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Essential Art Therapy Exercises: Effective Techniques to Manage Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD Paperback – March 31, 2020
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SAMPLE EXERCISE: Emotional Landscape
Prep Time: 5 Minutes // Exercise Time: 45 Minutes
An emotional landscape is a metaphor for how you feel. This is an opportunity to explore your feelings in a symbolic way. How do your current emotions translate into a scene?
- Consider what feelings and emotions are with you at this moment. Think of a landscape that would visually represent your current mood.
- On the paper, use a pencil to sketch the landscape you’ve visualized.
- With a paintbrush, use the watercolors to add blocks of color to your landscape. You can choose to dip your paintbrush in the water to change colors, or to make a particular color lighter or darker.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
- Does your painting speak to the emotions you’re feeling at this moment?
- How long have you been feeling this way?
- If you could shrink in size and jump into your painting, where would you land in the image?
- Is there a message in your painting?
- 1 Sheet of 18"x24" Heavyweight Drawing Paper
- Drawing Pencil
- Cup of Water
“Leah Guzman has crafted a book of innovative art therapy resources for therapists and other mental health professions to engage clients in healthy artistic processes. Based on her vast experience with children, teens, and adults, she offers numerous art practices divided into chapters dedicated to specific art materials. Each technique includes goals, art materials, directions, and questions for discussion. Art experiences are carefully developed to help individuals engage in creative processes for coping with the devastating effects of some of today’s most common emotional concerns. This inspired and thoughtful book is an essential resource for those practicing art therapy today.” ―Marcia L. Rosal, PhD, ATR-BC, Professor Emerita
“Leah Guzman's Essential Art Therapy Exercises is a treasure chest of transformational tools. This book will make your life better!” ―Laura Hollick, founder of Soul Art Studio Inc., creator of the Soul Art Certification
About the Author
LEAH GUZMAN is a professional artist and a board-certified art therapist with a master’s degree in art education. She has been practicing art psychotherapy for 17 years, working in schools, hospitals, crisis shelters, jails, retirement homes, and more. Her mission is to show people how creativity can help them heal.
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The book has a brief and decent description of art therapy in the beginning of the book, but the majority of the book is given over to specific art therapy project ideas. There is a huge variety of projects broken into drawing and painting, Digital and photography, Writing, Scupture, etc. There is something for everyone and a good excuse to break into new genres. They usually suggest and hour which has been good for us to do one or two a day (when it is snowy and cold outside.) We are especially looking forward to the nature installation of found items. Once it warms up again we are going to do a hike for inspiration and materials.
The book is lightly illustrated, I'm guessing to keep your options open to whatever you can come up with rather than to match an example. Love this book!
The book starts with a brief background on art therapy, how it works and the benefits of it. Then it gets into the exercises. As far as the exercises go, they are easy to follow. True purpose and direction is easy to understand. I enjoy the photos throughout the book as well, really beautiful.
Overall I am happy with this book and will enjoy going through some of these exercises, especially on overwhelming days where I need a creative outlet. Thanks for reading this and please do let me know if this is helpful by clicking on the helpful button below, and feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or would like to see additional pictures and I will do my best to answer it. Thank you, cheers. Cass
(I generally include pictures, but the system is not allowing pictures to be uploaded now. I will add those in the future as I am able.)
This was an interesting book that both talked about the theory of art therapy as well as included two dozen practical exercises. I liked it. The book is nicely laid out. It could have used several more illustrations and pictures, but that might have driven up the cost of the book.
According to the book, there are two aspects to art therapy. One is addressing the patient's feelings of pride and accomplishment by empowering him or her through creating cool pieces of art. The second aspect is having the patient create art on particular topics and then *interpreting* the art to better the understand the state of the patient's psyche.
If you are a dyed-in-the-wool believer in the current psychological evaluation and treatment regimens then you will applaud this book and buy into it wholly.
If you are skeptical of our general ability to understand the depths of someone's soul from a picture of a box and a mouth-less face then this book is not going to convince you of the veracity of the approach.
All in all, it is a good book worth a look if you are a practicing therapist or you are a caretaker for someone that is struggling.