Thailand Painting Holidays

paint on the banks of the Mekong River

A wonderful combination of painting tuition and Thai culture in a small guest house on the banks of the Mekong River at Phon Phisai in NE Thailand.  During the dry cool months of October to January each year the guesthouse provides a combination of painting tuition and Thai rural culture experience to 4 guests each week.

The visits are individually tailored to provide the level of tuition and Thai experience that each visitor seeks.  This website contains details of the tuition, experiences and facilities together with prices and booking facilities. 

 

Creating art reduces stress even if you are not good at it

From http://www.lifehacker.com.au

Making Art Can Reduce Stress, Regardless Of Skill Level

PATRICK ALLAN

YESTERDAY 8:00 PM

Creating art has always been considered therapeutic, yet many people avoid the activity because they lack artistic skills. According to a recent study, however, your artistic ability doesn’t matter when it comes to reaping the benefits. Art can help you de-stress even if you’ve never touched a paint brush.

Photo by RCabinilla.

The study, led by Girija Kaimal, EdD, and published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, suggests that the process of making art, good or bad, is enough to significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body. Participants in the study were given textas, paper, modelling clay and collage materials, then asked to create any art of their choice for 45 minutes. The researchers found that 75 per cent of the participants’ cortisol levels lowered significantly. Better yet, there was no correlation between past artistic skill development and lower cortisol levels. Most of the people that made art felt a lot less stressed, regardless of their past experience or skill level. So if you’re having a stressful week, sit down and make something. It doesn’t matter if it’s good, and nobody has to ever see it.

Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making [Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association via DrexelNOW]