I always relax when I
color in this Beyond Art Therapy meditation entitled “Paradise Island”. Art therapist
can use this activity with adults and kids!
Try it on yourself first, and then use it with your Beyond Art Therapy clients, or students.
This Beyond Art Therapy activity is also a very effective group activity. I find that when my students in group use these art therapy coloring techniques they have a much better day in the classroom.
Remember, with this Beyond Art Therapy activity you will start with the darker colors (below) first, and then move to using lighter colors (Higher).
This increases the endorphins in the brain and the mood becomes “happier”. The bird is the last to be colored.
Generally speaking,the Beyond Art Therapy client, or student, will chose a bright color for the bird. This might suggest that the Beyond Art Therapy client’s mood has lifted.
Materials for the Beyond Art Therapy Coloring Activity “Paradise Island”:
Crayons or Markers
Printable of Coloring Book Meditation Page Below
Directions for Beyond Art Therapy Coloring Activity “Paradise Island”:
1. The Beyond Art Therapist, or school counselor, is to read this as a script to the art therapy client, or student.
After reading the script the first time around, the art therapy client, or student, can take home copies of the blank Beyond art therapy coloring book meditation page and do it on their own.
Script to Read for Beyond Art Therapy Coloring Book Page Activity “Paradise Island”:
1. Color the ocean a dark, deep blue color.
2. Color the island a dark green.
3. Color the volcano purple.
4. Color the palm tree trunk brown.
5. Color the waterfall a medium blue color.
6. Color the palm tree leaves a light green.
7. Color the sky a light blue.
8. Color the sun yellow.
9. Color the clouds white.
10. Color the bird any color you prefer.
Beyond Art Therapy Printable Coloring Book Page Activity “Paradise Island” Below:
You can begin this journey as a mental health professional who utilizes art therapy by:
1. Practicing the art therapy techniques below (See Bottom Links) on yourself first. I add pages on this special topic throughout the year, so keep checking back.
2. Read the pages posted at Creative Counseling 101 on art therapy.
3. Continue to seek training as a art / counseling therapist.
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Art Therapy Christmas Tree Drawing & World
The Three Animals Art Therapy Technique
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The Kinetic School Drawing Art Therapy Technique/a>
String of Lights Art Therapy & Genogram Drawing Technique
Art Therapy / Anger Mangement Angry Snowball Technique
Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.
*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed mental health professional immediately.
"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.
For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.
Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.
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