When working with art in coaching, I find that most of the images created by coachees are abstract pieces of work where the colour, textures, mediums and marks made become the language that allows the hidden to come through.
One of the great benefits of working with art is that hidden themes can start to emerge, adding richness and depth to coaching conversations. In this example, the heart motif became a recurring image in this person's work and had significant meaning for them. Emerging themes arise over time and through a number of images.
Art and communication is nothing new. 100,000 years ago human beings came out of Africa, spreading across the whole world, taking with them this amazingly complex brain that we all share today. A brain that drove us then and drives us now to communicate, explore and be creative.
Whenever we think of art we have an instinctive reaction to it. If we don’t see ourselves as artistic or creative we tend to think of it as something elitist or as something that children do. For many of us it is not something that has a place in our everyday worl
I spend a lot of time talking to coaches to find out how art is used in coaching today and have discovered that that a lot of coaches use art in their practice although may not recognise it as such.