Emotions Color Wheel
Emotions Color Wheel An Art Therapy Directive www.creativitymattersllc.com Description: This activity is good to break the ice with any client. It is also an easy “check-in” to find out how the client is feeling and the issues he/she is dealing with at this time in his/her life. After creating a pie chart with 8 sections, the client gets to choose 8 emotions and then color in the pie pieces. Materials: Colored Pencils or Markers and a White Piece of Paper. Instructions: First – Start with a…
Art Books About Being an Artist - Fantastic Fun & Learning
Everyone is an artist. This list of art books is full of books that encourage kids to be creative and create their own unique art.
Magnificent Mandalas - The Silver Pen
A Silver Lining of this summer is that I am back to my beloved clinical work. Doing clinical work makes my heart and soul so very, very happy. So, what doe
Creating a Vision Board Book – Fold-Up and Portable!
Creating a vision board book for your goals and dreams is easy with this simple DIY accordion book format. This week I created a vision board and wanted to share a bit about the process. This one is an accordion-fold portable vision board. I can fold it up as a book and take it with me (when I travel, for example) or stand up in my office to look at for inspiration when I'm home. I LOVE this new format! This wasn't going to be a vision board week. It was going to be a catch up on my to-do…
The Gifs of Therapy Disclaimer: This is a humorous blog about what it's like to be an art therapist. This blog is not meant to give mental health advice or refer clients to therapists. Personal information, client cases and artwork are all confidential and will not be shared here. Please review the...
Art Therapy Project: Gateway to What I Most Desire
In my art therapy class today, I asked students to create a gateway to what they most desire right now. Here's the example I gave them: Student nurses were visiting my class today. Here is some of what they did for this project: Have a go at this project. It's fun!
Why Doodling Matters
As Temple Grandin says, "the world needs all kinds of minds." and some of those minds "think in pictures". Doodling is a form of external thought that allows you to visualize the connections you are making while thinking. In the conscious mind, doodling can assist concentration and focus but even in the unconscious mind, while doodling and day dreaming connections are made. As Steven Johnson says, the "mind's primordial soup" can lead to "serendipitous collisions of creative insight"…
The Broken Bowl Project
Description: The bowl represents us as an individual, we are vessels that hold many things. But sometimes we break and need to be put back together. Our brokenness changes us, makes us who we are. …
Travel Ideas | Indigenous Tourism BC
Do you know the difference between the three types of totem poles? We asked North American expert and celebrated artist, Andy Everson, to help explain 5 things you have to know about totem poles! #AboriginalBC
Gratefulness Rocks • TeachKidsArt
Homemade Gratefulness Rocks. Remind your kids and students what the true meaning of the holidays are with simple and fun learning activities.
6 Inspiring Vision Board Examples and Ideas
These vision board examples use magazine pictures, photos, and words in collage form to achieve goals and reach intentions. You know I'm a visual person, right? Images hold a tremendous amount of power for me. I like words, too, but they flow in and out of my head without catching hold quite the way that images do. I've told you that I plan my life with 3x5 index cards, and that's true, but I also plan my life through collage. I assemble images and words that speak to me (mostly cut from old…
Creative Writing with "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds
This week we read the story "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds. This is one of our stories from the Reading Street program but can also be purchased at Amazon. It is about a girl who is upset because she thinks she can't draw. With the help of her art teacher, she discovers she is a really great artist. For one of our activities, the students were given a small piece of construction paper and they were to cut out a circle to represent a dot. Then they were to make something out of it. This is how a…