Art Therapy at Home Art Therapist Videos Squiggle Activity This therapeutic art activity can be used to engage the imagination and help children loosen up and relax. The process encourages creativity when drawing and removes the fear of an empty page awaiting your artwork. Get someone to draw some squiggles on paper, or draw them yourself with your eyes closed, and then turn these squiggles into drawings by finding shapes and patterns. If you are stuck, try and find a fish! This exercise can also be a group activity with everyone contributing what they see. Get squiggling! Emotion Cards Emotion cards can help children understand what they are feeling and relay their emotions to others through art. Depicting their emotions through a fun creative process such as this, can help children become more self-aware and understand their changing moods. Our art therapist, Rachel, shows you some of the emotion cards you can make at home. Your Special Box This video shows how you can decorate and use your own special box out of everyday materials. First, make your own special box by following the guidance in our activity guide. The box can be used to keep objects and notes that make you feel better and be a special place to keep things that you find comforting. You can write down notes or feelings and keep them private and secret in your box, or share them with people you trust. You can use the box as a reminder or fill it with a special collection. How you decorate or use it is up to you, but know that the box is there for your special things that can be valued and remembered, so enjoy decorating it! Art Space It is important to give yourself a special space to create when exercising therapeutic art. It doesn't have to be a large space, just somewhere you can go to relax and focus on the artistic process. Teapot Trust Art Therapist Shelley relays some tips for creating a space of your own. Playdough Techniques Playdough not only helps develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, but can also be used to calm and relax. Follow along with Teapot Trust's art therapist Rachel as she shows you how you can relax with playdough at home. Alex's Journal This video gives you a brief introduction of how you can keep a journal at home. Watch art therapist Ruth and 13-year-old Alex explain how a journal can help express some of the thoughts and emotions you may experience. You can find more information about the benefits of journalling and other activities you can get started with in our journalling section. Therapeutic Art Materials Join art therapist Ruth, along with 10-year-old Noah and 13-year-old Alex, as they recreate a Teapot Trust Open Group setting at home to experiment with different art materials. They explore how materials like clay and paints can be used therapeutically and how you can complete soothing art activities while at home. Visual Diary Learn how you can create a visual diary in this video by art therapist Shelley. A visual diary can help you reflect about your work over time and help you create memories. Making a diary can prompt you to think about your thoughts and feelings at the time of art making, and later help you think about how you or your mood has changed over time. In this way, a visual diary can make sense of time and experience while providing a creative narrative of life. Continuous Line Drawing In this continuous line drawing activity, art therapist Megan shows how a simple line can help you understand and think about emotions. The goal is to not let the line crash into itself or jump and think of a story to go with the line. This activity helps focus and takes some concentration and control. Children can get involved in imaginative play and experience control over their line journey. Eyes Closed Drawing Drawing with your eyes closed helps ease self judgment and allows the creative process to flow. This activity encourages children to think about the feel and shape of what they want to draw, whilst concentrating on their breathing. Thinking about how the movements feel provides centering and grounding in the body, which can be helpful when feeling anxious. This activity also helps children understand control by thinking about what they can and cannot control. Storyboard Creation With this superhero storyboard creation, children can engage their imaginations, think about their surroundings, and mentally overcome any challenges they may face. Follow along with art therapist Lou as she explores with her family ways you can create your own storyboard at home. Filming in Progress Our art therapists are currently filming videos on different therapeutic art activities that you can follow along with at home. We will upload new videos periodically, so be sure to watch this space. Upcoming videos include: Paper Worlds and Phototherapy.