How it Works
Mindful Art Center offers Art & Mindfulness online sessions that encourage you to create art as part of your daily self-care routine. The sessions offered are approximately 45 minutes long, designed for all skill levels, and do not require any previous art experience.
You can join per session or you can save by joining the monthly subscription, which gives you access to any of the sessions.
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During the live calls, we practice active meditation through art making and develop stronger self-awareness, which leads to an improved overall well-being.
Connect with others in the group as we share our experience and support each other through the process. This is a no judgement zone! You’re not alone – let’s draw it out.
Art & Mindfulness
Art therapy is a mental health profession, much like counseling, however art therapists use art and the process of making art to help facilitate healing. For any reason you might seek out therapy with a counselor or social worker, you could also work with an art therapist – we just use art as the main modality of healing.
Stress and anxiety, to some degree, are a part of all of our lives. And it’s not always a bad thing – the physical indicators of anxiety can alert us to a dangerous situation and trigger our fight or flight response. But, if our thoughts are causing the anxiety when there is no imminent danger, then the anxiety itself becomes the problem.
Studies have shown that creating artwork, and even just viewing artwork, releases dopamine in our brain – dopamine is the neurotransmitter that gets activated when we do something pleasurable – it’s basically our natural anti-depressant.
A study published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association that tested the hormone cortisol levels and if they would be affected by making art, (too much cortisol which is caused by stress can cause impaired cognitive functioning, high blood pressure, trouble sleeping, weight gain, and more) – in this study After 45 minutes of art making 75% of the participants cortisol levels were lower. All these studies prove that art is really good for us – emotionally and physically.
There are a lot of things we can do for ourselves to help improve our overall wellbeing. Creating art is just one aspect of self-care.
Self-care consists of intentionally doing something that improves your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. This is different for everyone. Personally, I like running and making art.
You may find that these art & mindfulness sessions are the perfect fit for your self-care routine.
“I have been participating in weekly online Art and Mindfulness groups with Kelly Darke for over a month. She has a magical way of sharing her gift that supports and encourages and allows participants to explore their own thoughts. She guides with care and love and helps to maintain a sense of calm within the group. Participants explore their own feelings, emotions and thoughts as she leads through open ended activities that allow people the freedom to go where the energy takes them. Kelly supports sharing and conversation that is meaningful and deeply supportive. I feel blessed that Kelly has a gift she is able to share so lovingly and would recommend her services without hesitation and with heartfelt gratitude towards her.” ~ Jennifer Knowles. South Burlington VT“