Get ready to HIGHLIGHT!

It all started with a simple question – “How therapeutic is art?”

I read an article published on Aug 22 on that explained that “play therapy and art therapy encourage youngsters to express and control traumatic experiences through these activities.” Despite being used throughout USA, the effectiveness of these therapy forms could not be determined by the therapists.

These 4 words – “How therapeutic is art?” – sparked off the popping up of 13+ windows on my screen as I searched about art therapy. The more I thought about the question, the more sub-questions and headings formed.

Art therapy for kids? for prisoners? How useful is it? Is it really changing lives? If I drew something, would the therapist be able to tell me details like what’s bothering me? How does one become an art therapist? Is there a market for art therapy in Singapore? Would parents spend to send their kids to art therapy? How long must one go for therapy? 6-8 months? A year? What happens during a session? Can I draw anything? Anything – really?

ArtZine‘s aim is simple.
We want to provoke ideas and discussions through our news-inspired or thematic content.

Questions are most welcomed here. Got a burning art question? Ask it here.

As for all the above questions, we’ll definitely get them answered in our new section called…

A fitting name for the section. Highlight to us a topic you’d like to know more about, issues you feel should be discussed or even simply questions that came to mind while you were in the train/car.

In fact, we’ve found a quick and easy way for you to Highlight to us anything you’ve come across on the Web.

Highlighted, marked and proven by Preetam Rai (oh we’re loving the puns), The Awesome Highlighter is the way to go if you want to send ArtZine a quick note with a link to the text on a webpage that you’d like to highlight. True to its name – it is really awesome. Take a look –

1) Go to Awesome

2) Enter the URL of the page you want to highlight.

3) The website will show up below the Highlighting panel so use your mouse to highlight text that you want to share with us.

4) After highlighting, attach a quick note to us too! Here’s how:

Remember to leave us your full name and your email address/website so that we can credit the idea to you!

5) Click done and you will be given a URL. This will allow us to view what you’ve highlighted.

Copy-paste the link and Drop it to us under Comments.

While we answer your burning questions, you can view other readers’ HIGHLIGHTS and add comments!

Encourage your friends to join in by sending them this image –

Link them to this article so that they’ll know how to get started.