Monday, September 21, 2009

9/21/09 art therapy technique

Wish Upon a Star
Materials: Pre- cut star shapes apprx 3" wide, silver or white ribbon, hole punch, and markers
Population: geriatric
Technique: Begin by discussing the idea of "wishing upon a star", what does that mean? has anyone ever wished upon a star? maybe even sing some star themed songs. Also discuss what some of the group participants wishes might be.
Hand out two stars to every participant. Ask the group to write a wish on each star, feel free to hand out more stars as necessary. Finally, use the hole punch to create a hole on the right and left angle of the star. Connect all of the stars together using ribbon to tie them. Hang around the room and have each member share what they wished for.

What art therapy techniques did you do this week?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

9/3/09 Art Therapy Technique

Starry Sky Pin Picture
Population: geriatrics
Materials: 8 1/2" x 11" black construction paper, several xeroxed 8 1/2" x 11" connect the dot images, push pins, and cardboard.
Technique: Begin by discussing what a constellation is, ask if anyone has spotted any in the sky, and maybe what constellations can they recall. Place the connect the dot image over the black paper and place both over the piece of cardboard. Instruct the group to each take a push pin and push a hole through each of the dots in the connect the dot image. Be sure to help those who are unable to press a hole through both pieces of paper. When completed hold the black paper up to the window to show off the new constellation!

What art therapy tasks have you done this week?