This art therapy activity is similar to the jungle animal collage, but a little more specific with regards to you, and yet a little more open with regards to the types of animals. You’ll be creating animal collage art, but without the limitations of jungle animals.
Again, you can use any materials you see fit for your animal collage, whether the art is created from a simple pen and paper, magazines, books, old photos, old clothes, food labels or boxes, newspaper, etc…it’s totally up to you.
Now think of 5 qualities (or more!) about yourself that make you happy. What are your favorite traits? Now pick at least one animal that you believe best represents each quality, resulting in 5 animals at a minimum. There’s no right or wrong answer here, only what you believe fits best. So, if you thought of 7 traits you like about yourself, you’d come up with at least 7 animals. Feel free to pick more than one animal per trait…say if you wanted two or three animals to represent a trait.
After picking your animals, you’ll then find a way of representing them on a canvas of your choice, creating a unique animal art collage. Again, you can use as many different animals as you like, repeating them on your canvas as many times as you want.
While creating your new animal collage art, simply focus on your good qualities and admire the animals you chose to represent them. It’s important to remind ourselves of our good qualities since we all have them on some level. Sure, some of us may be be more modest about it, but it’s still good to acknowledge and appreciate our strengths every now and then.