Arts Therapy : Arts Therapy For Self-Exploration (Part 2)
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Arts Therapy : Arts Therapy For Self-Exploration (Part 2)

Arts Therapy: Understanding Art Therapy / Therapeutic Art and The Healing Process of Therapeutic Art (Part 2)
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  • 16 articles
  • 121 downloadable resources
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What you'll learn
  • Mix colours by creating their own colour wheel
  • Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of drawing, including, composition, perspective and shading
  • Be able to create art with stippling techniques
  • Have an introduction to hand lettering
  • Have an understanding of abstract art
  • To enjoy art without bring judgemental or critical
  • Create their own mind maps
  • Use metaphors in art
  • Understand the psychology of colour
  • Be able to create doodle art
  • Produce a self portrait
  • Have an introduction to digital art for beginners
  • Create a magnificent family tree
  • Have an understanding of various art material and tools
  • Learn to draw and shade 3D objects
  • Students don't need any previous experience
  • The only essentials students will need are basic art supplies, such as pencils, pens and paper

We are the World’s number one provider of Arts Therapy Courses, with more than 180,000 students in 192 countries.

Therapeutic Art: Online Therapeutic Art Course - Arts Therapy For Self Exploration and Healing  (Part 2)

Art Therapy is an area that is being used in many settings - Therapeutic Art: Part 2 - Art and colouring for adults is the second in the series of my Therapeutic Art / Arts Therapy courses. It's packed full of wonderful activities, all of which are incredibly beneficial for adults of all ages and all walks of life. Art and colouring is much more than just extremely fun to do, it’s also a substantially effective way of de-stressing. Art and colouring as well as many other forms of arts therapy, helps increase focus and concentration.

This fantastic, timeless practice affords the student wellness and calm, while simultaneously stimulating areas of the brain concerned with the senses, motor skills and of course, creativity.

This art and colouring for adults course has tons of downloadable, printable templates, ready to be coloured in. This is in direct response to the huge demand globally, for colouring books specifically designed for adults. This art and colouring course contains an array of activities and exercises such as a beginners guide to abstract drawing and  designing your own impressive hand lettering.

As the creator of art and colouring for adults (Libby Seery), I’ll teach you the fundamentals of drawing, including composition, perspective, shading, colours and more. I’ll also introduce you to the world of doodle art. You’ll gain access to heaps of downloadable resources, providing you with hours of fun and an opportunity to fully explore your creative side (even if you believe you haven’t got one).

The activities and exercises in this art and colouring for adults course, have deliberately been designed so you’ll enjoy art as a process, without being critical or judgemental. This course is suitable for everyone, whether you’ve no art experience or wish to hone the skills you already possess. You don’t need any expensive art materials either, as I’ll show you how to create the most stunning work, using just some basic items.

The 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. As with all my courses, I provide support 7 days a week. So discover for yourself just how wonderfully rewarding this timeless practice is, you won’t regret it!

This art and colouring for adults course syllabus, includes:

The Benefits of Art

Therapeutic Art in Brief

Six Examples of How Art Can Help Us

Pencil Drawing Sketching and Shading

Pencil Drawing Materials

The Value of Value

Create Your Own Pencil Shading Guide

Pencil Shading Techniques

Drawing Perspective

How To Draw A Self Portrait

3D Drawing

Three Principles of Great 3D Sketching

How To Draw and Shade a 3D Cube

How To Draw and Shade a 3D Sphere


Stippling Techniques Using Pen

Practicing Stippling

Abstract and Intuitive Art

Abstract Drawing and Painting

Creating Intuitive Art

7 Useful Tips for Intuitive Painting

Learn How To Paint Naturally

Draw in Rhythm To Music

Art for Relaxation

Colouring for Adults


Pattern Drawing

Doodle Art

Part 1: Introduction to Doodle Art

Part 2: Getting Started

Part 3: Doodle Art - Basic Level

Part 4: Doodle Art - Beginner Level

Get Creative!

A Beginners Guide To Hand Lettering

Create A Collage

Create A Colour Wheel

How To Draw Cartoon Animals

Five Tips for Best Practices Using Acrylic Paints

Using Art for Therapeutic Purpose

The Psychology of Colour

Silence Your Inner Art Critic

Self Body State Using Watercolours

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Mind Maps

Combat Negative Thinking - Create Your Feel Good File  

BONUS: What is Mindfulness?

Poetry Made Easy

The Use of Metaphors in Art


Create A Family Tree    

A Box of Forgiveness

Alternative Ideas

Event Planning - Balloon Release

Paparazzi Me

Festisite Digital Creations

Create Your Own Handwriting Font

Top Tips

Six Exercises To Help You Improve Your Drawing Skills

Nine Easy Tips To Help you Draw Better

Ten Proven Methods To Beat Mental Blocks and To Boost Creativity

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone wanting to explore their creative side
  • Anyone wanting to use art as a means of therapy or healing
  • Anyone looking to lower their stress levels by using active meditation (such as colouring-in)
  • Anyone wanting to improve on their basic drawing skills
  • Anyone looking for ways to beat mental blocks
Course content
Expand all 63 lectures 03:31:03
+ Course Intoduction
1 lecture 03:58

A little bit about me (Libby Seery), the course creator and a little bit about Art and Colouring for Adults.

Preview 03:58
+ The Benefits of Art
6 lectures 17:29
About Me

Pattern drawing is cathartic, relaxing, and surprisingly stunning in appearance. We'll show you a simple way of creating a pattern using just circles with amazing results.

Pattern Drawing

Here we talk about how art makes it possible for people to express themselves non-verbally, whilst increasing self-awareness, self-esteem, reducing anxiety and helping with trauma related issues.

Art Therapy In Brief

With art teaching us how to reach out to others, helping us appreciate beauty and stimulating curiosity, it's no wonder that art is instrumental in helping us in so many ways.

6 Examples Of How Art Can Help Us

Get right to the source of art therapy, with this activity focused on your heart.

My Heart Is Full Of....

Everything you need to know about the basic tools and materials you'll need to create the best pencil drawings is right here.

Preview 03:39
+ Pencil Drawing, Sketching And Shading
6 lectures 11:13

The importance of value in drawings and paintings is undeniable, as it’s through these darks and lights, that we make sense of the world. 

The Value of Value

In this lecture we show you how to create your very own shading guide!

As well as being a relaxing activity, you'll be able to add even more depth to your masterpieces!

Create Your Own Pencil Shading Guide

You'll learn many techniques in this lecture, including, hatching, cross hatching and stippling. 

These techniques can be used exactly as described, or you can adapt them to suit whichever way works best for you.

It is worth noting that there is no right way or wrong way, when it comes to shading.

Pencil Shading Techniques

This lecture is all about perspective, including linear and point perspective.

Drawing Perspective

In this lecture, you'll learn how to draw a self portrait.

How To Draw A Self Portrait

Follow these ten easy steps to drawing a top hat. This exercise will help you build on your shading abilities, as the values are built up in stages.

Draw A Top Hat – In 10 Easy Steps
Quiz: Pencil Drawing Sketching and Shading
2 questions
+ 3D Drawing
5 lectures 16:38

Discover the three most important principles of 3D sketching, that will help you produce the best natural looking 3D drawings.

Three Principles Of Great 3D Sketching

Follow these six steps to produce a beautifully shaded 3D sphere, it will look amazing!

How To Draw And Shade A 3D Sphere

In this lecture, you'll learn how to draw and shade a 3 dimensional cube.

How To Draw and Shade A 3D Cube

This lecture contains step by step instructions for "our younger future artists", in how to draw a dog and a cat. 

Drawing For Younger Ones

This lecture contains step by step instructions for "our younger future artists", in how to draw:

a spider and a spiders web

a bird

a fish

a mouse and some cheese

two types of flowers

More Drawing For Younger Ones
+ Top Tips
5 lectures 24:32

These exercises will help you develop your drawing skills, and are concerned with perception along with how we visualise and recognise objects.

6 Exercises To Help Improve Your Drawing
10 Top Tips For Painting Using Watercolour

Adopt these tried and tested methods in order to combat any mental blocks that we all get from time to time.

10 Proven Methods To Beat Mental Blocks

In this lecture we'll be looking at some tips to help you improve your drawing.  The wonderful art within this lecture is the work of Barbara Wilkins.  Thank you Barbara!

Nine Easy Tips To Help You Draw Better

Acrylic paints are so versatile and brilliant to use. With these five tips you'll be an expert in no time and getting the most from your paints, without waste!

5 Tips for Best Practices using Acrylic Paints
+ Stippling
2 lectures 04:18

Discover how to recreate any picture you have, by simply using dots. You'll firstly create a grid (for placement and scale) and then dot by dot, recreate any picture you wish.

Stippling Techniques Using Pen

In this lecture, you'll get the opportunity to practice some stippling!

Practicing Stippling
+ Abstract and Intuitive Art
7 lectures 31:23

As the creator of abstract art, it's up to you to decide what art is, break some rules and get expressive. There are three examples of how I create abstract art and I'm sure that you'll gain some ideas and inspiration from them!

Preview 04:28

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.


Forget trying to create a masterpiece, and allow it to create itself, with personal clarity and authenticity. 

Creating Intuitive Art

Here are seven top tips to help you discover your inner-self through the images you create. This process begins from within you.

7 Useful Tips for Intuitive Painting

Here are some very useful do's and dont's that will help you create paintings that appear spontaneous and loose.

Learn How To Paint Naturally

Discover how to change your mind state instantly, whether that's raising your energy levels or bringing them down to a calm relaxed state.

Draw In Rhythm To Music
Mandalas Exercise

What is the correct way to hold your brush?

Quiz: Abstract and Intuitive Art
2 questions
+ Art for Relaxation
15 lectures 01:07:07

This activity involves using your favourite colouring medium, and affords you stress relief, whilst promoting your creativity.

Colouring For Fun

Here is a great lecture on the benefits of colouring in.  Check out the download section too as there are some great pages for colouring in.

Colouring for Adults

Paisley is everywhere! The paisley design is so beautiful, why not follow these steps to create your very own paisley designs. Once you know how to get the basic shape, you're able to make them unique by adding your very own shapes, colour, line etc.

Drawing Paisley

This video is taken my first art therapy course – Art Therapy Diploma: Art Therapy Course Part 1

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.

The Psychology of Colour
Draw Your True Home
Draw Something That Scares You!
Walking the Mountain and Valley of Life
Draw Yourself as an Animal
Reinterpret a Master
Draw Beyond Your Limits
Draw Yourself as a Tree
Line Art
Paint A Timeline
Use Your Body as a Canvas
Paint a Window or Mirror
+ Get Creative
3 lectures 07:06

Here we take you through the whole process of creating your own style of hand lettering.

A Beginners Guide To Hand Lettering

In this lecture you will learn how to create a collage.

Create A Collage

In this lecture, I'll show you how to draw cartoon animals!

How To Draw Cartoon Animals
Quiz: Get Creative
5 questions
+ Using Art for Therapeutic Purposes
6 lectures 13:42

In this lecture we'll cover how to silence your inner art critic.

Silence Your Inner Art Critic

This super activity involves creating a manilla folder, in which you'll store positive loving words in order to challenge any negative thoughts you may have about yourself. You'll develop your self-awareness, increase self-esteem and practice mindfulness. As a bonus, I've added What Is Mindfulness?, a lecture from my mindfulness course that complements this lecture perfectly.

Combat Negative Thinking - Create Your Feel Good File

This video is taken my first art therapy course – Art Therapy Diploma: Art Therapy Course Part 1

So What’s Mind Mapping?

In this context, a mind map is a drawing we create to represent various ideas, words, tasks etc., that encompass a main idea or word.

Creating a mind map helps us to create, structure, define, visualise, and classify different ideas.

We can then look at these various ideas, of which we can now clearly see, and use them as an aid to help us in a variety of ways. Mind maps are more commonly used to help with studying, solving problems and organisation. It can also be beneficial if you’ve got tough decisions to make and need to see at a glance the pros and cons.

How Does Mind Mapping Works in Practice

Mind maps simplify different elements so that you can clearly see the connections between different parts of information.

The flow of thoughts, emerging from the key idea, or word, follow a simple graphical representation. These are classified into nodes and branches, enabling easy understanding, and ensuring that we retain the information in our memory for longer. 

Please see the attached resources for examples of mind maps as well as some templates for you to use!

Mind maps are suitable for all ages.

Mind Maps

Mindfulness Training: This lecture covers what mindfulness is, and how mindfulness training can help improve your life.

What Is Mindfulness?

You'll learn how to make a start, in becoming a poet!

Poetry Made Easy

Begin your journey of emotional insight and therapeutic repair, by using visual metaphors. Metaphors in art therapy are a means of visually describing and explaining something non-verbally.

The Use Of Metaphors In Art Therapy
Quiz: Using Art for Therapeutic Purpose
2 questions