I do this activity several times a week to check in with my own emotions and allow them to express themselves in a healthy, creative way. I find I truly get into this and it takes a lot of energy!
Here is one of my emotional art therapy paintings I did as part of my own art therapy journey. I named this artwork: "My Choices"...
Materials Needed for Art Therapy Emotional Art Activity:
- Some type of large canvas (Wood, butcher paper, drop cloth, old sheet, etc.)
- Assorted Acrylic Paint Colors
- Assorted Markers
- Small rollers, large and small brushes, squidgy, water spray bottle, rags, pastel paints, (anything to paint or draw with)
- Anything else such as glitter, faux jewels, pom pom balls, etc.
Recommended: Wear old clothes for this art therapy activity as it can get really messy!
Directions for Art Therapy Emotional Art Activity:
1. You will need an easel because you will use your entire body for the art therapy emotional painting activity.
2. Draw some squiggly lines on your canvas with a dark marker to begin your art therapy activity.
3. Next, begin rolling paint, brushing paint, squiggling, and spraying with water as needed for this art therapy activity. Add other materials as needed. The more water you spray the better!
4. This is a very physical art therapy activity. Go with your emotions…. Paint as much and as long as you need to. Allow your body to go with the flow and move where it wants to.
Try touching the paint and using your fingers, or take a rag and blot the canvas after painting on it. The goal is to create movement, texture, space, and color that represents your emotions at that moment.
5. Don’t worry about finishing the art therapy activity. Feel free to come back to it when you want to release your emotions.
6. Try to do this art therapy activity as often as possible as an outlet for your emotions (positive and negative). Create a collection of art therapy emotional art for your art gallery!
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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