The Kinetic School Drawing Beyond Art Therapy Activity:

I use this Beyond Art Therapy drawing tool as a school counselor, and a private therapist. It gives me a unique perspective of the client / student’s view of their school life.

This Beyond Art Therapy drawing is often called The Kinetic School Drawing Test.  I do not call this a “test” per say, but offer it to the client / student as an activity to gauge what their opinion is about school. 

Materials for the Kinetic School Drawing Beyond Art Therapy Activity:

- Several sharpened pencils

- At least 8 different colored crayons, colored pencils, or markers

- A few sheets of white paper (Use in landscape setting)


Directions for the Kinetic School Drawing Beyond Art Therapy Activity:

1. Make sure the client / student is in a comfortable position in a safe and quiet place.  I have a special table set up with buckets of art supplies.

This art supply table is right next to my desk. I also have a lamp next to the desk as it softens the atmosphere. I do not like bright and glaring light for my sessions.  Sometimes, I even play meditation music.

2. Place white paper in the horizontal position. Offer at least eight different colors of crayons, colored pencils, or markers to the client / student.

3. Comment on how this is not a drawing test, however, you need the client / student to draw out the figures and not use stick figures.

4. Also, state that there is no time limit on the Kinetic School Drawing.

5. Ask the client / student to, “Draw a picture of yourself at school. Make sure to add your teacher and at least a couple of other students to the picture. 

Make sure to have everyone doing something in the drawing. Try to draw all the people, including you, in full form (again no stick drawings). 


Disclaimer for the Kinetic School Drawing Beyond Art Therapy Activity:

This is one piece of the “therapy puzzle”. You should offer your client / student many activities through art, sand tray, talk therapy, play therapy, etc. The Kinetic School Drawing should only one aspect of the client’s treatment plan. 

This should only be used by licensed mental health professionals, or certified school counselors.  For more information on Beyond Art Therapy see my eBook called "Beyond Art Therapy" in the right hand column of this page.

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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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