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"The Art of Healing - Painting as a means of coping with stress"

Within the scope of her additional training in health and nursing, Astrid Friedl did a scientific research into various possibilities that the artistic medium of painting offers to cope with stress and to promote one's own health. The target group of the investigations were predominantly nurses in a professional context. However, the research results can be applied to all professions.

Several international studies demonstrate that painting, detached from a therapeutic purpose, has been shown to promote health and is therefore suitable for preventing and coping with stress. Personal resources, such as problem-solving skills and joy, as well as social resources, such as the ability to work in a team and solidarity, are significantly  strengthened and thus increase physical and psychological well-being.


A playful approach and a focus on the creative process itself can help to overcome personal inhibitions towards painting.


The aim is to put the results of this research project into practice by offering companies from different industries special painting workshops as health promotion for their employees within the framework of the company setting.


WORKSHOPS ("Art Infusions" in the conception phase)

"Creativity is an inner resource that everybody possesses." (Eric Kandel)

These workshops ("Art Infusions") are aimed primarily at companies from different industries that want to offer their employees the following benefits:

  • Use painting to reduce stress and for stress prophylaxis,

  • discover joy in their own creativity,

  • give the impressions of the day or feelings a creative expression,

  • increase their own well-being, and

  • thus maintain long-term health.

The target group are mainly people who:

  • would like to try painting with acrylic paint, but have not been sure whether they have a talent for it,

  • have already painted and drawn every now and then and want to start again,

  • want to rediscover their creativity.

What can the participants expect:

  • They have room to experiment and can easily and freely deal with simple painting techniques that they can further develop at home.

  • They can get results in a short period of time.

  • They take ready-made acrylic paintings and many impressions with them.

What do the participants bring with them best:

  • They enjoy experimenting.

  • They have joy in painting.



  • Working materials are mainly acrylic paint, pencil and pastel crayons.

  • The workshops thrive on the "interactivity" of the participants.

The participants can choose freely and try out the following:

  • Still life, portrait, experimental.

  • Various easy-to-learn painting techniques, basics of proportion, light and shadow.

  • Individual work is supported on request.

  • “Co-Creation”: The expectations and wishes of each individual are taken into account.

  • The workshops available for individuals lessons or together in a group.

Duration:  Once a week for 8 to 10 weeks. Individually variable.

Location: Within the organizational setting.

Material for painting and painting will be made available.

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