Frequently Asked Questions
What makes your teaching method for drawing unique?
The methodology used at Aliki’s Art in Mind is a highly structured 7-step system that has been tried and tested for over 2 decades. Aliki’s claim to fame? ANYONE can learn how to draw in as little as a day.
I’m very dissatisfied in my career. I long to be creative but I know that I would just become another starving artist. Any suggestions?
Believe it or not, the ‘starving artist’ idea is just another one of many myths surrounding art. If you are truly interested in pursuing an art career and treat it with the same respect you have treated your current career, there is no reason why you couldn’t succeed. Come try an Art in Mind session and you’ll see the possibilities!
I’d like to have my child learn the skill of drawing. What can I do at home?
One of the best things you can do is start by buying the book Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes and working through this book together with your child.
Is it possible to ‘learn’ how to be an artist? I’ve always wanted to but don’t feel I’m talented.
If you have that inner desire to be an artist, it is very possible. Most people believe the myth that you must be talented in order to create. That’s just not so. What you need is to be shown, in a very structured way, the steps in getting there.
Drawing classes will automatically give you the boost you need to begin. Because realistic drawing is so valued, most people think if they can’t draw realistically they must not be artists. This is simply not true. However, once you learn the secrets to drawing realistically, it does give you the confidence to understand that art is an opportunity open to all.
What makes your Art in Mind therapeutic sessions unique? Isn’t it just art therapy?
Art therapy is a relatively young profession and there are a variety of places one can study from a university setting to local institutes. The curriculum to become an art therapist is as varied as the institute that provides training.
The process I use is one that combines many years of observations and I prefer to integrate brain research, art making and facilitating in my approach.
I also want to make therapeutic art accessible to the average person dealing with daily life situations. Art therapy tends to be used in settings such as hospitals and treatment centers (although it can be used with anyone). However, Art in Mind is something that everyone can readily access from mums and caregivers to those in the helping professions such as health practitioners and social workers.
My kids don’t show much interest in art. I’m not sure if they are talented enough to take classes. Any suggestions?
Most children that don’t show an interest in art have simply not been taught how to create. Although drawing skills do come naturally to some children, most children need to be taught these skills. It’s unfortunate that children see themselves as artists or non-artists at a very early age. However, this can be changed. If your child doesn’t show an interest in art perhaps all he or she needs is some good instruction (see book suggestion above). Children get easily frustrated when their drawings don’t look realistic (if that is their goal). By opening up the world of drawing to them, they can learn how to be successful.
Can the Art in Mind sessions help me relieve my stress?
Yes. Both the process and the area you are working on combine to help with the personal issue you may be experiencing. For example, did you know that acquiring excellent time management skills helps reduce stress levels? This can all be attained by structured, directed exercises that pinpoint the issue and use art as a means of resolving the issue.