I am a social work student and I have to do a macro project. I am doing it over stress. It is aiming to reduce stress during midterms. I plan to host various activities that will reduce stress. I was wondering if you knew anything pertaining to art therapy? I was planning just to bring paint and letting people finger paint? any ideas would be really helpful and appreciated. thank you
Thank you for your question. That sounds like a great project!
We can brainstorm it some more if you want, but here are my initial thoughts and suggestions:
The medium you use will achieve different goals.
The looser the medium, the more likely it will be to let the people express wild emotions. So finger paint, you are going to have people either get giddy or cry.
Clay is a soothing medium. They can play with the clay endlessly in their hands, reshaping it and changing it.
Pencils and pens are more subdued. I used these with my juvenile delinquents because I wanted them to focus on the assignments I gave them, and not bring up lots of emotions.
Other mediums are collage, paints, chalk pastel, felt tip pens, watercolor, and many more.
So you choose a medium to evoke different emotions.
For the assignment, it can be anything as simple as:
Paint whatever you are feeling, thinking about.
Paint or draw how you feel when you are about to take an exam.
Paint how you want to feel after exams.
Paint your fears, paint your hopes, etc.
With the juvenile delinquents, I asked them to draw a life map, like a road map showing where they had been, where they are going.
Draw your family, draw your perpetrator (I worked with abused children).
Here is my thesis using art therapy with juveniles:
One of the appendices has a list of the creative activities I used.
If you want to discuss further, please write back. Otherwise, have fun and learn a lot!