This month the Hildegard Center for the Arts published an inspiring, free resource of art-based ideas chock full of creative goodness called Art Bridges— Definitely a great collection (over 70 downloadable PDFs!) for art therapists to use with their groups or individuals, as well as teachers or anyone interested in creative enrichment with youth!
Some of the ideas were contributed by members of the art therapy community- including myself- I was delighted to be invited to add a favorite gratitude art idea that I featured on this blog in 2012. Since this post’s original publishing, I’ve used this idea with youth & women I’ve worked with in shelter- as a creative, affirming way to explore the concept of thankfulness in their own lives. Often instead of making leaf shaped “blessing tags”, we would make different size and colored hearts to write on and hang from the mason jar’s branches. It was a great community piece– the tree kept “growing” with new additions as more people add to it. Others can also read the reflections previously shared.
The Art Bridges resource also suggests that therapists could also use the idea as a Courage or Healing Tree… a great idea that I may introduce into one of my groups!
Thank you Hildegard Center for the Arts for putting this resource together and making it so accessible to us all! 🙂