Create | to express your unique self
Participation in creative activities or community arts projects can in itself embrace all aspects of the ‘Ways to Wellbeing’. People often form close relationships by engaging with one another in a creative task. It’s a great way to ‘connect’.
Art and craft activities need not be sedentary, being physically active does sometimes apply to art and craft making activities. A number of our creative activities require participants to walk the landscape to collect found objects or seek out natural materials, or to capture nature images, therefore providing a means to ‘exercise’.
Photo – NatureFun – Linking our industrial heritage of pottery making to our nature inspired artwork, by leaf imprinting into clay
Creating art pieces also encourages people to reflect on their world and their own experiences within it and therefore to ‘notice’. As they do this they develop new skills and can discover new things from their creative endeavours and in this way they ‘learn’. Of course producing art is also a powerful means of communication as well as a form of self-expression. Participation in art activities can build both self-esteem and empathy (‘give’) and can be a means to express our appreciation and concern for our planet – a way of showing that we ‘care’.
We’re developing a whole range of creative NatureFun art activities which aim to support wellbeing, including digital resource formats. Outdoor activities such as therapeutic photography (nature photography), letterboxing (creative treasure hunt orienteering), and landscape art (making art pieces in the landscape using natural materials and found objects) to name a few. Also indoor activities, especially for when the weather’s not so good – activities such as pottery making, nature printing and wildlife habitat making (where nature themed decoration is often incorporated into the design). Wherever possible we also try to recycle or up-cycle materials into our creative work.
We can also incorporate some creative activities as part of team building events.
Thanks to Potclays Limited for sponsoring this Way to Wellbeing, and helping our artists and participants to ‘Create’.