How Art Helps Us Think
Art-making requires that we use our imaginative capacities to create form. In this way we refine our perception as we develop concepts and skills through visual art. And so we can come up with ideas, cultivate our thoughts, express our individuality, and access and share our emotional lives. This is something human beings have been doing for a very long time...
A Bit About Me
Catherine Wells, B.F.A., M.A. is an art educator, art therapist, and artist, director of the Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School, and a professional member of the Association des art-thérapeutes du Québec. She has worked in the art, medical, educational, community and corporate milieus with individuals and groups of all ages. Presently she works as an art teacher at the art school, and is the art therapist at Chez Doris. She also has a private art therapy practice and works as a painter.
I am trying to choose what I paint so that it reverberates somehow with some interior feeling - attraction, nostalgia, curiosity, or maybe even something I cannot name. Sometimes it's just the colour...
My way of teaching is geared towards promoting personal and artistic growth through the development of drawing and painting techniques in an atmosphere conducive to the creative process of self-expression.
Art therapy can relieve stress and provide insight into the complexities of our personal lives and relationships. Self-expression and communication occur through the making of art as thoughts, ideas and emotions are expressed in a different way. No art skills are necessary.