art therapy classes and education

Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Art connects us to both our world and our selves. In the studio, classroom, group, or therapeutic setting, making art connects the tiny “I’m me” of your conscious mind to the powerful, unseen space inside of the unconscious. As our life experience broadens, our understanding deepens through metaphor, the language of art, either as images that enter our conscious mind or manifest in our behavior and interaction with the outside world. We live in a visual society. Imagery is everywhere. Writer William Gibson describes living everyday life as “hacking the visual codes around us to navigate and negotiate meaning.”

Art Therapy

You can use art therapy to expand your self-awareness in general, or to focus on and reconcile emotional conflicts that are blocking your way to peace and happiness.

Art Classes

Explore your inner self through art. Gain insight and personal tools to create an authentic life – Art Classes are available for Toddlers, Children & Adults in the Charleston Area.

Art Education for Children

It’s never too young to start art-in fact, it’s an important part of a child’s growth and understanding of the world around them. We have classes for toddlers to teens.

Art Education for Adults

As the understanding of life deepens with maturity, art provides the means and metaphors to reveal and explore life issues. Open doors you never thought possible.

Our Location

We have students from all over the Charleston area and beyond. Art Connects Us is located at 409 Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Call today to enroll! 843-884-9479

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Sense of accomplishment and self-worth.

The experience of finishing an art project is special. It makes you feel good. Endorphins are released that interact with receptors of the brain that trigger a positive, or even euphoric feeling in the body similar to “runner’s high.”

Endorphins act as analgesics, the perception of pain, and sedatives, providing feelings of calm and well-being. Unlike drugs, however, the activation of these various receptors by the body’s endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.

Reducing stress.  

Studies have shown that the simple action of coloring a pre-made mandala, a universal symbol present in all cultures and religions, reduces your blood pressure, slows the heart and breath rate and promotes an overall sense is of well being.

Being an artist makes you far more aware of the world.  

Create art, and you see the world differently in deeper, more exciting ways. De-familiarize your life by learning to see, then experience your sense of wonder reawakened. Re-energized senses will reveal colors, shapes, and values you forgot, or never knew never existed.

Creating art stimulates the imagination.

Hit the gym and you create a stronger, more flexible body. Challenge your mind with the right workout, and you get a more powerful, flexible imagination.

Combine that with the disciplined focus practice will create, and you’ll be able to do just about anything you can imagine. Now, who doesn’t need that in their life?

Creating art develops your problem-solving habits.

You don’t think that great imagination you’re creating is just for making art, do you? It’s going to get to work on all the other problems in your life. See what happens when you stimulate your brain to think creatively and push past those old boundaries you thought were real. Just remember, get out of your own way!

Cognitive abilities and memory are improved by making art, even for people with serious brain conditions.  

Physician Arnold Bresky created “The Brain Tune Up” program using art therapy to help his patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s. He believes that creating art helps connect the left and right hemispheres of the brain and stimulates the growth of new brain cells. He claims a 70% success rate improving his patient’s memory with this art-oriented program.

Boredom creates a lot of problems.

It’s hard enough tolerating a six year old whining about “being bored,” but an adult? Grab a pencil and we promise you will never be bored again. That pencil will be your Compass guiding you through territory you never knew existed. Train your child to love that pencil, and the world will be her oyster, brimming with pearls.

Creative skills are coping skills, and part of the toolkit that will turn children into healthy adults able to grapple with life’s problems and avoid the pitfalls of alcohol, drugs or lack of direction and drive that ruins so many lives.

Art stimulates a love of creativity and learning.

Making art creates in us a willingness to take risks, learn from our errors, and be open to different outcomes. It opens possibilities for exploring what did not exist to us before and to be passionately curious about learning more.

Art connects us to ourselves and our communities & helps us belong!

No matter what language, nationality, religion, or socio-economic background, we are all connected through artistic imagery. It helps us feel less isolated.

Art develops the entire brain.

It increases attention by developing focus, improves eye-hand coordination and stimulates the practice of strategic thinking. Art invites participation with the physical world through different media and the skills required to master their methods.

Art is the life long practice that keeps you present so you can prepare for the future.

Creative people are more open-minded and enjoy a better quality of life. They have better everyday living skills and contribute more to their communities and the world.

Art expresses emotion and provides insight.

Art speaks when our conscious mind can’t. Through art, our unconscious mind communicates feelings or knowledge we cannot articulate through language. Conflict can be revealed and resolved through the language of metaphor.

It helps you appreciate beauty and brings you closer to God.

Beauty helps you stay in the moment and to realize what is really important.

Art is human history.

From the beginning of time, culture has recorded its history through art. Though art is a reflection of our times and environment, it can influence our future.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso