Art Therapy Activities and Mental Health in Children

Art therapy activities are employed by a psychotherapist to help children who have had negative life experiences, communicate their fears and state their memories.

Art therapy activities can be utilized to treat children who have been victims of mental, physical or sexual abuse. Art therapy also helps children who or are experiencing major changes in their lives.

Art therapy activities are also applied when individuals want to release stress. Art therapy is a great way to improve mental health.

Art therapy activities are used by hospitals to help children who have had to do major surgeries, or are fighting serious illness. The hospital environment can be intimidating and frightening, especially for people living with chronic illnesses.

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Art therapy activities are brought into play to help children who have to spend a lot of time in a medical environment deal with depression and other emotions through painting, dance and other art forms.

One of the hospitals that employ art therapy activities to help young patients is the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Children at Sloan-Kettering who benefit from this sort of therapy express their emotional and physical pain in a secure environment and develop their self esteem.

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Art therapy ideas can be put into practice in a number of ways. By focusing art therapy ideas on a subject such as Valentine’s Day, a therapist can explore ideas on love and relationships with children.

Tom Wesselmann, Still Life #20, mixed media, collage, 1962, Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The art therapy activities that are utilized with children utilize a number of different media. Collages and assemblages are a good way to combine a lot of different items in a work of art, which may have meaning to the children.

Assemblages and collages can incorporate items such as photographs, newspaper or magazine cuttings, pieces of clothing, old furniture and other materials. 

Art therapy ideas for children of diverse ages can be focused around sculpture, pottery, beading, photography, card making and other activities. Even cake decorating may be employed as a medium for art therapy.

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  1. very helpful, thanks for share

  2. very helpful, thanks for share

  3. very helpful

  4. good article. like

  5. Wonderful share, I really enjoyed this writing. Nicely written.

  6. Your article was very informative. I went to a festival a couple of summers ago and the people said that coloring was a good way to relieve stress and to lower blood pressure. I think that art therapy would be a good and possible creative way for kids to get through their problems.

  7. A great share in this Sharifa cheers

  8. excellent

  9. i agree with CA Johnson

  10. It surely is good for kids…nice post.

  11. great work…

  12. Thanks Webgain

  13. It does help them
    Thanks Melody

  14. Art therapy is a good communication tool for everyone. Great information Sharifa.

  15. Art therapy is a good communication tool for everyone. Great information Sharifa.

  16. I didn’t realize how beneficial art therapy is. Thanks for the informative article.

  17. These children deserve all the help they can get.

  18. Art therapy sounds wonderful. I think adults will also benefit if they spend some time on this therapy.

  19. excellent article on art therapy. thanks

  20. You’re welcome Avissado.

  21. If only our society would treat our young ones with love and respect, there wouldn’t be so many affected children in our society.

  22. Art therapy has many benefits for children. The children begin to heal with this type of therapy.

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