What is Expressive Arts Facilitation?


An expressive arts facilitator facilitates the process of honest self-expression by designing and initiating expressive creative processes for people.


The act of creating art spontaneously is therapeutic in itself. The expressive arts provide a natural emotional release, interrupts stuck patterns of thought, and can support personal growth.


Expressive Arts Facilitators do not diagnose or interpret a client's art or creative self-expression, and do not offer therapy. However, facilitators can invite the client's personal responses to their expressive art in an encouraging and affirming way.


The aim of the expressive arts facilitator is to provide safe, caring and accepting space for people to experiment with spontaneous art, poetry, dance and musicCritiques are not made about the aesthetics of the art. Participants are invited to express their honest thoughts and emotions as they relate to their creative self-expression.


Some people work with an expressive arts facilitator as an alternative to, or as a complement to traditional talk therapy. 


Enjoy this growing list of ideas as shared on the Facebook group Expressive Arts Facilitation.

Art Material Explorations

1. Styrofoam Plate Monoprinting 


A fun and economical way to use styrofoam plates in monoprinting! Watch this video to learn how to create your unique, reusable designs for Gelli printing!


Watch the video HERE



Process Art For Children


50 open-ended art projects for children. Process art allows kids to explore and create freely and play with art materials.  Because there isn't a set goal, process art also doesn't get "old".  Kids can repeat the same project many times and will create different end-products each time.     Read More HERE.


Glue Drawing with Chalk


This project can be can be easily adapted to any age or skill level. The glue is not always predictable. Sometimes surprises happen when the glue is drying.  Expressive results are practically guaranteed! 


Read More HERE...


Pulled String Art


Create mirrored string prints from paint covered string. Cut a piece of string and add it to the bowl of paint. Use a spoon or your finger to stir it around, covering the string in paint. Then lift the string out of the paint, running your thumb and forefinger along the length of the string to remove excess paint.




Expressive Hot Glue Stencils


A You Tube tutorial on how to make expressive hot glue stencils as inspired by Artist Traci Batista go HERE.

Tile Monoprinting


Tile Monoprint - Using smooth, glazed ceramic floor tiles, this expressive exercise in colour exploration is great for children, and could also be an intriguing ground for an intuitive painting.    




Spontaneous Art Explorations


1. Paint Blob Creatures


Using liquid acrylic ink to make ink blobs, after about an hour of drying, each person in the art group is invited to choose one, and using a black permanent marker, transform it into a creature. Read More...




2. Spirit Dolls


Explore what is needed or wanted though this spirit doll tutorial based on Maureen Murdock's workbook "A Heroine's Journey".  Read More...

Meditative Art Projects


1. Mandala Stone Tutorial - The detailed, dotted patterns invite a focused and meditative creative process. A great way to create a personally meaningful talisman to carry around or place on an altar.



Art Therapy Exercises

Art therapist Lisa Mitchell offers 3 art therapy activities using dollar store materials to increase resilience. 1. Beneficial Word Marble, 2. Beneficial Unblocking Collage, 3. Beneficial Brain Worm. Read More...