Therapy through ArtTherapy Through Art

“Therapy through Art.” Visual and performing arts have a valuable part to play in assisting members of the impaired community, in helping to explore and reach their potential.

* Expression through the Visual Media.
* Allowing expression other than verbal expression.
* Uncovering those hard to express feelings, through the manipulation of plastic media. i.e. Charcoal, Pastels, Acrylic, and Water colour paint.

As a visual artist of some 50 years and a member of the helping professions for over 30 years, I have combined my artistic skills and my counselling skills to provide a program of intervention directed at improving the quality of life for the impaired individual.

Therapeutic Art is available to survivors of Acquired Brain Injury, the Mentally and Physically challenged persons. Therapeutic Art can be given one on one, in the home or Roberts studio at “Art Experience” in Bobcaygeon.

Robert will gladly teach Art for Therapy to your residential group; this is an ideal opportunity to learn, as many people and bodies surrounding the medical industry from artists to Aviva (who you can find more on at aviva.co.uk) are accepting and trying new ways of therapy and assisting people with the issues they face in life.

Areas of concentration:

  1. Memory & Learning - Identification of colours, colour relationships. Harmony, contrast, warm-cold. Composition, expression.

  2. Attention and Concentration - Ability to focus on given task. Ability to sustain interest. Ability to follow through on given exercises.

  3. Fine Motor Skills - Ability to manipulate plastic mediums. Mixing and application of medium.

  4. Executive Functions - To function procedurally when stimulated through the use of form and colour. To increase speed of performance through sequence drawing. Work to reduce perseveration.

  5. Emotional Functioning - To stimulate insight into emotional state, fear, guilt, anger, depression etc. To facilitate expression of the various emotional difficulties. To help resolve conflicts and belay fear, by expressive visual interpretation of these problem areas.

  6. General Coping & Adjustment - To create visual images that help with overcoming fatigue, lack of energy and irritability. To assist in reaching a steady State. A state of self worth.

  7. Interpersonal Relations - To create visual images relating to family, friends and associates. How one sees ones self in respect to others. Dealing with loss of ability or incentive to mix with other people in a meaningful way. Loss of status.

Therapy program at Robert Milner's StudioOutline of Therapy Program

  1. Initial Interview - One on one with client. Assessment of abilities and or willingness to proceed to a series of hourly sessions.

  2. Hourly Sessions - Explore different mediums and level of comfort in expressing self in visual imagery. Discussion of materials, subject matter and direction for development. Weekly initially. Decreased to bi-weekly on individual sessions.

  3. Join Group Activity Weekly - Group projects, sharing and caring. Expression of concern for self and others. Explore visual images that identify areas of individuality and areas of commonality.

    Note: Visual “Art as a Therapy” can bring about deep meaningful change. Expression in none verbal form, can be less threatening, less anxiety provoking and heighten communication.

For further details please contact Robert Milner at:

By Email: keelr@bellaliant.net
By Mail: Art Experience
P.O. Box 842
Kensington, P.E.I.
Canada, C0B 1M0
Tel: (902) 836 5669