Here is a popular internet list of art therapy activities originally posted up in 2011 by the Nursing School Blog. I have researched current links that reflect the most inspiring art
therapy directives on the internet today, keeping them as close as possible to the original list.
Make a meditative painting. Looking for a creative way to relax? Have trouble sitting still
to meditate? Meditative painting might be just the thing you're looking for. No painting skill or experience necessary - only a desire to relax and become more
a journal. Journals don't have to just be based around words. You can make an art journal as well, that lets you visually express your emotions.
Explore puppet therapy. Puppets aren't just for kids. Make your own and have them act out scenes that
make you upset.
Use line art. Line is one of the simplest and most basic
aspects of art, but it can also contain a lot of emotion. Use simple line art to demonstrate visually how you're feeling.
Create a family sculpture. For this activity, you makes a clay representation of each
family member-- mother, father, siblings, and any other close or influential family members to explore emotional dynamics and roles within your family.
Paint a mountain and a valley. The mountain can represent a time where you were happy, the
valley, when you were sad. Add elements that reflect specific events as well.
Draw something HUGE. Getting your body involved and moving around can help release emotion as you're
Use color blocks. Colors often come with a lot of emotions attached. Choose several paint
chips to work with and collage, paint and glue until you've created a colorful masterpiece.
Let yourself be free. Don't allow yourself to judge your work. If you think your paintings are too tight
and controlled, this collection of tips and techniques to try should help you work in a looser style.
Create a drawing that represents freedom. The Surrealists embraced automatic drawing as way to
incorporate randomness and the subconscious into their drawings, and to free themselves from artistic conventions and everyday thinking.
Draw a mirror self-portrait. This activity is based around a Piet Mondrian quote: "The purer the artist's mirror is, the more true reality reflects in
Draw yourself as a superhero. Many people like superhero stories. We resonate with the themes in the
stories, with the dilemmas and problems that superheroes face, and we aspire to their noble impulses and heroic acts.
If you're still looking for something to empower, help or soothe you, these projects may fit the bill.
natural materials. Leaves, sticks, dirt, clay and other natural materials can help you get in touch with the natural world and the more primal side of
archetypes. Study the archetypes to help you explore how you see and create your world.
Use your body as a canvas. You don't need paper when you have your body. Paint on your hands and feet or
anywhere else to feel more in touch with yourself.
Sculpt spirit figures. Connect with those that have passed on or your own spiritual
essence using these sculpted figures.
Make art out of recycled items. You can reuse old items that have meaning to you or just re-purpose
something you have laying around. Either way, you'll get insights into how you can reshape and reevaluate your own life.
Collage with old photographs. If you're uncomfortable using old photos you can make copies. Explore
these mixed media techniques with your old photos.