Art Affects, LLC provides groups and individuals the opportunity to benefit from discussion based art workshops designed to promote healthy personal development.

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January 2019

The Science of Art Therapy in Healing from Childhood Trauma in Recovery

While all trauma can have a profound effect on the survivor, trauma that occurs during childhood has been shown to cause a myriad of negative consequences that can last throughout ones lifetime.  This is because trauma that occurs during development actually alters the way the individual is built on a physiological level.  Many people do not realize that the link between childhood trauma and addiction is stronger than the link between obesity and diabetes.  Survivors of childhood trauma are more likely to develop substance related disorders and are less likely to have positive outcomes of addiction treatment and one reason for this trend may be the altered stress response

 

 

On January 24th, 2019 Art Therapist and Art Affects' founder, Catherine Rich, presented her research regarding the benefits of Art Therapy in healing from childhood trauma within recovery to an audience at the Frank Gallery, Pembroke Pines.

 

 

Her research, conducted over the past year, utilized stress biomarkers, cortisol, alpha-amylase, and heart rate variability to measure the stress reduction benefits of art making.  In her presentation, Catherine presented Art Therapy in the context of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.  Catherine examined Art Therapy's unique ability to assist survivors in healing trauma on a neurobiological level through engagement of senses, affect, and cognition, moving them through the NMT and supporting more successful outcomes in recovery.  


October 2018

 

 

 

 

Art Affects and Urban Youth Impact family night.

 

Art Affects was featured in this month's Urban Youth Impact newsletter. 

 

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September 2018

 

 

 

 

Art Affects, LLC is celebrating its sixth anniversary

 

Founded in September 2012, Art Affects has been utilizing guided artistic expression to benefit the wellness of its clients every day!  

June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Affects' Expressive Arts Facilitator, Jessica Aloise MSW RCSWI, shares her passion for what we do at the Behavioral Network and Resources EMP Conference.  

February 2018

2018 Partnership with VSA and Citrus Grove

In partnership with VSA, the state organization on arts and disabilities, students of Citrus Grove Elementary are busy creating beautiful works of art and preparing for this year's art exhibit at the Elliot museum!  Dates to be announced.  

Posted from Urban Youth Impact's Facebook Page 

We are so thankful for our partnership with Art Affects, LLC in Jupiter, Florida. They have provided just what they stand for, a healthy outlet for expressing ourselves and our emotions through art which helps us develop as young people.

In this particular class we created hands while discussing the positive aspects of our lives, and how we can use our own hands to better our community. What are you doing with your hands to build up your community?

Photo credits go to Robyn Barkley of Robyn Barkley Photography of South Florida and her photography students!

Best Buddies, Jupiter Middle School

Art Affects partnered with Mrs. Capparelli's class at Jupiter Middle School to create a one of a kind picnic table to brighten the school courtyard and to be enjoyed by all.  Artwork created by Mrs. Capparelli's students during Art Affects workshops was displayed for the annual Best Buddies Charity Dinner held on March 1st.  Best Buddies is an organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Learning New Skills in Retirement- Seascape Paintings

Personification of Anger- Emotional Regulation in Recovery

Digory the Donkey painted for Tomorrow's Rainbow by Art Affects owner Catherine Rich

 

Tomorrow's Rainbow is a special place for children that have experienced the death of a loved one. By incorporating miniature horse interactions with therapeutic play areas and facilitated peer support, children are given the tools necessary to take their own personal grief journey in a way that is meaningful to them.

 

Tomorrow's Rainbow Website

Sand Casting and Wire Wrapping Beach Workshop

Relapse Prevention- Barriers in Recovery

Visual Arts for Individuals with Visual Impairments

Art Affects partnered with VSA and Lighthouse for the Blind of Palm Beaches to provide visual arts workshops to individuals with visual impairments.  The program lasted four weeks and included a variety of modalities all highlighting these young artists amazing abilities.

 

VSA- Palm Beach County

Lighthouse 

 

 

Our Stories 

 

A living art piece in which clients contribute wisdom, thoughts, and stories to inspire others in recovery.

Change Your Frame of Reference

It's Written on My Face- Clay Sculpting

Overcoming Barriers

Art Table Renovation

Our old wooden art tables had seen better days and needed a lot of tlc.

We used the tables as a metaphor for the addict. The trials and tribulations that we all face through life's journey as well as addiction itself often leave us bruised and battered, tattered and torn, and in a sense like our old art tables. During recovery we must tear away the layers and address the issues beneath. Only by doing so will we be able to rebuild. And hopefully, like our tables, we will come out better off for the journey we have taken.

 

Reprogramming Habitual Patterns

Concentric Circles

A Hundred Ripples

Drop a stone into the water

In a moment it is gone

But there are a hundred ripples

Circling on and on and on.

Say an unkind word this moment'

In a moment it is gone

But there are a hundred ripples

Circling on and on and on.

Say a word of cheer and splendor-

In a moment it is gone

But there are a hundred ripples.

Circling on and on and on.


-Author Unknown

Eye to Eye

The eyes have long been viewed as the windows to the soul.  Throughout the world and across both time and culture humans have shared this idea.  The eyes are able to convey so much about a person - hurt, happiness, worry, wisdom...


During this workshop the participants attempt to capture the message within each of our souls through a depiction of our eyes.  


Our pasts 

Our struggles

Our triumphs

Our characters 

And our messages


What can you see in our eyes?


What if people could see the world as you do?

What if they could see through your eyes?


Landscape Painting- Alzheimers and Dementia

Members of the Sunshine Club at New Day learned watercolor landscape painting techniques and created these beautiful pieces.

 

New Day Adult Care Center offers seniors a safe, supervised, home-like environment with wellness activities, intergenerational programming, personal care, excellent nutrition, and medical supervision. Participants attend New Day during the day and return to their home and loved ones in the evening.

 

 

Art Affects founder with a client of New Day: Adult Care Center
Art Fun at New Day!

Jewelry Workshops

Jewelry making is not only a very useful skill, but participants gain pride and self-worth while creating beautiful and useful works of art. Clients often joke about the "work orders" they receive from family and friends after they are seen wearing their elegant, hand-made pieces.

 

For clients who struggle with fine motor skills or arthritis, it can also be a useful tool in building range of motion and strength.

 

Groups work around a single table, sharing stories, ideas, assisting and supporting one another, and enjoying a strengthened sense of community.

Mandalas

During this workshop, clients employed the use of Mandalas, a form of eastern meditation and art, to create representation of their selves and their individual universe.

 

Watercolor Flower Greeting Cards

In My Hands

 

We all hold remarkable power in our minds and bodies and our hands are the tools that we use to make wonderful changes in our world and community.

 

This workshop allowed the clients of New Day Adult Care Center to described the different things that their hands have done.

 

We discussed and shared stories about our memories including; What have our hands held? A baby? Another’s hand? A diploma? A tool? A wedding ring? What have our hands created? A family? A meal? A piece of art? What have our hands built? A home? A business?

 

Participants traced and decorated their hands to represent their individual accomplishments and the power they each possess.

 

The individual's hands were put together on a community tree to represent the power we have to influence and contribute to our community.In My Hands

 

We all hold remarkable power in our minds and bodies and our hands are the tools that we use to make wonderful changes in our world and community.

 

This workshop allowed the clients of New Day Adult Care Center to described the different things that their hands have done.

 

We discussed and shared stories about our memories including; What have our hands held? A baby? Another’s hand? A diploma? A tool? A wedding ring? What have our hands created? A family? A meal? A piece of art? What have our hands built? A home? A business?

 

Participants traced and decorated their hands to represent their individual accomplishments and the power they each possess.

 

The individual's hands were put together on a community tree to represent the power we have to influence and contribute to our community.

 

I Remember Better When I Paint

 

Check out this short film describing the benefits of art and creativity on individuals with alzheimers and memory loss.