplishments and goals.

Once you’ve outlined your strengths, weaknesses, goals and accomplishments, it’s time to prepare for your first interview with a recruiter. How well you do in an interview can be measured even before you first meet your recruiter. Behaviors such as coming early are always noticed and can be an indicator of how serious you are in getting the job. You should greet your interviewer by addressing him Miss, Mr. or Mrs, as appropriate. Extend a firm handshake to show confidence and eagerness. Always wait to be asked to be seated.

When the interview has started, remember to position yourself as someone sincerely interested but not overly confident. Connect your previous job responsibilities to key characteristics valued in the position you are applying for. Give thorough but concise answers and avoid offering answers to questions not yet asked. Make sure to pause in between sentences and maintain good eye contact with your interviewer.

Different companies will ask different questions and there is no sure way to predict what will be asked of you. Before an interview, learn as much as you can about the job and company you are applying for and evaluate what among your skills would make you most qualified. Remember to maintain your sense of humor and to answer with grace even the most difficult questions. End the interview with a smile and remember to thank your interviewer for the time and opportunity given to you. All interviews must end, so end yours with a winning attitude and remain positive whatever the results may be.

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Benefits That You Can Get From Painting

You can express your thoughts and feelings in a variety of art forms. You can write them down, make them into a song or paint a picture. Painting is a form of visual art which most people resort to in order to express themselves. They can form a picture out of the thoughts they have and make them come to life. This activity not only creates images which are aesthetically appealing but also gives a lot of benefits for those who are regularly doing it. The following are some of the benefits that painting can give you.

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1. It Makes You Happy

If you love painting, then it surely makes you happy when you do it. Painting can relax your mind and free you from the stress you might have been feeling for a while. Your mind and heart can be united and you can feel a sense of bliss and harmony. You will also feel pleased, happy, and satisfied since you are in a new world wherein beautiful pictures are created and wherein you can be free of the worries of the world outside. It can also serve as a distraction from all the thoughts that you do not want to think about yet.

 

2. It Serves As an Outlet for Your Thoughts and Feelings

Most people are not comfortable with expressing their thoughts and feelings to others. Instead, they paint pictures to let out the whole range of emotions they feel whether it be sadness, happiness, longing, anger, hurt, etc. You can use pictures yourself to communicate what you cannot say using words. When you have problems, you can let your worries out on your canvass and make something beautiful out of them.

 

3. It Improves How You Look at Yourself

Through painting, you can make something tangible out of your ideas. It can give you a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. You will feel good about yourself because you were able to achieve and create something. Also, you are in charge of this new world you created. You can turn ugly thoughts to beautiful images with just a flick of your hand on the canvas. It can definitely improve your self-esteem and self-confidence which can aid you to succeed in life.

Painting can also serve as your therapy especially if you feel like your emotions are sometimes too much to handle. It can also be an added source of income if you are having financial problems. There are more benefits that you can get from painting that you have not think of yet. Painting is a great activity to engage in that can help you express yourself better and make you healthier physically, mentally and emotionally.

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Three Upcycled Do It Yourself Projects

073 ceramicsAre you bored? Do you have nothing to do? Well, you can always do something in your free time. You can do arts and crafts. You can create new things from your old things. You can create something useful out of nothing. You can do ceramics, Do It Yourself projects, and others.

 

Fork Hooks

Do you have old spoons and forks at home? Are they just lying around your cupboards, getting rusty and unused? Now, you can put them to good use. Your old spoons and forks can even help in organizing your homes. This idea comes in handy especially when your children or husband just leave their jackets and coats on the floor right when they get home.

To create hooks made of used forks, all you need is a drill. First, look for old forks and spoons in your house. It should be metal and it should withstand the drill. However, it should still be capable of being bent. Good cutlery hooks are the ones with carved designs on the end of your utensils. So, you have to bend it into a shape or pattern you want. When you are done, get a wood or anything you want to place your hooks on. It could be placed directly on your wall. Then, you drill on the utensil and drill the screw on your D.I.Y. hook. Now, you can clean out the clutter in your house.

 

Birdhouse Boots

If you have old, unused, and worn out boots in your house, you could turn these boots into birdhouses. Use water repellant for boots that are made of leather. This is to make the boots sturdier to create a birdhouse. You can add more designs to the boots and paint it with different colors. After which, you cut perfect holes into the boots. The holes should big enough for the bird to fit in. Then, you can work on the roof of the birdhouse as the cover of the boots. For the final step, hang it in an area in your house where the birds commonly go to.

 

Spoon Chandelier

Similar to creating ceramics, making spoon chandeliers are fun and enjoyable activities. Also, spoon chandeliers are very environment friendly. Aside from being environment friendly, it looks elegant and does not look cheap at all.

In making spoon chandeliers, you need lots of plastic spoons, a plastic bottle, glue gun, and light. First, cut the top part of the spoon leaving the bottom part. You will be making use of the bottom part. Start sticking the bottom part of the spoon on the lower part of the bottle. Then, layer each rows of spoons. When you reach the top, insert or attach the light to finish your chandelier. And voila, you now have a classic looking recycled chandelier.

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Savers’ Tips In Buying Art Supplies

028 art suppliesArt has been used by painters as a medium of expression. With the goal of reflecting their ideas, beliefs, moods and emotions, paintings often contain hidden messages that stimulate the minds of art lovers and enthusiasts all over the world. It has also been considered as a form of livelihood for people who have lived hundreds of years ago.

Art has continuously evolved and transformed itself into various mediums from generation to generation. It has become a hobby for some and also a career for others. Either way, being an artist is not as simple as one think it is. An artist, like any warrior, needs his or her weapons. In this case, he or she needs art supplies to create something. But these resources are typically expensive and one has to be resourceful in using them.  Here are easy tips that you can use to save money in buying these art supplies.

 

Learn How To Reuse And Recycle.

Pre-made canvases available in the market are very expensive. They also come in fixed, pre-determined sizes. Use your creativity in reusing the old canvases that you have by using the unused side or priming them again with gesso – a mixture of white paint, chalk and glue.

As for the containers of your paint, learn how to improvise by using ice cube trays as palettes or empty, cleaned butter or sour cream containers as paint containers. You can also use these as water cups in cleaning your paint brushes.

 

Make A List Of Supplies You Need.

If you’re really in a mind to buy art supplies for your painting, prepare a list of items first that you cannot do without. Ask yourself at least three times if you really cannot manage your art without buying it.

One example is the decision of buying an easel or not. These forms of painting support are pretty expensive. Think if you can resort to cheaper alternatives like countertops and tables. You can allocate the money saved from buying an easel for items that are important for your planned art.

 

Love Thy Art Supplies.

Take care of your art supplies like you very own babies. These items, if well taken care of, can last for a long time. Don’t compromise on buying cheaper sets of paint brushes that only last for a month or two. Invest on materials that may be a bit expensive, but guarantee long life usage. Observe proper measures in keeping and cleaning them.

Creativity and resourcefulness are not limited to the medium of art that you are planning to create. These are also important qualities that you must utilize in taking good care of your art supplies and also in buying new ones.

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3 Ways On How To Be Artsy And Healthy At The Same Time

090 incorporating art and healthPeople do not usually think of art and health in the same line of thought. What is often associated with health is science but since science and art are on opposite sides of the spectrum, incorporating art and health seems to be a challenge.

Art can be expressed in numerous ways. It may be through visual arts, performance arts, literary arts, electronic arts and countless more. Art is evident in your daily life, from waking up in the morning seeing your wallpaper, and hearing the morning radio to falling asleep on the couch, watching your favorite TV show. On the other hand, there are many different kinds of health. It may be physical, mental, emotional, psychological, or spiritual health.

Incorporating art and health may pose as a challenge but you may have not notice how certain simple activities have incorporated art and health successfully. You can always enjoy expressing yourself in a healthy way. You just have to know what activities to engage in. The following activities are ways to be artsy and healthy at the same time.

 

a. Writing

Writing is considered as a therapy by some people. It can be an effective tool for expressing your thoughts and ideas. You can just write down random thoughts of the day, what you have experienced or even your feelings about a certain event. Some people say that writing relieves stress and anxieties. They can think more clearly about their problems and come up with ways to go about it after writing it down. This can also be true for you. You can try writing to organize your thoughts especially if you had been very busy at work or school. It is a way of expressing yourself and keeping you mentally and emotionally healthy.

 

b. Dancing

Dancing has always been known to keep us fit. Before, dancing is only one of the many forms of recreation. People do them for fun. However, nowadays, because of the rising health consciousness, people have started to engage in dancing activities in the hope of staying fit and healthy. Dancing gives the human body a lot of benefits. It can improve your cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and bodily coordination. The kind of activity that is very popular these days would be the zumba, a form of dance and exercise where a lot of people all over the world have been engaging in from the comforts of their homes or in the fitness centers and even in public parks.

 

c. Music

You may have never notice how beneficial music is to your life. No one has gone on living with the absence of music. Music is maybe the most popular form of art and is one way to keep you healthy. Music is an expression of the soul. With the lyrics of a song, or a tune or even just a note, you can feel and share someone’s feelings and thoughts and in turn, you can share yours. For some people, music is even a better therapy than writing. With music, they can feel a range of emotions and forget whatever their worries and problems are. They can relax and think of happy thoughts. They can feel passion and freedom. It can be their escape from reality. It is a way to relieve their stress for the day and just feel and let go.

These three are only some of the numerous ways that you can be artsy and healthy at the same time. You can choose whatever works for you or you can think of your own way. Whatever it is, you have finally seen how to find that connection between art and health through the daily activities you usually engage in.

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Starting Your Own Art Studios Business

089 art studiosAre you into arts? Do you have any plans to start your own art studio? Not all people may have this kind of interest, if they will have an interest that would be on your crafts and your services. Starting an art studio is not as easy as you think it is. Most artists took their job personally because most artists express themselves to their crafts. It defines their personalities. That’s why if they would start a studio that studio will become part of them because that’s where they spend most of their time. To be a successful in art business you need to have passion with your work. If you don’t love your work, you will not last in this business because not every time there will be people who will ask for your services or will buy your finish piece. So, if you want to be successful in this industry, here are the things that you need to learn and understand.

 

Business Plan & Study

Because of the fact that there are already a lot of art studios that are now operating in the market, this simply means that the competition is beginning to go higher. So, if you want to compete, you need to have a business and study. Creating a business plan and study may take time for some but for other it will just take them few weeks or months. Launching a business also requires the perfect timing and you need to know when to launch your business.

 

Location

Next important factor would be the location of your art studio. It should be located somewhere accessible to the public. The location should be easy to find. So, this is another important factor that you need to consider.

 

Rate

Either you will be buying a place or renting it, it’s also important that you know the rate. This will help you know and prepare how much you need to prepare to support your art studios.

 

Advertising

Next, will be to advertise your art studios since you are just starting, of course, you still don’t have enough cash to pay media advertising. So, what you can do is to go for print ads. You can make fliers and give it away to people.

 

Survey For Feedback

After running your business for at least three months, if you want to know how your business is doing, try to ask people who have already experience your services what they can say about your business. Try to run a survey so you would know where to improve.

There are still a lot of things to study when it comes to starting a business. The most challenging part of having a business is getting it started and running.

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The Objectives And Goals Of Art Therapy

064 art therapyHave you ever heard of the term “Art Therapy?” Obviously, this is the type of therapy that uses art to help people cope with their current situation. There are objectives and goals that are need to met to help with the treatment or coping. Later we will be discussing about these objectives and goals. Art therapy is commonly use in children who have some traumatic experience in their pastor from their parents or from their childhood. It is also known as the therapeutic use of art making, within professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and those people who seek personal development.

But how does this process work? It simply work through creating and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others; they will be able to cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art. But who are the people who conduct this type of therapy? These are the art therapists who have specialized and trained in both art and therapy. They are aware and have learned about human development, psychological theories, clinical practices, spiritual, multicultural, and artistic traditions, and most especially with the healing potential of art. These specialists use art for their treatment, assessment, and research, and also provide consultations to allied professionals. Art therapists also work with people of all ages: individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities.

Now, you might be wondering about other objectives that art therapist can do to its patients. Here are the objectives: art therapy can help to increase meaningful experience in the current situation, to increase life satisfaction, and also to increase leisure enjoyment. Another objective is to facilitate reminiscing and healing and to enrich appropriate sensory stimulation using texture, color, line, and composition. Next, it is to maintain client’s manipulative skills using various tools and tasks; to maintain a higher level of cognitive function by stimulated in use of descriptive vocabulary, recall, and meaning; to provide additional emotional support and expression of motion related to life situations and changes; increase self-esteem; decrease maladaptive coping skills and behaviors; reduce anxiety; help identify blocks to emotional and personal growth; and so on.

Now you see how art therapy can help oneself in coping with it health condition and the treatment. With all of these objectives and goals, these can only be met if the patient is willing to cooperate with the process.

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Appreciating Art Through Its History

135 history of artArt has been a part of our lives from the time mankind first stepped on earth. It has been there ever since and no one knows when the first piece of art was made. But one thing for sure is that it is one of the things that have been very difficult to understand. No one knows what artists think when they make their masterpiece and that is the beauty of it because each person gets to have his or her own realization about the meaning of a painting or sculpture. But for most people, what they usually do when they want to understand more of a piece of art is to study its history because through it, you will get to know the factors that could have caused these artists to make them. So if you try to ask what the history of art is, then here is a little background of it.

It is any human activity that has occurred in the past which is being shown to us now visually, verbally, emotionally, or any other possible way. Like for example, the cave paintings were not just ordinary drawings because they were considered art as well. For the cavemen, they only tried to draw the things that they saw like animals, mountains, and trees. They also included the things that they have done like hunting, fishing, farming, and many more. It was just something normal for them but look at it now; it is being appreciated by artists and studied by scientists. They try to derive explanations that have caused these people to do these and also study on the materials that they have used. It was only at the renaissance period where art was becoming more complex in terms of style, techniques, and its classifications. This is where the most famous artists came into being such as Da Vinci and Picasso. Their paintings had deep meaning which is the kind of art that people are trying to adore and appreciate nowadays.

Indeed, art has been an intriguing yet interesting thing at the same time. If you try to think of it, it is just a simple canvass with oil based paint on it or a simple sculpture of a man, yet it can cost millions of dollars. This has always been something that has confused lots of people but that is just the way it is. Art is confusing, difficult to understand, weird, or what have you, but these are the things that make it appealing to the masses.

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Art As A Part Of People’s Daily Life

033 artIn a sense, art is the product of creative imagination. It usually requires an artist to have an inspiration or a subject in order to come up with a great artwork. Some artists really studied on how to create beautiful artworks while most of them are already born with the skills of being a great artist. There are basically different forms of art. Most of the time, it is being linked to painting and sculptures. But, there are also times when it is being used to describe something that is of great value. For example, some people would say, “Wow! The dish you cooked was a work of art!” That may be because of how the presentation of the food was done or because the food really tastes great.

In some occasions, artworks such as tattoos denote meaning. A lot of tribes around the world use tattoos as a form of showing the rank or position of a member in the tribe. Such can be seen in different tribes in Africa and also by American-Indians. Fashion is also another form of art. As you can observe, every country has their own national costume and they differ from each other in terms of styles and designs. This also goes for dancing, wherein different countries also have their own national dance that has different dance steps and facial expressions compared to the national dances of other countries.

Art is just a three letter word but has very broad meaning. Even simple things can become a piece of artwork to the eye of an artist. It also has many different functions. Some even use it for entertainment. A good example is a stage play. This may be in the form of singing, dancing, acting, or whatnot. Others use it as a form of treatment or what is also known as the art therapy. A good example is yoga, which is a form of exercise and is being used to treat different kinds of health related problems.

There are still a lot of things that involves art. Wherever you may go or whatever you may do, it is for sure just around you. It only depends on how you look at things. Art can also be a lot of fun and can be a way to relieve stress. It does not only enhance your personality as a whole, but it can also provide you with ways to express yourself or can be made as a medium for communication.

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Art Supplies Include All That’s Needed To Create Art

Mention the term “art supplies” to any artist, and you may hear they talk about their paint brushes, easel, framing needs or what new paints they need.  At the same time, art supplies are not just for painters, but each and every person who creates some type of art form.

For instance, Jessie says he needs “cutting tools” for his unique sculpture art; while Ben likes to work on art mosaics and also enjoys using colored pencils, markers and pencils for his many art drawings that he sells at area art fairs and outdoor craft shows.

“When I’m asked what art supplies I need, I just tend to roll my eyes because my want list is huge.  In fact, I’d say my art needs includes even art books and other media that offer me ideas or help me discover a muse for my art.”

At the same time, an artist named Barb says her art form is both scrap booking and sign making.  “I really need a studio for my art, but my basement will have to do for now,” she says with a grin.

Also, Barb is keen on screen printing and says the supplies she needs is somewhat expensive as are the tools for her printmaking projects.  “I’d say that today’s art store has changed from the days when artist supplies really meant a canvas, paints and brushes.  Today, it’s all over the place with all sorts of art papers, and board and even framing classes so you can do it all yourself.”

In turn, there’s a growing list of special needs when it comes to a growing world of artists whose supplies are often created based on a need to create some sort of unusual art that requires more than the usual oil paints, tempera or watercolors.

Also, there’s a growing trend to offer artists various hard bound portfolios or even online art websites or other ways and means to showcase one’s art after it’s been created.  Thus, those supplies that were usually associated with an artist’s creative work has now expanded to thousands of different tools, methods and processes that are intended to both make the creation of art easier, and to broaden the business of supplies for artists in general.

Overall, today’s supplies for artists are massive with everything from planning a work of art to cleaning up one’s space after the art has been created.

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Painting And Much More

Everyone would love to have a talent, and many people do find something that they are good at as they go through life. This does not mean that you cannot develop anymore talents or skills. There are a lot of people out there who would like to take up painting. Many of these individuals not only have the desire at the willingness to learn, but also have a little bit of talent to go along with it. Of course, learning how to paint is going to take time and there is a lot that needs to be learned before one can truly be called a master of the art.

You don’t need an expensive art school education to know how to paint. What you need is proper instruction and plenty of practice. As with anything, it is important to dedicate a large amount of your time to a particular skill if you want to improve on it.

There are many different styles of painting technique. A lot of people will take a look at the beginning styles such as water color and oil. These are an excellent tools to begin with.

You can often find evening classes which will help you to perfect your skill. If you want, you can also take a look at videos on the Internet or try to drop some pounds with garcinia cambogia extract. There are plenty of free courses out there which will help you to build up the skill you currently have, and allow you to expand on your own abilities.

Learning something new is always a life-changing experience. It allows you to delve further into what it means to be human, as well as discover more about yourself. Take that first step and start painting, as you never know where something so tantalizing and unpredictable may lead you further on in the future.

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Benefits Of Taking Up A Hobby In Ceramics

There are many benefits in taking up a creative hobby like ceramics. Working with the hands can be therapeutic, calming, and rewarding for many people. The beginner will need some basic equipment but often this can be acquired after taking a class or finding out more about the activity.

For most people taking a class may be the first step toward a rewarding hobby that lets them express themselves creatively. Community centers, adult education centers, cultural centers, or ceramics specialty stores are places to look for beginner classes. A pottery wheel and kiln are some of the pieces of equipment that will eventually be required to complete projects.

After beginning classes in the art of ceramics a person can begin to acquire some basic supplies. A few knives and a wheel are some basic tools that are less costly than others. Having a kiln is desirable but can be costly to purchase and operate. If owning a kiln is not feasible friends or neighbors may have one to borrow.  It takes a lot of strength and endurance to make pots everyday.  You should seek optimal health by watching what you eat and what you do outside of this work. Pottery stores that allow customers to make their own pieces are other resources for firing finished products.

Regardless of the way a person begins a hobby in ceramics it offers many benefits. Relaxation often occurs when a person works with his or her hands. Another benefit of designing your own pieces is the ability to produce personalized items to be given as gifts. Many people love and appreciate gifts that are thoughtful and made personally for them. Ceramics items given as gifts are unique, one of a kind gifts that nobody else has.

Whether considering taking up the art of ceramics as a hobby or something else, it is fun, and provides a much needed release. The beginning cost is low and more supplies can be acquired as a person becomes more skilled at shaping and creating desired items.

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