Healthcare Patients Benefit from Art: Art is 4 Every1 Fills the Need.

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Research indicates that weekly painting classes affect positive changes in healthcare patients. The Art is 4 Every 1 painting program affords patients of all ages and abilities the opportunity to paint and delivers the health benefits that those recent studies reveal.

Elaine Griffith

Elaine Griffith, Founder of Art is 4 Every1

The major issue right now is getting more qualified art instructors into healthcare facilities. I have new facilities calling me every week greatly increasing the demand for classes.

Art is 4 Every1 teaches artists to foster confidence, boost self-esteem and nurture artistic creativity in others through painting. The recent initiation of this program in healthcare institutions has had extensive and positive ramifications.

Elaine Griffith, founder of the Art is 4 Every1 program, teaches acrylic painting in a variety of healthcare institutions. Facility employees remark at the distinct changes in her students, suggesting that even professionals are coming to understand and appreciate the benefits of art in healthcare.

Scott Hatfield concludes in Advance for Nurses magazine,”...art therapy is impacting physical, mental and emotional recovery, including anxiety and decreasing the perception of pain.”

The positive feedback does not come as a surprise. Griffith recalls one particular patient who seldom left her room prior to class enrollment. When classes began the student changed all at once and insisted upon attending every session. Other patients who complained about the pain of routine stretch exercises painted their expansive canvases without any hesitation at all.

Weekly painting classes promise diverse benefits. The State of the Field Report: Arts in Healthcare, 2009 informs us that, “New evidence is emerging that demonstrates that these programs also have an economic benefit. Data shows that such programs result in patients requiring shorter hospital stays, less medication and having fewer complications- all of which translates to a reduction in healthcare costs.” When students display their finished works proudly to friends, family, and residents alike, their elation is unmistakable. The improvement in attitude that the program encourages has a profound healing ability, and that restorative capacity is reducing healthcare expenses.

Griffith designed her unique acrylic painting method to help nursing home residents generate impressive paintings with ease. However, her technique can be modified to teach students of any age or ability. Any group receiving instruction is sure to benefit by it. Though it requires additional effort and creativity, Griffith enjoys working with the severely challenged students of chronic care facilities. Frequently these patients do not want to try the class and must be convinced; they are afraid that the discomfort and difficulty of painting will nullify any benefit. Many of these individuals are paraplegic and would have to grapple with intense muscle pain during class. Others are quadriplegic and would face the inconvenience of holding a brush in their mouth. Each and every student eventually perseveres, and the confidence renewal that students experience improves their quality of life.

This unique painting class allows healthcare patients to have noticeable success with their first painting. With repetition they learn the technique, deepen their comfort level, and find their own style. “The major issue right now is getting more qualified art instructors into healthcare facilities,” says Griffith. She admits, “I have new facilities calling me every week greatly increasing the demand for classes.”Art is 4 Every1 training seminars, which prepare other artists to teach using her novel method, are now in session.

About Art is 4 Every1

Art is 4 Every1, an educational program for visual artists, trains artists as instructors of a unique acrylic painting method. The instruction they receive will prepare them to help students of all capabilities produce impressive paintings with ease. The Art is 4 Every1 method is time proven and has been refined since introduction in 1985.

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