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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Magic Creation

My Magic Creation

Art Therapy Directive

1)  This directive can be used to increase self-esteem and creativity.

2)  Supplies:  Crayola Model Magic, acrylic paint, paint brushes, markers, glue, sequence, feathers, beads, scraps of ribbon and/or fabric, etc.

3)  Instructions:

* Create a sculpture of any object(s) you like.

* It can be one object, or more.

* Let it dry over night (24 hours), then paint it or use markers to add color. 

* Glue sequence, feathers, and anything that will make it special to you.

* Once your magic creation is complete, take out a piece of paper and write a story. Imagine that this item has mysteriously come in to your life and changed it.  What happens?  Use your imagination and have fun with the story.  It should be at least a paragraph long, and no longer than a single page.

* Share your story and your magical creation with the group.

3)  Follow-up Questions:

            * What object did you create?

            * What is it about your story that you like?

            * What is it about your story that you do not like?

            * If you could change your story, would you?  If yes, how?

1)  Create a mythical creature.

2)  Make a diorama out of model magic and a shoe box - to reinact a drama.

3)  Make "Dream", "Relax", and/or "Inspire" Balls.

Artist Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards

An Art Therapy Directive

            Card Stock                  Scissors                                   Glue Sticks
            Magazines                   Different decorative items                                         


            Creating art can be stressful sometimes. That is why making a “little piece of art” may not be so overwhelming. In this directive you will decorate a baseball-sized card that you can trade with your friends, family, or even acquaintances from around the world.


            Take the card stock and cut it in to rectangles of 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches (63 mm X 89 mm). On one side, glue images from magazines for a collage or paint/draw what you would like; creating a little piece of art. On the back side, give the card a “Title” at the top, and then a description of what the card means to you, under the title. Personalize the theme so that it is something special or important to you. Finish the card by placing your signature at the bottom, along with the date. Either keep the card for your personal collection or trade it with someone else who is doing trading cards also.

Reflection/Processing Questions:

1)  What was it like to create your own little piece of art work?

2)  How does it feel to be able to trade it with someone that appreciates your art creation?

3)  What sorts of ideas do you have for your next artist trading card?

Expressive Outcome Possibilities:

1)  Person(s) will be able to be creative and expressive.

2)  Person(s) will be able to explore and experience different art media.

3)  Person(s) will be able to increase their sense of self-worth and value.

4)  Person(s) will be able to connect with others and reach out in healthy ways to share.

Web-sites to Check Out:

Disney’s Family Fun - http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/artist-trading-cards-1022750/

Shrinky Dink Directives

Shrinky Dink Directives
An Art Therapy Directive

Media Exploration & Intervention Plan


            Part I: 
                        Shrinky Dinks sheets
                        Scissors or some other cutting device

                        Metal Tray to place Shrinky Dinks after cutting
                        Conventional Oven

            Part II:  (Coloring/Decorating the shrunken items)

                        Permanent Markers
                        Any paint, etc, that is not water based (acrylics, etc)
                        Colored Pencils
                        Sequence, Feathers, and other decorative items
Yarn or String to hang or decorate


            Nearly any population             Families                       Physically Ill
            Children                                  Individuals                   Younger populations
            Adolescents                            Trauma and abuse
Number of Sessions:   Can be done in 1 session, or two.
            Part I:  Cut out the objects or symbols you would like from the Shrinky Dink Sheets.  Make designs on the Shrinky Dink Paper with colored Pencils. Place in oven and follow instructions for cooking time.  Take out and let cool off.

            Part II:  After shrunken objects have cooled, decorate as you wish!

Making objects with Shrinky Dinks can be useful in communicating how problems can shrink, or get smaller.  They can also be used for self-symbols and/or how they are feeling for that day/time.

Suggestions for Directives:

1)  Ask the client to create a personal symbol.
2)  Have the client create an image that symbolizes an issue he/she would like to "shrink".
3)  Make some images that would look good on earrings or other jewelry, to increase self-esteem.


   1.  Person(s) will learn to follow instructions to make the Shrinky Dink objects, cooking them correctly for final product.
   2.  Person(s) will learn to use Shrinky Dink to create their own visual representations of problems getting smaller, more manageable.  Conversations for techniques to use can be discussed.
   3.  Person(s) will also make their own “self-images” that can represent how they would like the world to see him/her.  This object will be seen as representation of their own ability to portray positive/healthy ways to interact with people.

            Part I: 

1) Have a conversation about what self-image is and what they feel their
self-image might be.

 2) You may ask the client(s) to write down a few ideas he/she has for what his/her self-image could be.

  3) Have him/her, or take a few moments to think of the self-image that best resonates with him/her.  You can also suggest that he/she allow the image to unfold without trying to plan it out ahead of time.

  4) Have the client(s) make the self-image (and/or feeling symbol or symbol for his/her problem(s)) by introducing the Shrinky Dink sheets and asking him/her to follow the instructions and ask for help when/if needed.

Part II:

- Next, once the Shrinky Dinks have cooled, introduce the decorative materials and have him/her use whatever materials he/she would like to finish making his/her self-image/feeling symbol/problem symbol.

Expressive Outcome Possibilities:

            1)  Person(s) will be able to be creative and expressive.

            2)  Person(s) will be able to explore and experience different art media.

            3)  Person(s) will be able to become more aware of themselves/their feelings/emotions.

            4)  Person(s) will be able to become aware of and then explore their wants and needs.

Adaptation(s) to be used with Different Populations:

            1)  With young children, you will have to be in charge of the cooking and cooling process of the Shrinky Dink materials.

            2)  For those populations with cerebral palsy (or any other muscle retardation disease) you may consider having a partner who can act as their hands.

            3)  You can make the issues as big or small determinate on what the client is prepared to share and/or deal with.
Group Processing Questions:
            1)  What is a “self-image”?

            2)  What is a problem you might like to see shrunk?

            3)  Can you think of an image that might communicate how you are feeling today?

            4)  How could you “shrink” down one of your problems today?

            5)  Do you like your self-image or would you want to change it?

            6)  What would you change your self-image to, if you could change it?

Stress Dolls

Stress Dolls
(Otherwise known as a “Dang-it Doll”)
Art Therapy Directive

            Yarn or string                                      Scissors

            Wooden frame or Stick                       Colorful Pipe Cleaners
            Paper                                                   Elmer’s Glue or Glue Gun

            Pens or Markers
            Sometimes we get “stressed out”. Life can be busy and full of challenges. We may begin to feel like we have no way to relax or reduce the tension that builds up during the day. This activity is designed to help reduce stress and is done through making a “Stress Doll”. Instead of holding the stress, you get to take it out on the doll. This is done through manipulating it, playing with it, or just pounding it on the table.
            Take the wooden stick and create a body shape using the pipe cleaners for arms and legs. Begin to wrap the body with the string or yarn you have. Create a shirt, skirt/pants, and hair. Cut out a circle from the paper and draw a face on it. Glue the face to the head of the doll. Add whatever details you would like that will give the doll the personality you want.

Reflection/Processing Questions:
1)  What are the issues that the doll represents?

2)  How does it feel to be able to take out your frustrations on the doll?

3)  How is taking your feelings out on the doll ok, versus taking your feelings out on other people?

4)  What would be other helpful ways for you to let go of your stress/anger/frustration?

Expressive Outcome Possibilities:

1)  Person(s) will be able to be creative and expressive.

2)  Person(s) will be able to explore and experience different art media.

3)  Person(s) will be able to become more aware of themselves and how to deal with negative emotions in healthy ways.

Web-Sites to Check Out:
How to Make Stress Dolls - http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Stress-Doll