At Oakleaf, we believe that creativity and better mental health go hand in hand.
During these extraordinary Covid-19 times, our creative workshops have found a new virtual platform, forming an online community for our clients. We have been running online Art Therapy as an alternative to our in-person workshops, and these zoom sessions are a space where creativity flows and participants who are struggling with feelings of isolation, anxiety or depression are able to join in without leaving the comfort of their own homes.
Regardless of the artistic medium used, participants are reminded to focus their attention on the creative process rather than the finished product. The reason for this is that the creative process is intrinsically soothing and self-healing. It relieves stress, provides a sense of empowerment and personal fulfilment and offers clients the ability to express difficult feelings in a non-verbal way.
“Art Therapy helps me to relax and express myself while providing me with a pleasurable task to focus on and forget my troubles. An all-round peaceful space that makes me really happy.” – Fiona, current Oakleaf client
Read more about creativity and mental health at Oakleaf here: https://lnkd.in/d8hNByQ
Roseacre Art Groups
At the start of lockdown I set up 3 zoom art groups for the residents in Roseacre Gardens. They consisted of ‘Little Art’, ‘Teen Art’ ‘and Grown Up Art’. The grown-up group has continued due to the residents really enjoying the sessions and what they have to offer. We have mostly copied the work of famous artists and begin the sessions by talking and learning a little about them, how to approach the work before we go on to work independently.
As a result of this, our work is currently being exhibited in the waiting room at Farncombe train station as part of the Guildford Arts Society ‘Art in the Station’ project. Normally the work is provided by local schools but, due to closures, there was insufficient work available. This, however, has provided an opportunity to display work from another source, still maintaining the community theme. It is intended to also display work from our art group in Woking station and Guildford when the waiting room re-opens.