Making marks is fundamental and when words fail, can
provide an alternative means of communicating. Symbolising
thoughts, feelings and experiences in visual images can be a more
effective means of expression and communication than verbal
description and can render these thoughts, feelings and experiences
Artwork can be used to create equivalents of past,
internalised experiences, using visual images instead of
The art psychotherapist facilitates the use of art
materials and the service user is thereby an active participant in
their own therapy and there is a growing ability to find meaning
within their created images. This relationship with the artwork
enables growth within, a stronger sense of self and resolution of
previous internal and external experiences.
see more about how Fresh Art@ has been received by staff and
service users at AWP here. There are links to audio
files and the Evaluation Report is also available.