The Benefits of Art
by Amy Manzinas
“You never know when someone’s world can be on a piece of paper”, says Ms. Cabrera-Rodgers; South Gate High School’s Psychiatric Social Worker for 22 years. As most of us know, words are not the only medium and communication piece that we can use, since there are different forms of art which you can choose from. However what many don’t know is that art can impact your ability to heal yourself. We’re not only talking about painting and tangible art, but also art from the visual, auditory, and literary areas. It can all be used for self-care and to release stress.
One of the exercises Ms. Cabrera-Rodgers uses, making collages, can be a powerful form that can revive memories to help you accept and know yourself a bit better. Indicators including proportions and colors, and how fast you get into the activity can help discover the feelings incorporated into the art. For that very reason, we recommend recurring to your favorite form of art whenever you have mixed feelings. “Basically, art is another you. What you create and make is part of you.” – Ms. Cabrera-Rodgers.