All About Art Therapy

Art therapy to say the least uses creativity to help children implore deeper into their thoughts and feelings. It allows for a safe space for them to express their emotions and ill feelings in a constructive healthy way. Art Therapy can include a wide range of activities from playing with play-doh to coloring, writing stories, illustrating, scripting or performing plays, choreographing dances, etc. 

Some of the noted benefits of art therapy are as follows: 

  • Improve self-awareness
  • Improves cognition
  • Reduce emotions of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Improves sensory-motor functions
  • Reduces conflicts & enhances social skills
While art therapy is generally conducted under the supervision of a trained therapist, some simple activities which can be done by parents are detailed below:

1. Mandala Art

Credit: Marfi 

Mandalas are circular, geometrical patterns that are proportional or symmetrical.

You will need:

  • A sheet of paper
  • A Compass
  • Pencils or Markers
  • Try this process here

2. Zentangle Art

Credit: Irene Surig

Zentangle is the process of drawing patterns on a sheet of paper that allows your brain to enter a peaceful flow which in turn reduces anxiety, promotes a sense of peace, slows downtime, and allows you to be present at the moment.

You will need:

  • Markers // Pens // Pencils 
  • Sheets of paper // Drawing book
  • Try the process here 

3. Postcard Art

Credit: Tilly & Tally

The idea behind this activity is getting one to honestly answer the question, “What would I say to someone if I didn’t have to do it face-to-face?”
This activity can be a great exercise for self-discovery and just overall being more honest about how you feel about a problem or situation without feeling any pressure of reaction. It allows you to clearly speak what’s on your mind, with no filter.

You will need:

  • Markers // Pens // Pencils 
  • Sheets of paper // Drawing book
  • Try the process here 

    4. Scrapbooking Art

    Credit: Saatchi Art

    This activity is a more grounding one. Very often in life, we tend to have different personas of ourselves to the world around us and this can greatly affect our ability to truthfully identify our core values, beliefs, or even our sense of self.

    You will need:

    • Old magazines, newspapers, any sort of old book with pictures, and any scrap paper.
    • Colored markers & pencils.
    • Scissors & any sort of adhesive.
    • Cardboard or mountboard, basically anything sturdy for the base of the collage.
    • Optional: Stickers, Washi Tape, Glitter, or anything else you feel like using.
    • Try this process here

    Art therapy is one of those things that can be done by anyone and everyone, regardless of their age or artistic prerequisites. The more one taps into their creative process, the more they can express themselves through artistic methods. 

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