Art, a safe, fun, relaxing activity after divorce.
Art is a meditative, conscious, healing experience where an artists at any level can create a beautiful scrapbook of their memories.
Creating art is truly an adventure because it causes you to search out new places, ideas, and people, which is exactly what new Divorcee's want. This process of "re-discovering yourself" and creating a new identity outside of your spouse is important. It can be a very powerful, and uplifting experience that can take you to new heights. The process of divorce can be very hard when juggling mixed emotions, and sometimes you feel like you just want to be by yourself or an unfamiliar place where there is no reminders.
This is what is so great about art, is it is a very introspective activity that can be done alone in the privacy of you own home or with a small group of people. As art classes attracts people who are looking to learn new things and make new friends, it can be a very positive environment for a new divorcee. Taking an art class or to is a great start as it helps to have a mentor/ coach/ teacher to help you set a new foundation to grow your hobby into whatever you want it to be.
Whether you are just wanting to try a class or two to see if art is for you, or make it a permanent activity you do once or twice a week, art has the potential to be a positive outlet that can provide relaxation and peace to your new life. Art is an exciting adventure. Every time you learn a new technique, or master an old one it builds your confidence. Creating art is not about making something "perfect" for anyone else,It is about making something that makes YOU feel good. Having an outlet to express yourself safely on a down day can be very uplifting.
Kids struggle with divorce just as much as adults do at any age. Kids who do not have a safe place to express their emotions constructively often have difficulties in their relationships as an adult. Counselling is always helpful, but not for everyone. Kids who may have excelled in other extra curricular activities before the divorce may find they need some alone time away from the familiar to gather themselves.
I encourage you to try an artistic activity if you or someone you know is going through a divorce (either adult or child). If you are interested in taking art classes I would love to have you. To learn more visit:
Stephanie A.E Strugar
Certified Grumbacher Painting & Drawing Instructor.
She is a retired Certified Face/ Body & Temporary Tattoo Artist.
Caricaturist. She is currently an active
Public Speaker, Consultant, and Arts Educator in the Manitoba and greater Canada area.