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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Baker, MA

Art Therapy Activities You Can Try At Home

A lot of people use art as a means to deal with sadness, stress and trauma. Others use it to explore their inner talent and creative voice. While other forms of therapy rely on verbal language to express thoughts and feelings, art therapy uses art media as its primary mode of communication. Keep in mind, though, that you don’t have to be an artist to enjoy the benefits of art therapy because it is focused on the process of making art rather the final product.

If you are curious and want to experience what art therapy has to offer, we encourage you to try these activities at home. These art projects encourage creativity and self-expression. Have fun!

Paint outside

Painting outdoors can be a fun and exciting way to create art. This gives you a chance to paint an interesting subject and get in touch with nature at the same time.

Consider scouting out locations in advance so you can prepare your art materials and bring the best colors that are suited for that particular scene.

Finger painting

Who says finger painting is only for kids? Adults can enjoy this activity as well. Tap into your inner child and dip your fingers into thick, brightly colored paint. Then, have fun spreading the paint around.

Draw in the dark

Not being able to see or judge your drawing can be liberating. This activity allows your logical brain to shut off for a while. Start by taping a sheet of paper on the table so it won’t budge. Just close your eyes and scribble to your heart’s desire.

Paint to music

Letting your creativity flow in response to music is a great way to freely express your feelings and emotions. It is also a great way to de-stress. Get your painting materials ready and move your hands as the rhythm dictates. You can music with lively beat, unique percussions or instrumental.

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