One of the sessions I attended at the Iowa Art Educator’s of Iowa Conference was on Art Therapy. Art teachers are always trying to come up with new and exciting ways to engage students and reach all of our students who have unique needs. Because I knew very little about art therapy in general, this session was important for me to gain some new knowledge and bring back a few quick lessons to use with my students if/when the situation arises.
Really, all art can be thought of as art therapy. When we make art, a part of us is on that paper, and something inside us comes out in the artwork. I learned the even without knowing it, our “STUFF” (emotional baggage) always needs a way to come out and it always will. It just depends on the outlet in which it’s expressed. This year, we’ve had some extra special behaviors at school and I can’t help but think some of these strategies might work for kiddos who have some “stuff” that needs to come out.
I also learned that in art therapy the artwork can become a legal document, which was interesting to me. Just as a student could describe to a counselor his or her emotions or feelings using words, when these are put into an art form, the actual art self becomes an artifact of that students development and healing. So very interesting!
Here are few quick and simple art therapy strategies I learned through this season as well as some I’ve used in my classroom to help students use art to express feelings, relationships or just to decompress. I am sure if you talked with you school counselor they also may have some tips they have used to integrate art with counseling to benefit students.
4 Simple Art Therapy Strategies
Hopefully these simple strategies can help you, your staff or your students to express emotions in new ways.
What are other art therapy strategies you’ve tried?