Art activity – house, tree, person

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The house-tree-person drawing is a psychological test available to psychologists and art therapists for analysis of a person’s traits. As I was trained in the British tradition of art therapy I don’t do any diagnosis or analysis. The best person to interpret someone’s artwork is the artist herself.

Traditionally, the house, tree, and person are drawn sequentially and on separate pieces of paper. When I gave this activity to my expressive arts group, I said they can draw them on separate pages, divide an A3 page into three sections and draw each object in a section, or draw them all together. Most children chose to draw the house, tree, and person all together in the one scene.

The artists’ decision to draw the objects separate or together affects how the artist interacts with the activity and thus changes the outcome. Give it a try – draw the objects separately, and then draw them together (maybe on separate days to provide some space) and see if there’s a difference.

This post has been transferred from another blog, and backdated to its original posting date. I’m sorting through all of my blogs and putting things where they belong.

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About Narelle Smith

Child & Family Worker

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