Art Therapy Training Online Course Content
Section 1. Introduction to Art Therapy Training Online Course
So what is art therapy and the therapeutic properties associated with creating art?
How this form of self expression can help us form better relationships and communicate with other people in a more positive way.
How to use art as a self healing tool.
How to use art as a way of active meditation.
We take a look at the different ways in which we can express ourselves through art.
We gain an insight into the role played by an art therapist, including how they interpret non verbal communication and why some people may work with an art therapist.
Some of the basic essentials that are needed in order to create art, just some paper and a few pencils is all thats needed to get you started.
Section 2. Introduction to Art Therapy Training Online Course – Self Exploration
We begin section two with ways in which we use art to express ourselves and also as a way of self healing.
The physical and emotional benefits of art expression.
Creating your image diary (spontaneous), and your vision board.
Learn how to relax by simply creating a scribble drawing, a very effective stress reliever.
Two great exercises for understanding how you are feeling, are the wheel of emotion and painting your emotions. Through the wheel of emotion you can clearly see how colours relate to feelings and by painting your emotions you will gain an understanding of how your feelings influence the art that you create.
Creating affirmation cards for yourself is a great positive step in recognising how wonderful you are. This is an important step in changing negative unhelpful beliefs you may have about yourself, into an increased self esteem that turn into positive actions and feelings of self.
Another good activity for self esteem and acceptance is to write a letter of love to yourself.
Writing a letter to your pain is a fantastic way of addressing certain feelings that you may have difficulty dealing with.
Painting a portrait of yourself in a non judgemental way is brilliant for altering critical or negative thoughts about yourself whenever you see your own reflection.
Having a deeper awareness of yourself can be achieved by creating masks, an inner mask, which displays what we show only to a few people and an outer mask, the side we show to the majority.
Staying with self awareness, we create for ourselves a soothing images folder. Using images that relate to pleasant memories created through all the senses, you can create new positive sensations whenever you need them just by looking through your folder.
There are clever activities which help you discover deeper feelings in order to explore them further. These feelings can communicate through art you create.
Meditative painting is an active form of meditation that brings both mind and body together. As with more traditional styles of meditation, meditative painting is equally beneficial.
Section 3. Art Activities for Fun and Enjoyment
Section three of this art therapy training online course is packed full of activities that are just fun to do and bring great enjoyment.
You will find all the more familiar types of art in this section, like still life using pencil shading techniques as well as creating still life using chalks and charcoals. There are activities in creating different shading techniques as well as making your own shading guide using pencils. Contour drawing is a great way of putting onto paper what you can see with your eye rather than drawing what the eye thinks it can see.
Using pen and ink, line, different shapes and textures is a fantastic exercise in order to understand visual representation of natural everyday objects like flowers, landscape, trees etc and then to transfer this vision onto paper.
Mandalas are amazing designs that at first appear very complicated, but are in fact quite easy to create. Creating these amazing designs is a form of active meditation and colouring them in is such a therapeutic, rewarding exercise.
Zentangles are brilliant little designs that you can create anytime and anywhere and like with mandalas are also a form of active meditation.
Section 4. Family Bonding and Art Therapy
The final section of this art therapy training online course is using art therapy for family bonding. Art is the perfect tool for resolving many issues within a family. The dynamics within families can often be a challenge and art is a great way of bringing everybody together, helping resolve some of the issues or conflicts that may be existing.
Accessing our inner child, this is a brilliant activity for achieving a state of non judgement, just like when we were little. Once back in a state of non judgement, we are able to freely express ourselves in the art that we create.
There are two activities involving face painting. Here we learn how to paint a face of a tiger as well as a clown, these are such fun.
Other activities in this final section for art therapy training online course includes making designs using chalks and string, very messy but lots of fun. There are activities using fabrics, clay and other materials. Clay is an excellent material that is very therapeutic to use. There is also an activity to create your own piñata, every step from concept to the final demolition of this activity is so enjoyable.
Creative writing is such an amazing exercise, you are free to let your imagination run riot. What better way to express how you are feeling than to do it through different characters that come from imagination.