There are many jobs in or to do with the arts. But a job in particular that I’ve been interested in for awhile has been art therapy. This is a career in which I have always been interested . as much as I do enjoy the practice of art I also love to help others and to try and understand them more and there’s no better way of doing so with using a tool in which I am already so Fond .I hope to work my through the NHS until one day hopefully I can proudly own my own private practice in which I can work out of to help patients. Art therapy just like any other therapy is very important for a lot of people of all ages but is often very underfunded. Most especially the art therapy most people I have not even heard of the term before. The term Art therapy came about in 1942 by a British artist by the name of Adrian Hill who saw the benefits it had on certain patients. Art therapy helps people look within and explore yourself and how your emotions work, it can also change your mood ,the way you feel and can help boost your self esteem. I have always seen art as a universal language one that anyone can learn and understand which comes in handy with the patients that may not be able to talk or maybe don’t have to confidence to. Art helps you understand them and and see how their brain reacts to certain colours or activities. Some art therapy exercises include: painting/drawing emotions creating an emotion wheel putting together a journal creating sculptures etc
In order to become an art therapist you will first need a degree in the arts and then once completed you will then have to complete a further 2 years in an specific art therapy course to then sign up with HCPC(Health and Care Professions Council) you will then become a certified art therapist. Am art therapist practicing in the uk can earn around 31-37k as a base salary the more experienced you are the more you earn if you become a senior or a principle you could earn up to 45-51k.