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You may or may not include yourself in the picture. Participants will relate the cloud maze to their life maze. How they draw and relate to the cloud maze may reflect how they are approaching present issues. Clouds II Materials: Drawing paper, pastels, crayons, markers. Procedure: Ask participants to visualize themselves in a plane high up in the air. The ride is pleasant and smooth; the sky is light blue. Gradually the clouds become prevalent and there is a thick mist. All of a sudden they feel a jolt; there is much turbulence and the plane starts rocking and making strange noises.
Now ask group members to draw what happens next. Does he panic; does she hold on for dear life? Does the person jump out of the plane?
BOOK REVIEW Art Therapy Techniques and Applications
Does he ignore the turbulence and continue reading his book? Does she hold on to the person next to her or console the person next to her? Group members will be asked to relate how they handle this problem to how they handle challenges and predicaments in their own life. Do they panic, take problems in stride, reach out to others, etc? The Unknown Materials: Drawing paper, pastels, crayons, markers. Procedure: Direct group members to fold their paper in half. Ask them to imagine themselves walking through a dark wooded area. Ask them to think about how they are feeling, what they are seeing, touching, hearing and experiencing.
Suggest that they draw what is behind them on the first half of the paper and what is in front of them on the second half of the paper. Leave the suggestion vague so that they may include whatever they wish in the picture. Clients may be encouraged to relate what they sketched behind them to their past and what they sketched in front of them to their future.
The Benefits of Art Therapy - Guide by Macfine Art | MAC FINE ART
Discussion may include how clients have handled previous situations, are handling their present situation, and thoughts about the future. Coping skills will be explored. Lost and Found Materials: Drawing paper, pastels, crayons, markers. Procedure: Ask group members to fold their paper in half.
Master of Science in Art Therapy
On one side of the paper ask clients to draw something in life they have lost. On the other side of the paper ask them to draw something in life they have found.
Examples might include: losing a friend but finding a husband, losing a job but finding a new profession. Materials: Drawing paper, pastels, crayons, markers. Goals include increasing self-awareness and self-esteem. Present and Future Materials: Drawing paper, pastels, crayons, markers. Implementing a plan of action toward recovery may be focused upon. Procedure: Ask clients to fold their paper into thirds. Characteristics such as rigidity, perfectionism and negativism may be explored. Goals include self-awareness and tolerance of others.
Memories Materials: Eight-inch diameter doilies or larger , pastels, crayons, markers. Procedure: Ask clients to fill the doily in with a beautiful memory. The lovely, intricate design of the doily lends itself to thoughts about births, marriages and other special occasions. Clients are encouraged to focus on the positive and explore methods to attain happiness and fulfillment in their lives.
Best and Worst Self Materials: Drawing paper, pastels, crayons, markers. Procedure: Direct clients to fold their paper in half and draw themselves at their best on one side of the paper and at their worst on the other side of the paper. Burdens Materials: Drawing paper, pastels, crayons, markers. Procedure: Direct group members to draw themselves with their burdens piled on their shoulders. Emphasize that the burdens may be depicted realistically or abstractly using line, shape and color. The way in which the burdens and the shoulders are depicted will assist in assessing the strength of the burdens as well as the strength of the individual.
Questions to ponder may include: 1. Frequently clients do not recognize their attributes. When they observe drawings of strong, large shoulders, for example, they often acknowledge that they have not been giving themselves credit for past achievements and strengths.
Narrow shoulders, on the other hand, may help clients understand the need to increase their emotional strength and work toward acquiring better coping skills. Procedure: Direct clients to draw things that stress them. Suggest that they may include people, places and other physical and emotional stressors in their life. It would be beneficial if clients included at least two stressors in their artwork. The artwork allows clients to view and measure their stressors in terms of significance and achievability by observing many of these factors.
Goals include examining challenges and exploring coping mechanisms. Summary of Your Life Materials: Drawing paper, pastels, crayons, markers. Procedure: Suggest that clients draw a summary of their life on a large sheet of drawing paper. They may fold the paper in thirds, fourths or sixths and depict their life in an orderly manner or create an abstraction. When clients are finished, the person sitting next to them will be given the opportunity to interpret it for the group members.