21 Different Art Therapy Exercises For Different Emotions

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How can art therapy be a solution to your problems? Sometimes, the solution to your problem just won’t come into your head, yet your thoughts are spinning at 100 kilometers an hour, and you feel like your brain is going to explode.

It’s times like this that you could do with trying some ‘art therapy’.

At its most basic, the only preparation you need to carry out for this is to grab a pencil and a sheet of paper. Then, just start drawing. It doesn’t even matter what you draw. Within a certain amount of time, your thoughts will become more harmonious and you’ll calm down.

To help you get started, here’s what to do if you’re feeling…

21 Different art therapy exercises for different emotions

1. Tired: draw flowers.


It helps re-energize your mind and clear brain fog.

2. Angry: draw lines.


Use simple lines (the most basic aspect of an art that contains a lot of emotions) to demonstrate how you are feeling.

3. In pain: build a model.

in pain

It help you express yourself and is fun and calming.

4. Bored: color a sheet of paper in various colors.


Coloring is a great way to relax and be happy.

5. Sad: paint a rainbow


It’s all about happy colors that will remove sadness from your mind.

6. Scared: knit something.


The repetitive and rhythmic motions that make up knitting is the key to calming anxiety and relieving stress.

Related: 15 Art Therapy Exercises to Control Your Mind and Channel Your Emotions

7. Worried: make a doll


Transfer your anger or worries to an inanimate object.

8. Indignant: tear a piece of paper


Tear a piece of paper and arrange it into a pattern, which will act as a symbolic release whenever you feel enraged.

9. Anxious: do some origami.


As the design comes into fruition, you will be able to solve your problems and feel a sense of satisfaction and achievement.

10. Tense: draw patterns.


Drawing patterns help you express emotions that may be difficult to put into words.

11. Nostalgic: draw a maze.


It helps you pour out your feelings of confinement and emotional barriers and feel relaxed.

36 thoughts on “21 Different Art Therapy Exercises For Different Emotions”

  1. Thank you so much. I am going to add some creative thinking, doing directed art projects to my list of recovery activities, tell my new therapist next visit. Very helpful ideas, feels really safe.

  2. Due to some emotional trauma, I try Sooo hard but tend to be jealous of my sister’s niece by marriage…I had no father around…she gets her fathers attention plus her uncle…she has a brother but she is the “golden child”those feelings of resentment start creeping in…will art help? To keep peace I keep feelings to myself! Any help?

  3. Kinda, but not really, it is more about turning off your brain and letting go of “what to draw” and just draw something, sometimes it is nothing that will turn into something. We will try it one day. But I do enjoy how this brakes things down 🙂

  4. LOL When in pain, build a model. Awesome! Would that be before or after I spend two hours lying on ice packs for the severe chronic pain? And how do I cope with the dirty dishes I am physically unable to wash, while building this model?

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  6. Well.. .i think i will draw a portrait in a landscape near the sea with its waves,full of flowers, two or three rainbows full of colors and some spirals as ornament haha. …

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