What is ArtSense?

What is ArtSense?

…………...ArtSense embraces the Expressive Arts philosophy of creating art to escape the tyranny of our thoughts and “stories” and engage the forgotten and suppressed wisdom of our bodies and senses. The foundation of Expressive Arts is a sensory experience.  It is through our senses of hearing, sight, touch, movement, taste and smell that we experience the world.  The process of Expressive Arts allows us to explore the immediacy of our physical world through reawakening and enhancing our senses while creating in all the art forms.

…………………………..ArtSense offers an artful way of enlivening our senses.  Through creating in the arts our bodily senses are engaged.  Memories, feelings, thoughts begin to emerge while painting, dancing, writing a poem or playing music. Through art making we discover new aspects of ourselves to hold our burdens, our joys, our sorrows.   More importantly, our art becomes a resource that brings us support, strength and courage to see new perspectives in our lives and, if needed, to take the “road less traveled.”

………………………………………….ArtSense addresses the art wounds many have experienced in their lives and therefore hesitant to creating art. You may have been told you didn’t have talent to create, that you cannot draw, or play music.  But since the beginning of time art making has been an indigenous process for all humans. We have created paintings, music, and dance in response to birth, marriage, death, harvest, and war. Unfortunately in today’s world art making has become exclusive to only those who are “judged” as “talented” and “creative.” Creating art is for all to enjoy and experience at any age.  To experience ArtSense you only have to  show up and allow yourself to create.   No prior experience in the arts is needed.

……………………………………………………….ArtSense gives us the opportunity to pay attention to what we are feeling as we dance to our inner music.  The slant of the pen, the sweep of the brush, the swirl of our bodies lead us into and through the unknown, the forgotten, the unacknowledged, or to the sense of delight and wonder and even the answers to the questions that may reveal our truth.

…………………………………………………………………….ArtSense offers a canvas, a blank sheet of art paper; space to create a song, poem, music, or a dance.  ArtSense reminds us we are creating our lives every moment with what’s at hand.  And ultimately, our creative experiences hold the power to lead us to discover what can hold and nourish us in a world that often moves too fast for us to even remember to take a breath.

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By Anita Carter

Watercolor on paper

“Make each moment of your life a work of art.”