I read a great blog post by a teacher that implemented art therapy in the classroom and so, I had to share the art activity with you as it’s something I’ve been meaning to cover anyway. And what better time to cover it than after reading about someone else successfully implementing it!
For this art therapy activity, you’ll need the following items:
- A stereo/CD player. Something you can use to play music
- Oil pastels, or something to paint or draw with
- White or black paper (as long as your drawing/painting shows up)
- Another piece of paper to write down your thoughts
Turn off the lights as much as possible (or close your eyes) and begin playing your music of choice. You can play the music for as long as you like, but I’d probably keep it to under 5 minutes. 2-3 minutes should suffice. Now think about the thoughts and images that went through your head and when you’re ready, begin expressing these thoughts and images onto your paper using your painting or drawing material.
Once you’re finished, write down a few sentences or a paragraph (or more) that explains what your drawing or painting. If this is difficult, ask yourself (or whoever’s doing the art therapy activity) some open-ended questions with regards to the art until you have something to write down. It doesn’t have to be a thesis or anything like that, just something that captures or describes the artwork.
Try it out, you may be surprised at what you come up with! It’s also worth trying with various types of music.