21 Different Art Therapy Exercises For Different Emotions

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12. Disappointed: copy a portrait or painting.


It helps you become more tolerant and accepting towards your disappointment and anxiety.

13. In despair: draw your way out.

in dispair

You will feel a sense of satisfaction.

14. Confused: draw an Indian mandala.


Mandala is known as meditative symbol that can easily help you to loosen up and clear your confusions.

15. To restore your strength: make a landscape painting.

restore your strength

It will calm your nerves when feeling listless, as painting causes flowing of creative juices in your brain.

16. To make sense of your feelings: paint a self-portrait.

sense of your feelings

Your self-portrait will help you find your hidden feelings. And creating a future self-portrait, reflecting where you see yourself in the future.

17. To remember this moment: draw some colored patterns.

remember this moment

It improves your mood and emotions and leaves a meditative effect on mind.

Related: Ichigo Ichie: The Japanese Art of Living Every Moment

18. To put your thoughts in order: draw honeycombs or squares.

thoughts in order

Drawing cells or squares will help you deal with difficult situations by putting your thoughts in order.

19. To make the right choice: draw waves and circles

right choice

Drawing circles help you find unity and peace.

20. If you’re stuck in a rut: draw spirals

stuck in a rut

You will achieve a clarity in thoughts and progress in life.

21. To make sense of your most important goal: draw target symbols.

most important goal

Help you realize, focus on your goals and keep moving..

Are you ready to try art therapy exercises? Or if you have already tried, then let me know your experience in comments.

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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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