“One of the best ways to engage the creative process, the unconscious, and the imagination is through art-making. The process of making art and the artifact itself are both the means and the messages through which we encounter ourselves.”
The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy: Working With Movement,Metaphor, and Meaning– Daria Halprin
Art has been used as a means of communication, self-expression, group interaction, diagnosis, and conflict resolution throughout history. For thousands of years, cultures and religions around the world have incorporated the use of carved idols and charms, as well as sacred paintings and symbols, in the healing process. Art therapy is a hybrid field largely created in therapy in treatment to develop self-awareness, explore emotions, address unresolved emotional conflicts, improve social skills, and raise self-esteem.