Find Pleasure: Art making should be enjoyable. There is no such thing as a “wrong” mark. Every expression is valid.
Experience Control: Art making is an activity in which the artist can experience choice (through color, medium, line, etc.) and control over one’s environment.
Value Individuality: Free creation can encourage spontaneity which can, in turn, improve confidence.
Express Oneself: An experience of slowed speech or flat affect can limit one’s ability to communicate. Art is another language for communication which can be done at the artist’s own pace.
Relax: Art making has been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce perseverative thoughts, and lift depression.
Improve Flow in Mind/Body Connection: In a relaxed state when focus is on the artistic expression rather than on the physical movement itself, motion can become more fluid.
Promote Concentration, Memory, Executive Functions, Improve Hand-eye Coordination: Art making increases bilateral activity in the brain. When drawing, one uses both the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This is a wonderful way to take greater advantage of mental resources.