The Science


Since our inception, we have worked with world-leading academics to make sure our product is effective and useful for you. At present, we are conducting small-scale research across to improve the efficacy of art as therapy.

We are committed to ensuring MAKE has a positive impact on you and will improve your wellbeing. Through our MAKER boxes, we help members of our community in using art as therapy.

The content at profiling of our MAKER boxes are based on the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC), a model of creative functioning. Each MAKER box is designed for a different category:


• Sensory/ Kinaesthetic
• Perceptive / Affective
• Cognitive / Symbolic


Sensory / Kinaesthetic

These boxes inspire the release and expression of energy through movement and engagement with the art materials. They build our connection with the body through stimulating the physical senses with little cognitive involvement. This sensory engagement helps calm thoughts & emotions by focusing on the rhythm and sensations on the body.


There are three subcategories of MAKER boxes
1) The intensity of sensory stimulation
2) The amount of physical engagement with the art materials
3) The control over the creative process

Materials found in these boxes: clay, slime, plasticine, wire, natural materials such as leaves, feathers, shells flowers, wood, bark, etc.

 


Perceptive / Affective
These boxes aim to support the user in identifying and expressing their inner emotions. The materials in these boxes inspire awareness of form, line, colour, limits, boundaries and other structural qualities of the art image that can, in turn, support the individual in understanding how their emotions are structured. These boxes involve more sophisticated information processes by involving the brain's limbic system (that is responsible for emotions). These boxes can support users in regulating their emotions by creating a schematic representation of their emotion through colour line and form that can help manage complex and overwhelming feelings.

The three subcategories of boxes under this category are:
1) The level of control the user has over the art materials
2) The level of expression the user has over the art materials
3) The creative process the user has over the art materials

Materials in these boxes can include pencils, watercolour pencils, Indian ink, oil pastels, soft pastels, acrylic paint, watercolour paint, collage, etc.


Cognitive / Symbolic
These boxes support problem solving through art making. Cognitive thought is leading the creative process in these boxes as they involve higher levels of mental functioning by inspiring abstract concept formation, logical and analytical thought processes, planning, decision making and cognitive maps.
The creative process support self-discovery and self-acceptance through intuitive planning, decision making, metaphor and self-oriented concept formation.

The three subcategories of these MAKER boxes:
1) Experiment with the level of planning of the creative process
2) Experiment with the level of control of the creative process
3) Experiment with the level of complexity of the creative process

Materials found in these MAKER boxes can include led pencil, stencils, charcoal, Texas, origami, collages, mind maps, etc.