Collage Words To Live BY

Art Therapy Options

Hello OLG families, when was the last time you picked up a pencil, crayon or paintbrush?  Maybe it’s been a while, but what about the last time you doodled on a notebook during a class or meeting?

For many of us, when we think of art, we may tend to think it’s perhaps not for us.  Perhaps you think you aren’t very creative, but there’s more to it than just being good at drawing.

Allowing our brains the freedom for some free expression, even by doodling, can have a wonderful impact on how we process, retain, and share information. 

To participate in art therapy, you do not need any prior experience with art or a ‘natural’ artistic ability. The process itself is one of exploration with no ‘wrongs’ and no ‘rights.’ The practice allows each individual to use creative activities in ways that support them best without judgment.

Art Therapy Can Be Used To:

Improve Cognition, Improve Sensory-Motor Function, Cultivate Emotional Resilience, Foster Self-Awareness, Foster Self-Esteem, Promote Insight, Enhance Social Skills, Reduce Conflict

Collage Words to Live By

People in general can be vulnerable to judgmental environments where they don’t feel they can be themselves. For this reason, it’s essential for our children/students to identify their core values and identify who they think they are.  The ‘Words to Live By’ activity helps our younger population to visualize their core values through creative collage. Here’s how to start this activity:

Supply Options: Old magazines, newspapers, picture books, scrap paper

            crayons, colored pens and pencils,  scissors and glue, paper, cardboard

Begin by :

  1. Take a moment to reflect on individual core values. What are some of the things you feel strongly about or what do you feel good about when they see how other people behave.  Take a mindful minute. Start by closing your eyes and turn your focus to your breath. Now think about the words associated with your values allow them to freely flow.  What are these words? What are the related images or colors and shapes you feel connected to these words?
  2. Once you feel ready, begin selecting images, words, phrases, or colors from magazines and newspapers. Gather images and compile a collage that reflects words to live by. This can be image-based, or entirely abstract; it’s all about how words make you feel.

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