The Shape of Things: Drawing and Art Making for Pain Management

This AI-PAMI Patient & Caregiver Presentation is a collaboration with Arts for the Aging, entitled ‘The Shape of Things.’ Raquel Chapin Stephenson, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT describes the researched connection between art making and pain, as well as factors related to pain. Dr. Chapin Stephenson breaks down various studies demonstrating how coloring, drawing and art therapy have been shown to reduce pain. Arts for the Aging Teaching Artist, Marcie Wolf-Hubbard then leads a self-portrait demonstration viewers can take part in (6:13). Self-portrait was selected as the art making activity because it allows for a shift in attention away from pain and a focus on the present self.

Presentation Slide Deck

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Art and pain research
  • Self-portrait demonstration
  • Concluding remarks