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The creative process of art-making can help improve mental, emotional and physical well-being. The process involved in artistic expression is effective in managing feelings and behaviors, and can also help to reduce stress, improve self-esteem and awareness. Engaging in expressive arts can help people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living, as well as people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.
Those experiencing expressive arts are removed from the constraints of the cerebral, verbal and judgmental, instead taking comfort and understanding from the here-and-now realm of imagination and intuition. For many children, workshops are the largest scale experiential art spaces they will have ever encountered. Through shared activities, children feel empowered, able and ready to grow into happy and centered young adults.
Jockey Club Expressive Arts Programme for Children
In 2013, The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) launched Make It Better (MIB), an initiative that supports children from low-income backgrounds and with special educational needs (SEN) in Hong Kong. MIB works in local schools and community centres to offer children a programme of expressive arts workshops, designed to build self-esteem, confidence, self-awareness and interpersonal skills.
The team has prepared some interesting art activities, storybooks, videos and comics for you to explore and enjoy when at home.
Get comfortable and enjoy Storytime with this collection of colourful books. Meet a host of friendly characters and enter new and colourful worlds. Each book has an accompanying worksheet so you can carry on the fun.