About Follow Your Art
What happens when someone is given creative space?
Follow Your Art is based on the philosophy that in a safe, supportive environment, creative art experiences can enhance personal growth, awareness, and quality of life at any age. Art experiences with Follow Your Art provide the skills and tools for artistic expression and a supportive and creative environment, for increased self-awareness, creativity and healthy expression of emotions.
Art experiences through Follow Your Art are not limited to art classes; professional art therapy services are available for children and adults, as are professional development workshops for staff working with children with special needs.
Despite the varied services offered, the intention of Follow Your Art is the same: to bring art to the every day, to use art to connect to ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Children seem to know how to do this instinctively, so classes for children capitalize on what they already know about being everyday artists. Art materials and concepts are presented, examples are given, then children are permitted to explore and create in whatever way is natural for them, in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. For adults, giving ourselves permission to play, experiment, and create from the heart doesn’t come as easily.
Trust your hands…
Artists are invited to enter any Follow Your Art experience with an open mind and heart, to take risks and try new things. Artists will find a relaxing, accepting environment, and a responsive, informed facilitator. As a result, individuals can learn something new about their creative abilities and what they are capable of accomplishing.
What you pay attention to… grows. At Follow Your Art, we pay attention to creativity, and trust that a creative space can feed creative energy.
Follow Your Art is not just about learning to ‘do’ art, though instruction is part of the process, and skill learning is the first step. It is about devoting a small amount of time to focus on being creative and getting out of our heads and into our selves. It’s about creating another dimension to our experience of the everyday.
Artwork from FYA artists is currently hanging at Coffee Tea & Me on Main Street in Melrose
To learn more about Art Therapy, click here.