This week I would like to introduce you to some creative pathways to your very own happiness! At Wild at Art we know that making art makes YOU feel good and helps you to build and reinforce your Happy Habits! If you are a practicing art maker you will have already experienced your Happy Hormones being triggered in a few ways as you make and create !
Here’s a short neurobiological guide to your body and your art :
The joy of anticipation! That wonderful “ feel-good hormone ” dopamine surges in anticipation before you actually start your hands on art making, your brain and body know that you are about to experience a reward trigger, this can help you to concentrate and to maintain motivation as you focus on your art making just by signing up to a workshops at WAA you can start to feel good!
At the same time when we actually engage in hands on activities, there are specific parts of the brain that are affected and this is thought to increase the chemical messenger serotonin that acts as our mood stabilizer. That in turn helps with the stress hormone, cortisol, which as we already know, is public health enemy number one !
I chatted a few weeks ago about ways that elevated cortisol levels interfere with learning and memory, as well lowering our immune function, it can elevate blood pressure and can lead to heart disease... But guess what ? Art making can actually reduce our cortisol levels as we engage in self-regulating activities such as doodling, drawing, making mandalas and other kinds of art making that takes us to what we call a FLOW state !
Last of all our cuddle hormone oxytocin is triggered when we are in a ‘herd’ and trust is formed, so come and join the Wild at Art ‘herd’ and enjoy your oxytocin boost and your endorphin rush as you laugh, chat and make friends in a community and atmosphere of fun and creativity !
So you see there are many reasons to come and enjoy our Feel Good Arty Saturday workshops each month………….they are very very good for your health !
Why not come and sign up for the marvellous Geli Plate printing workshops with Jules white on the 12th October.
Its a half day workshop and it will give you a fabulous flavour of the play and experimentation inherent in printmaking, the what ifs and "I wonders" of making art ! This workshop is a fun way to make images and if you are an Art Journaler then you can make backgrounds for your journal pages as well.
As Jules says :
Gelli printing takes mixed media art to the next level. creating your own one-off and unique work. You will be layering colours and including multiple textures. There is not a right or wrong way to create these works, and I will guide you through the process. Let your imagination run wild, and come and explore the fabulous art of Gelli printing.
Saturday 12th October
$400 per person inc all materials
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Jules is the Elementary Art Teacher at Carmel International School, she has also taught in Shanghai and Bangkok, her classroom is fabulous and her approach is accessible to everyone no matter what your starting point ! Do come and join us for this Feel Good Saturday !