Creative Exploration | Art Therapy
Preparation & Materials
I recommend preparing for your session around 10-15 minutes in advance. Log into the zoom room and take time to intentionally set up your space prior to the start time of the session. This allows you to get all of your materials ready and get settled. Think of what you may want or need for your session to feel comfortable and at ease. Also consider being on the ground, versus a table. Think of where you will have enough space for your materials and computer, and what would feel comfortable or inspiring for you. My suggestions are to have the basic recommended art materials, a beverage, journal (if you have one) and tissues, in a quiet space.
Recommended Basic Materials List:
White paper (Basic printer paper size & larger sizes would be great)
Magazines for collaging
Glue (Stick or liquid is fine)
Any type of paint in multiple colours
Paint brushes (A few different sizes)
Something to draw with: Markers, pencil crayons, crayons, etc
Chalk & Oil pastels
Charcoal or graphite
Something to put water in for paint (cup, bowl)
Something to put paint on (paint palette, a plate that you don't mind getting paint on, tupperware, etc)
Cleaning supplies: Paper towel, napkins, handtowel (One for mess like paintbrushes, pastels, etc, and one for you).
Beyond Basics Materials Ideas:
Different types of paint (If you already have acrylic, maybe some watercolour)
- Yarns, strings, ribbon
- Pieces of fabric
- Coloured and patterned paper
- More collage materials: Picture books, photographs, newspaper, dictionary..
- Foam stamps
- Decorative items
- And more!
“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: "When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?”
― Gabrielle Roth