by Mrs Kat Moore, Head of Tas and Creative Arts & School Counsellor
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.”
The act of creating is far more than just producing an aesthetically pleasing image for others to view on a gallery wall; artmaking can be inspiring, healing and calming. In fact, many studies have made the connection between well-being and artmaking. Some of these benefits include:
• Art distracted thoughts of illness
• Improved well–being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones
• Art trends toward reduced depression
• Reductions in stress and anxiety; increases in positive emotions
• Reductions in distress and negative emotions
• Improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, and social networks
For these reasons and more, Mrs Towse and I have opened up a lunch time Art Club for students to access a space to create. Here, they will also be using many dispositions as artmaking can often be challenging. Tapping into their planning, perseverance and imagining will have a flow on effect into their other subjects as they can grow these strengths in a safe collaborative environment.
Further to this, the potential for Art Club to enrich the collaborative elements already within SGS is already evident. Exciting projects such as the Grammar Grind weekly board, murals, SGS fete decorations, signs for Grandparents Day and the Young Archie competition are just a few. A number of whole school creative projects have been presented to us, so watch this space!
Monday – Secondary Art Club
Tuesday – Primary Art Club
Wednesday – Secondary Art Club
Thursday – Senior Art Club
Friday – Senior Art Club