Art Therapy: Drawing, Painting and Self-Exploration (Part 1)

Art and Colouring for Adults - The Healing Process of Art Therapy
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

FULLY ACCREDITED ART THERAPY DIPLOMA

Art Therapy: Online Art Therapy Course

This course is fully accredited by a globally recognized CPD body, the Continuing Professional Development Standards Agency. 

Taking this course will give you the opportunity to gain a diploma signifying formal certification for 10 hours of CPD credit. 

Please note, accreditation is optional. It is by no means compulsory, or a prerequisite for taking the course. Degree requirements vary based on the position you pursue and the area in which you reside or work. Should you wish to opt for accreditation and the diploma, full details and directions will be given at the end of the course. 

This is the first in the series of my art therapy courses, and can be enjoyed by everyone and by all ages.

You don't need to be a great artist, or indeed consider yourself to be particularly creative. All you need is an imagination and an open mind to get the most from this art therapy course.

We also offer an exclusive support service to Udemy students. On enrolment, you'll be given access to a fully supported learning experience which extends to personal support via email with the course creator, Libby Seery. As previously stated, this is a bespoke service available to Udemy students only.

This art therapy online course is self paced and offers you complete flexibility. Choose to study at a time and place that suits you, safe in the knowledge that help is always at hand.

Within this art therapy online course, you'll find a section on self exploration and healing painful emotions, as well as a section for pure enjoyment and recreation. You'll also find a section on therapeutic art for family bonding. This is great for better communication and an appreciation for each other, as you learn and create with one another.

Art and the therapeutic creative process of creating art, can be incredibly useful for children who may have experienced bullying or trauma and can provide a safe sanctuary to share our feelings and emotions.

Art therapy can be described as being an expressive and creative, form of therapy.

The therapeutic, creative process of self expression, can improve our physical and mental health, as well as our emotional well being.

  • It helps us to manage our feelings in a more positive way
  • Can give us the confidence to address and resolve issues from the past and present
  • Increase self esteem and develop a greater self awareness

Creating art through art therapy, provides an outlet to express yourself freely, which will encourage and promote a healthier, happier life.

Did you know that colouring-in books for adults are outselling cook books? Colouring-in for just twenty minutes a day, can bring you enormous benefits, including:

  • A more relaxed state of mind
  • Lowering stress hormones
  • Help with insomnia

Art Therapy may sound a bit daunting, especially if you believe yourself not to be particularly artistic or creative. However, this need not be an issue, as the purpose of art is simply to express, and not to judge, or compare.

Art should be an extension of how you're feeling, and for that you are your own expert.

With over 50 exercises and activities, here are just a few included in this art therapy online course:

  • Scribble drawing for relaxation
  • Art Journalling
  • Collages
  • Create your own healing comic strip
  • Becoming your own superhero
  • Writing your pain a letter
  • A healing postcard
  • Spontaneous image diary
  • Affirmations cards
  • Keeping a gratitude jar
  • Create your own colour wheel
  • Painting your emotions
  • Exploring our inner and outer self
  • Meditative painting
  • Self soothing images
  • Creating your future with a vision board
  • Colour Psychology
  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • Self body state using watercolours
  • Create your own emotions wheel
  • Zentangles and mandalas
  • Accessing your inner child
  • Creative writing
  • The "About Me" Cube
  • A family is a kingdom
  • My "good Well-Being" teapot

There's also some super fun things to enjoy with younger ones, like face painting and creating your own pinata.

What are the requirements?

  • The perfect thing about this course is that no prior experience or knowledge is required.
  • The only thing you will need, is an imagination and an open mind!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Explore facets of your personality you never knew existed
  • Use art as a means of self expression
  • Create art without judgement
  • Create art as a means for self healing and self discovery
  • Enjoy art as a family bonding exercise
  • Build on your self esteem and increase your confidence levels
  • Use art as a means of relaxation and to unwind
  • Enjoy the benefits that creative art brings to our emotional and physical well being
  • Use art for the purpose of active meditation
  • Learn many different techniques to use art for pure enjoyment and recreation
  • Create Mandalas and Zentangles

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who enjoys art
  • Anyone who likes to be creative
  • The course is suitable for everyone and can be used with the whole family as a family bonding experience
  • Those people who would like to work on their self esteem and their self confidence
  • People who would like to express themselves better
  • Those people who would like to try active meditation using art
  • People who may be recovering from trauma or illness
  • People who would like to be introduced to a wide range of art approaches

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Curriculum

Section 1: About Art Therapy
06:28

We get to learn what art therapy is and how it can help us.

Being creative is a form of self expression and can help us to communicate better and enhance relationships.

As well as being a tool for self healing, art can be used as an active form of meditation.

06:36

This lecture is taken from my new art therapy diploma course, Art Therapy Course - Part 2

This is a wonderful exercise that will help you gain an understanding of colour and how to mix colours in order to get the exact one you're looking for. Create a colour wheel is suitable for all ages, however younger ones might need some adult guidance. Be sure to access the available resources in the downloads section of this lecture.

I've also included a resource which shares with you how I use this activity with clients in my own clinics.

How I Use Create a Colour Wheel With my Clients
04:39
04:53

Zentangles are abstract drawings, realised from repetitive structured patterns.

Creating these wonderful abstract drawings is an enjoyable experience that anybody can do, however, younger ones might need some adult guidance.

Like mandalas, creating Zentangles is a form of active meditation. It affords you many benefits, including helping you to relax, and reducing stress levels.

Be sure to access the available resources in the downloads section of this lecture.

How I Use Zentangles
02:53
06:39

Colour perception is subjective, and how we’re influenced by colour differs from person to person. Gain an understanding of how different colours evoke different emotions within us. You’ll also learn what colours are generally associated with which emotions. There’s also a couple of resources in the downloads section, for you to create your own psychology of colours, and what they mean to you. This lecture is more suitable for adults.

How I Use Psychology of Colour
05:42
01:23

This is taken from my second Art Therapy Diploma Course, Art Therapy Course - Part 2

Here you'll embark on some self-exploration using watercolours. Together with some interesting questions you'll be able to visualise your body state and how you're feeling. This lecture is more suitable for adults.

Be sure to access the available resources in the downloads section of this lecture.


How I Use Self Body State Using Watercolours
04:26
01:36

Creating a vision board is a great exercise to document what you want for your life.

By way of imagery, you are able to display exactly what you want for your future. By looking at images that represent your future, and based on the law of attraction, you will bring into your life the things you think about the most. This lecture is more suitable for adults.

How I Use Vision Boards With my Clients
04:50
02:29

Creating your own emotion wheel is a great visual image to help you understand and remember how emotions are connected.

With the resources available in the downloads section of this lecture, we get you started on exploring what different colours mean to you and how they correspond to your emotions and feelings. This exercise is suitable for all ages, and is great for family bonding too.  You'll also find a PDF in which I share the way I use the emotions wheel in my own clinics with my clients.

How I Use the Emotions Wheel With my Clients
03:56
02:41

This is a self exploration exercise, helping you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself.

It'll also help reveal emotions and feelings, that are being communicated through the art that you've created.

Ask yourself questions about your work and about the art. Rather than thinking about the images and their meaning, think about the feelings that they communicate. This is a great exercise for all ages, however, younger ones might need some guidance.

How I Use Explore Your Deeper Feelings
05:29
04:25

This is a perfect way to try active meditation.

Mandalas are simply magical to create. Although they look really complicated, they are as easy or as complex as you want them to be.

Drawing and colouring-in a mandala, can be very therapeutic.

You can design a mandala to symbolise a state of mind that you would like to achieve.

Creating Mandalas can be enjoyed by everyone, however, younger ones might need some adult guidance.

Be sure to access the resource available in the downloads section of this lecture.

How I Use Creating Mandalas With my Clients
05:18
04:19

This lecture is taken from my new art therapy diploma course. 

Maslow's hierarchy of needs is an amazing versatile tool, that has now made the transition from the therapy room to public services and the business world. Use this creatively to determine your needs and prioritise them. This lecture is more suitable for adults.

Be sure to access the resource available in the downloads section of this lecture.


How I Use Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
04:24
01:10

This is a wonderful exercise, for understanding the dynamics within a family, and to get a sense of how each family member contributes to the family unit, and also how each family member views their role. This exercise helps with improving communication between family members, as well as giving each person their own voice. This exercise can also help with improving self esteem. This exercise is suitable for all ages.

Be sure to access the available resources in the downloads section of this lecture.

How I Use Every Family is a Kingdom
06:09
Section 2: Doodle Art
02:16

Learn about this amazing calming, creative process, that can be enjoyed by all.

Introducing Doodling to my Clients
02:27
04:29

Grab some essentials (pen and paper) and begin practicing this active meditation, it only takes a few minutes.

Using Doodle Art for Recalling Information
02:21
04:26

Practice some of the most popular patterns created in basic level doodle art, including flows, petals, hearts, parquet and rays.

Using Doodle Art to Help Achieve Mindfulness
01:50
04:34

Now you'll be able to step it up a notch, by practicing patterns such as rope, specula, baca, shell, tufted and octopus.

Using Doodle Art to Foster Creativity & Enjoyment
02:19
Section 3: Therapeutic Art And Self Explorartion
00:42

In this introduction to section two, we'll be looking at ways in which to use art for self expression and as a tool for healing.

We'll also be covering the endless benefits that expressive art can bring to our emotional and physical well being.

01:47

This is a great exercise for confronting difficult emotions, feelings that cause you hurt or make you feel upset. This exercise is suitable for all ages, however, It’s especially beneficial for younger people struggling with confidence issues to be themselves.

Be sure to access the available resources in the downloads section of this lecture.

How I Use the Superheroes Exercise
04:07
01:17

This exercise is aimed at reducing the power of intense feelings you may have, surrounding a particular situation. This exercise is more suitable for adults. Be sure to access the resource available in the downloads section of this lecture.

How I Use Healing Postcards With my Clients
03:18
03:07

This scribble drawing is so simple but can offer the perfect escape for us to relax and unwind, relieve stress and lower anxiety. We can spend as little or as much time as we wish on this exercise, depending on your mood! Scribble drawing is suitable for all ages.

03:08

This is a neat little activity that encourages self expression and offers an opportunity for self awareness. It's suitable for all ages, however, younger ones might need some adult guidance.

How I Use Spontaneous Image Diary.mp4
02:38
01:30

Affirmation cards help develop our self esteem and increase confidence.

Expressing positive thoughts about yourself will naturally reduce any negatives ones you may have.

Doing this regularly will help replace any negative, self limiting beliefs you may have, and in turn have a positive impact on your actions and how you feel about yourself. Creating affirmation cards is suitable for all ages.

There's also a resource available in the downloads section of this lecture.


01:37

This might sound a bit strange, but in fact it's a wonderful exercise and can be used at times when you need a little TLC.

It is especially good for those people wanting to work on their self esteem and self acceptance.

Its an exercise in appreciation and love towards yourself, and is more suitable for adults.

There's also a resource available in the downloads section of this lecture.


How I Use Write Yourself a Love Letter & Write Your Pain a Letter
03:21
04:00

This activity is about creating art, based on your feelings.

It will help you gain an understanding of how your emotions influence your creativity when you are making art.

Although this art therapy exercise is a simple activity, it engages your intuition.

Reasons I Like to Introduce my Clients to Paint Your Emotions
04:02
Article

This lecture is about giving thought to all the things we're grateful for and what matter to us most.

In the downloadable section, you'll find a "I'm Grateful For" mandala template, as well as an example of how to complete it.

It's incredibly simple to do but can serve as a healthy reminder to remember why it's great being you!

This exercise is suitable for all ages.

05:10

Art journalling affords you an array of benefits, including the therapeutic process of creating and using various materials, develop your self awareness, gain a deeper understanding of yourself. You’ll also discover how events, situations and life experiences have shaped you and continue to shape you. Art journalling is suitable for everybody.

How I Use Art Journalling With my Clients
07:31
02:11

For some people, emotions can be so challenging that they find it difficult to face them and this in turn can create issues of their own.

This activity affords you a safe way to honour your painful emotions. You can do this at a pace that suits you and that you feel comfortable with. This exercise is more suitable for adults.

Article

As we all know a nice cup of tea makes everything better!  This exercise is about creating a "Good Well-Being" teapot collage. Find as many images or photos that make you feel great and warm inside and arrange them so they are pouring from your "Well-Being" teapot!

In the downloadable section, you'll find some blank teapots ready for you to use and I've even included an example of my very own template, to inspire you! This activity is suitable for all ages.

00:55

This activity is aimed at reminding ourselves of all the positive things in our lives, so if we're ever in need of a little pick me up, we can reflect on our grateful jar. This exercise is suitable for all ages.

There's also a resource available in the downloads section of this lecture.

05:48

In a world that is so obsessed with body image it is no wonder we can have hang ups about our physical appearance.

This is a great exercise that helps you become more comfortable looking at yourself.

By practising non judgement, you can alleviate some of the critical thoughts towards yourself when looking at your reflection. This activity can be enjoyed by all ages.

There's also a resource available in the downloads section of this lecture.


How I Use Painting a Self-Portrait
05:02
03:06

This is a super fun activity involving creating face masks for the purpose of self exploration and self analysis.

It can be important for us to recognise what we show of ourselves and what we keep private, and understand why this is.

Over time, and as you progress through the course, you will build on your self esteem and confidence, and often this results in sharing more of yourself with the rest of the world. Its great for enhancing relationships and improving communication in general. This exercise is suitable for all ages.

Be sure to access the available resources in the downloads section of this lecture.


How I Use Our Inner & Outer self With my Clients
02:15
Article

What's Stopping You?

It's a question we probably ask ourself from time to time.  

Is there something that you'd really like to achieve but self limiting beliefs are holding you back?

If you write it down or bring it to life in someway, chances are, you'll also develop a way round any obstacles or self doubt you might have. Use the resources in the download section to think about what it is that's stopping you and what you need to overcome the hurdles.

This exercise is more suitable for adults.

02:16

As it sounds, its a wonderful activity, designed to deliver a massive bowl of TLC.

This art therapy exercise, uses images to self soothe and create positive sensations.

Through self awareness we are able to regard all those pleasant experiences, realised through our senses.

There's also a resource available in the downloads section of this lecture.

This exercise is suitable for all ages.


How I Use Self-Soothing Images Folder
02:39
01:03

Creating your own comic strip is great fun, and an ideal way of diffusing heightened emotions, and lessening anxieties.

This exercise can be beneficial when working through difficult emotions and challenging issues.

In the downloads section there’s some blank comic strip templates to help get you started.

This exercise is suitable for all ages.

How I Use Creating Your Own Comic Strip
04:15
20 pages

Meditative painting for the body and mind - Your body and mind is a two way, expressive channel that you can use to your benefit.

A desired state can be achieved by releasing negative feeling, by way of painting to express what you are feeling. You can also bring in positive, healing energy from the paintings you create. 

 It's suitable for all ages, however, younger ones might need some adult guidance.

There's also a resource available in the downloads section of this lecture.

01:06

This is a great exercise to use with children, or as a family bonding session. It helps with identifying positive qualities we all have, promoting self awareness and raising self confidence. 

This activity is suitable for all ages.

There's also a resource available in the downloads section of this lecture.


02:24

This is a great exercise where you can write some words of encouragement and wisdom to your younger self!

Be sure to access the available resources in the downloads section of this lecture.

This exercise is more suitable for adults. 


How I Use Writing a Letter to Your Younger Self
02:43
Section 4: Art For Pure Enjoyment
03:10

This activity involves the therapeutic process of creating and drawing of natural objects, like trees, grass and flowers.

This activity helps gain skills of visual representation of an object, and transfer that vision to paper. Texture, line and shape, will help you do this. 

This exercise is suitable for all ages.

Be sure to access the available resources in the downloads section of this lecture.

03:35

As we know, there are many aspects to this creative process.

Drawing still life is extremely calming and puts us in a great state of mind. Everything from building our composition (arranging our objects), to considering all the contours, lines, shape, and shading.

Don't worry about the end result. Still life is about how you see an object, not anyone else.

01:56

This art therapy exercise, teaches the classic still life drawing method, using toned paper, charcoal and chalk.

This tried and tested method of still life drawing gives an understanding of the concept of parallel line shading.

You will gain an awareness of still life as related objects, as well as the concept of repetition of shape within a composition (arrangement, layout). Suitable for all ages.

01:12

This art activity teaches the eye to draw what it sees, not what it thinks it sees.

As you draw, keep your eye on the object that you are drawing, and not on your hand.

Suitable for all ages.

Section 5: Therapeutic Art For Family Bonding
01:47

This section is all about art that you can enjoy with the family. There is something for everyone and you'll be reminded that creativity is for everyone - not just the young!

Family dynamics can often be challenging. Art can be one way of bringing everyone together, and help to address any conflicts that may exist in the home.

Its great for children who may be experiencing bullying or have suffered emotional trauma.

Suitable for all ages.

02:17

This exercise helps us to access our inner child and enter a world where we feel more comfortable with ourselves, totally absent of judgement.

We all have within us, an inner child! 

This exercise is suitable for all ages.

Be sure to access the available resources in the downloads section of this lecture.

How I Use Accessing Your Inner Child
02:35
03:13

This art therapy activity is a whole lot of fun!

Traditionally face painting is for actors in theatre, or for children having fun days out.

This doesn't mean that we can't break with tradition and paint our own faces.

Suitable for all, however, younger ones might need adult guidance. 

Be sure to access the blank clown faces templates in the downloads section of this lecture.

9 pages

Learn how to roar with a tiger face!

This exercise is great for family bonding and can be enjoyed by everyone - young and old, however, younger ones might need adult guidance. Be sure to access the resources in the downloads section of this lecture.

01:50

This is messy but is great fun.

This activity is all about creating beautiful works of art, using just chalks and string.

This creative process provides an experience that is both therapeutic in its creation and in the way you use the materials.

A chalk line is a length of string, covered with chalk. This string is stretched tightly across to points of a surface, pulled up and snapped down. The result is wonderful! Suitable for all ages.

01:10

A great way of using up any spare fabrics, such as yarn, cotton or wool, is to create a fabric assemblage.

You can spend as little or as long as you want on creating your art piece. Be sure to hang your creation somewhere where it'll be seen and enjoyed by you everyday! Suitable for all ages.

10 pages

Working with clay is a very therapeutic process, that can help with healing.

Clay is a wonderful sculpting material, that is a joy to work with.

This activity involves making a head out of clay, but you can make anything you desire. The clay used is a self hardening clay and doesn't require an oven.

Suitable for all ages, however, younger ones might need adult guidance.

9 pages

Why buy a pinata when you can make your own?

Spend some family time and create a fantastic party piece for all your guests to enjoy. Fill your pinata with whatever treats you wish. You could even fill it with jokes and forfeits to get the party started!

Suitable for all ages, however, younger ones might need adult guidance.

13 pages

This is truly magical and can be enjoyed by adults too!

Imagine creating your own fairytale? Well, now you can. Bring to life all the characters you've always wanted to be and get to live in your own castle, with this creative writing exercise.

Why not create a book that contains a collection of fairytales?

In the downloadable resources, you'll find plenty of inspiration for characters and backdrops.

Suitable for adults. Be sure to access the resource in the downloads section of this lecture.


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Instructor Biography

Libby Seery, Founder of Renaissance Life Therapies

LIBBY SEERY - Founder of Renaissance Life Therapies

Online Counselling and Psychotherapy: Specialist in the Therapeutic Use of Technology (BACP Endorsed)

I am a Psychotherapist, Counsellor, and Therapeutic Life Coach.

I run a very successful practice in Harley Street, London which is recognised the world over as a centre of medical excellence.

I am a highly trained specialist with a wealth of experience, working with people from all walks of life; including referrals from charities I'm involved in, to very high profile clients from all over the world.

I am also the founder of Renaissance Life Therapies Training Academy, offering a number of courses in counselling, CBT and life coaching.

As well as my client work, I have had a number of works published and have appeared on TV and radio.

I also write and lecture in my subject, as well as training other doctors and counsellors in specialist areas of counsellors.

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