Primary school art teacher promotes art therapy techniques to diagnose stress
video By Joanne Leow,
SINGAPORE: Many feel that art is good for the soul – but what about for stress?
One primary school teacher feels, there could be more structured ways
in the school system here to tap into art therapy techniques to help
stressed out students.
“Through the art making process, the children actually reveal their
problems or emotional conflicts through art unconsciously, that is why
I think this is ideal. We want to know what is actually inside them,
the inner child inside them, unconsciously, rather than we actually
confront them directly,” said Teffany Chia, a teacher at Yio Chu Kang
Teffany says it would take a trained practitioner to diagnose their mental state from their art.
What she hopes to see is trained counsellors pairing up with art teachers to practise drawing techniques with the children.
Another technique called “blind contour drawing” where the kids
trace the outline of an object without looking at the paper could also
be used to aid students.
“The pupil has to focus on the line while they are tracing out the
subject, while they are doing that, it’s a conscious effort to train
them to forget all other distractions. This is quite good for them to
go through it and search for themselves, what is happening in the world
inside them, just to create awareness,” said Teffany.
Teffany recently received a post graduate degree in Arts Education and learnt about these techniques in the UK.
Teffany says she hopes to see a move beyond just art production in
primary schools to an approach that includes a therapeutic aspect.
But until then – it looks like these kids are just having fun making art. –
Source: CNA /dt