Enhance Your Creativity Through Art Based Practices

Optimising Creativity for Well-Being
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The health benefits associated with creative art practices
How both brain health and learning can be enhanced through creative practices
The benefits of creative activities on mental health
Utilising the arts to assist learning


  • A desire to learn and understand how to build a more creative enhancing mindset.


We know that creative approaches can lead to innovation across many domains. But what about a more ‘hands-on’ experience through art practices that enable us to express ourselves creatively?

There’s been a growth in studies that quantify the mental health and overall well-being benefits of creative practices. Engaging in creative activities has been attributed to improving rates of depression, reducing the body’s response to stress, assisting with cognitive decline, boosting the immune system to an increase in happiness.

Participating in the arts through everyday creative activities and utilising the creative potential that we all possess at any age, by engaging in dancing, drawing, painting, performing and more broadly craft making, are being understood as an essential part of a holistic healthcare system.

This is part of an existing course 'Optimising Creativity for Well-Being' that explores how creativity can assist throughout our life with a focus on overall well-being as we mature and age.

Creating art is a basic human need, but it’s only recently that research has finally caught up to the notion that it’s also something we can’t afford to live without. This research is making it clear that experiencing or creating art has a dynamic effect on our brain. This form of creativity can potentially address some of the most difficult issues of our time including chronic stress and associated illnesses, pain management and addiction, learning differences, depression and mental illness, and reduced productivity and innovation.

It includes a 20 minute video and a transcript of the voice over.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone seeking to shape a vision for a life well lived and explore what role art based practices can play in this.

Course content

5 sections5 lectures38m total length
  • Introduction


The Creative Catalyst
Maria Simonelli
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As an educator and creative entrepreneur, Maria Simonelli recognises the enormous reach we have as the creative brain has no limits. She builds creative capacity and problem solving skills across non-profits, business, governments and community, that result in real and positive change.

With an intriguing range of creative tools, she draws on years of experience and qualifications in education, science, research and visual arts. She combines these in a unique approach to develop creative skillsets and core competencies, by identifying and creating the conditions that enhance creativity.

Maria is the founder of The Creative Catalyst and author of two books, The Creative Advantage: How the intersection of science and creativity is revealing life’s ultimate advantage, due for release in early 2021 and Sweet Spot Careers: A practical and creative guide to a successful midlife career transition.