Art Therapy in Collaboration with Gowry Art Institute

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About Course

The word therapy scares some people, so let us be clear about what this course is about. It is about using art as a medium to explore the various aspects of your personality. It is about getting to know yourself, finding out what motivates you, what you like and dislike, what you feel is right and wrong. We are often afraid of accepting to ourselves what we want and don’t want. We fear falling short of social expectations, childhood values, or goal posts we set for ourselves, and because of this fear, we pretend we suppress or repress what we feel. Suppressed feelings can be the cause of much stress, anxiety, behavioral problems, and even physical health issues. This course will teach you how to explore your feeling, the ones you are aware of, and the ones you are hiding from using art medium. It will help you integrate suppressed feelings into your conscious mind and achieve a greater level of peace and contentment in your daily life.

Additionally know that the course is not just for artistic people. You will be free to use any medium you are comfortable with ranging from painting, sculpting, to story writing, speech writing, poetry, drama, dance, etc.
Gowry Art Institute

CHSR’s partner in this program is the Gowry Art Institute located in picturesque Kalar right by the river. Gowry was founded and is run by Sajitha Shankar an artist of international renown. Her paintings are featured in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore; the National Gallery of Modern Art; the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the ArtsLalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Her preferred medium is charcoal and acrylic on paper. Her most recent installation is titled Tantric Yoni, a painting made out of turmeric, vermilion powder, rice powder, and burnt husk of paddy. The painting was created for the 2013 One Billion Rising campaign in Kochi. To know more about her, you can check out her Wikipedia page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sajitha_R._Shankar.

Course Locations

You can attend the course either at Gowry residency Kalar or CHSR Vellayini Happiness Centre. However CHSR Vellayini Happiness Centre is currently undergoing maintenance work and hence will not be open till Jun.

CHSR Vellayini Happiness Centre

—– Available from June 2021 —–

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What Will You Learn?

  • Improving awareness of body, emotions, thought patterns, attitudes, and beliefs using sensory modalities through different art media.
  • Recovering memories that need to be addressed and reframed to solve emotional issues or trauma.
  • Achieving an emotional catharsis and building a healthy relaxation habit through creative expression using art media.
  • Cultivating a healthy bond with oneself through safe and exploratory means.
  • Improve self-trust and confidence through accomplishing artistic tasks.
  • Improve physical well-being as a result of stress and emotional management.

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