Art in the Garden and Art Therapy

Art in the Garden

Art & Wellbeing group for adults
Tuesdays 10am-12pm

Explore a variety of art‐making techniques in the relaxing environment of the lovely Redcatch Community Garden. We use the garden for inspiration and work outdoors, on the veranda of the Canopy, so there is shelter when it rains.

The aim of this group is to provide a sociable, supportive, and creative experience for local people. Materials are provided. Suitable for beginners and those with art experience. This group is run by an art therapist, so although it is not an art therapy group, it is a safe, creative space for all who would like to join.

The suggested donation for this group is £4 per session (which covers the use of the Garden and materials) if you can afford it.

To book or for more information please email Jenny:  wellbeing.rcg@gmail.com

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Art Therapy

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We are interested in hearing from organisations who are interested in referring their services users for art therapy. We have an art therapist, space for art therapy, and art materials so we can offer an easy, cost-effective art therapy provision.

What is art therapy?

Art therapy (also known as art psychotherapy) is a form of psychotherapy where art-making is used to help you express feelings and thoughts which might be hard to put into words. Your art therapist is there to support you and help you reflect on your artwork and what it might mean to you.

You don't have to be 'good' at art. The art in art therapy can vary from a squiggle or a collection of leaves to sculpture or painting you have spent weeks making. Sometimes simply playing with art materials can provide a therapeutic experience. You can decide what you make or do in each session.

Art therapists are Allied Health Professionals and are regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council.

Art therapy is:

  • safe ‐ art therapy is a safe space just for you.

  • confidential ‐ your art therapist will keep your artwork and conversation private (unless they are worried about your or someone else's safety). Art therapists are required to talk about their work at supervision to ensure safety and best practice. This is also confidential.

  • non‐judgemental ‐ your art therapist is there to understand things from your point of view without judgment.

Art therapy can help with:

  • expressing and understanding feelings

  • emotional support

  • relationships

  • self‐confidence

  • processing current and past experiences

  • finding healthy ways of coping

  • relaxing and taking time for yourself

 

Outdoor art therapy

Redcatch Community Garden is a mostly outdoor space with a few sheltered areas including the Canopy, a large safari tent. It is a friendly, welcoming, and safe space. Being outdoors can make you feel more relaxed and calm. It can provide inspiration. You can use natural art materials such as leaves and sticks alongside art materials. It can be less intimidating than an indoor therapy room. There can be disadvantages such as it not being as private as indoor art therapy and it can be affected by the weather. Your art therapist will discuss this with you to make sure it is right for you.

Practical information

Art therapy can be useful at any age. It can be for individuals, small groups, families, couples, or a parent and child together. Sessions take place weekly at a mutually agreed time and normally for 6‐12 weeks. Your art therapist will provide art materials, clear up and store your artwork until you take it home, normally at the end of the block of sessions.

For more information please email Jenny Clarke, Art Therapist and Wellbeing Lead, Redcatch Community Garden
wellbeing.rcg@gmail.com

Art and Wellbeing sessions

 

Art and Wellbeing sessions are group art sessions with a focus on wellbeing and mental health. At RCG they are run by an art therapist so they are a safe, non-judgmental space. Confidentiality can be discussed and agreed at the start of the session.

The group size can be bigger than an art therapy group (up to around 15 people) and they can be one-off sessions. That means the focus will be on the art-making and what that can offer, and will not be as in-depth as an art therapy group.

Sessions can be used to learn new art techniques and explore materials, which can increase confidence and provide a relaxing experience through becoming absorbed in the artwork. The group members benefit from the social interaction and support from being part of a group. The art therapist will help the group members reflect on their artwork in a safe way. Carers/support workers are welcome to join in.