TAP stands for Therapy, Activities and Products.
The TAP model is the HEART and SOUL of TiC.
THERAPY is always involved, obviously or hidden and disguised in ACTIVITIES entangled in the creative process that results in PRODUCTS that make you smile.
Therapeutical values of being expressively creative
- Critical Thinking Skills
Any creative project requires thinking skills – designing, dreaming and envision your product, using various techniques like needlework skills or craft skills.
While this may simply be seen as making or creating art, what one is actually doing is making decisions at each point, which promotes problem-solving skills and teaches creators to develop innovative techniques to approach new situations.
The mind becomes more efficient in practising these decision-making skills, and this can alleviate stress.
- Concentration and Observational Skills
The need for intense focus on the subject/object being created in turn leads to improved focus and enhanced concentration and observational skills.
Having to focus on the object being created means that a shift of focus has to take place – this enables the person to concentrate and focus fully on the artwork without outside influences that affect one’s process of creation.
The creative activity helps the mind relax and this will also expand to other areas of daily living.
- Fine Motor Skills
Working with different kinds of surfaces/materials such as material, paper, clay, etc. and using different sized brushes, scissors, crayons and a variety of other art materials, improves hand-eye coordination and boosts motor-skills.
- Creative Outlet
Expressing oneself by creating something does not only have physical benefits, but also acts as a mental outlet, thereby releasing and reducing stress.
- Exercising of Hands, Wrists and Arms
Our sense of touch is extremely important, and our hands are an outlet for creativity.
Working with clay or knitting can each be seen as a gentle exercise which serves to strengthen the hands, wrists and arms.
These types of exercise can be exceedingly beneficial for individuals suffering from arthritis in the hands, for promoting joint movement and dexterity, and can also serve as a natural painkiller.
- Non-Verbal Communication Skills
The act of creation leads to a process of inner communication, connectivity and dealing with one’s deepest thoughts and feelings that cannot easily be expressed verbally.
Being able to communicate on a non-verbal level can serve as a very healthy option to release emotions that are impossible to verbalise.
Paying attention to the now, focusing on the creative process at hand and on nothing else, is an excellent way to calm and relax the always-busy mind.
Relieving the mind of stress will also result in the relaxation of the body, which can in turn minimise various physical ailments like muscle soreness, headaches and joint pain.
Creative painting produces similar effects to those benefited from meditation.
- Endurance and Perseverance
Even the most innovative ideas do not always turn out the way one envisioned, which can lead to disappointment, but failure can be a good thing, as keeping going and trying again and again until one gets it right will shape one into a determined, solution-focused person.
This will result in also improving one’s endurance and perseverance, which are critical skills required to enable one to reach the goals one has set for oneself in life.
- Self Confidence
Completing projects boosts one’s self-confidence and builds self-esteem. Positive and honest feedback from observers of one’s creations leads to an increase in one’s sense of self-assurance and the will to continue to be creative!
- Optimistic Outlook and View of Life
Improvement in flow and spontaneity provides an outlet for grief, and mourning helps with self-identification and self-expression and builds self-esteem and confidence.
- Encouragement of Sociability
Taking part in the generally casual and relaxed atmosphere of group creative activities allows individuals to socialise confidently with others in the group as well as allowing moments of creating in silence.
This physical, creative involvement in a relaxed group-setting brings forth mental calmness, allowing for the letting-go of anxious behaviours and opening up for conversations with other participants.
Leisure Education/Quality of Living
- Creating a Positive Mind-set
Being creative teaches one to be in tune with the aesthetics of the visual world around us and lets us focus and appreciate the beauty life offers.
Embracing the beauty around us, the different kinds of textures like the bark on trees or colourful roses in bloom; the baffling sunset colours; the fluffy white clouds against the blue sky, gives a more positive outlook for the ever-changing beauty around us.
Taking part in creative processes that teach one to appreciate and celebrate the beautiful in life can decrease many risks of mental illnesses.
- Quality of Life
Being creative is a functional and healthy form of self-expression which connects your body, mind and soul.
Partaking in the creative process, learning new techniques and ever-evolving and growing while creating, can contribute to a lifetime of commitment to expand oneself and maintain a productive hobby.
Creative Expressive Participation
- Boosts of Creativity
To be creative is the mode of artistic expression.
Whether the creation and art/craft is abstract, realistic, minimalistic or chaotic, it can reveal the deepest emotional expression and motivation.
To be creative, to play with colour, texture, designs, to be innovative or even to re-create, fosters the endless imaginative possibilities that come to life through being creative.
- Building Knowledge and Appreciation of Various Cultures
Connecting with others fosters bonding and increases one’s social skills; to learn from other leads to appreciation and higher levels of happiness.
Knowledge that can be shared, promoting sociability between various cultures and degrees of comparison opens up creative possibilities.
- Experimentation and Exploring
To give expression to our creativity is essential for us humans to expand our abilities to connect with ourselves and with the environment around us.
Given opportunities to explore our creative abilities opens up the hidden possibilities in every person.
ACTIVITIES- action-pursuit-movement-active force-liveliness-activeness-bustle
Every day has enough opportunities for ACTIVITIES!
When in partnership with Drakenstein Association for Persons with Disabilities, all ACTIVITIES were developed to assist in the ABILITIES of the participants in the Protective Workshop.
TiC focus on needlework activities like cutting, sewing, patternmaking, knitting and crocheting and also craft skills like painting with different kinds of paint like fabric paint, collage and mosaic.
Every creative activity enhances the possibilities of therapeutic values and encountering an HOLISTIC outcome.
In most of the activities, recycled materials are used to create timeless, innovative, functional and practical creative products.
TiC focuses on the availability of items directly from the surrounding environment. Items that are available NOW, at present, and the use of such items to create quality re-useable “new” products.
Various clothing is used to create practical and functional products such as pre-loved denim jeans for creating different kinds of bags.
Each product is lovingly made by hand and virtually every part of the item is re-purposed in some or other way so that there is the absolute minimal wastage.