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An artful tale

The following article was published in the December 2011 issue of the British journal “Counselling Children and Young People” under the title “An Artful Tale”. Many thanks to the editor Eleanor Patrick. Narelle Smith takes us on a (sometimes humorous) tour of her expressive arts groupwork at the local primary school. In 2005, I studied a […]

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Art activity – worry bin

Image from http://www.wasteman.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/pink_bin1.jpg In the expressive arts group, after afternoon tea, and before we get started on our artwork, I ask the children to draw their worries for the week. These are done on small coloured squares of paper. I ask the children to draw out the things that have upset, worried, angered, annoyed, or […]

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Art activity – house, tree, person

Image from http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3299/3480945074_df1f8e11d8.jpg 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, […]

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Art activity – draw yourself as a tree

Image from http://www.mandasart.com/treeperson.jpg I find that trees are very powerful images. When I was training in art therapy, I drew myself as a tree and it was one of the most incredible art experiences I have ever had. It brought out issues for me that I had been suppressing but really needed to deal with. […]

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Art activity – treasure map

Image from http://3.bp.blogspot.com Here is another activity I set for my expressive arts group… Draw a treasure map. What is the treasure? Where is it buried? How deep is it buried? What are the obstacles to getting the treasure? How do you overcome the obstacles? How do you feel when you finally get the treasure. […]

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Art activity – animals

Image from: http://www.francethisway.com/wildlife/brownbear.jpg Two art activities that I have given my expressive arts group: 1. Draw yourself as an animal. The first time I gave this activity, it was very powerful. Strong, predator type animals were chosen, and they were imposing their viciousness on the people in their environment. The second time, about a year […]

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Art activity – patchwork quilt

Image from http://www.dallasartsrevue.com/shows/Corazon/07/JR61995-Ritas.jpg I asked the children in the expressive arts group to create an image that resembled a patchwork quilt. Purpose: The purpose of the exercise was to make a connection between the warmth and comfort of a quilt and the people and things they find comforting. Many of the children in the group […]

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