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What a Difference
Students with sensory, perceptual, cognitive, and physical disabilities
are entitled to the creative learning opportunities that the visual and
performing arts can provide. Music, art, and dance can be vehicles that
accommodate other areas, such as phonological awareness for reading,
playwriting project for writing, and theater role plays for public
speaking. The arts can enhance learning in other ways, too:
- Recalling facts: students restate facts from stories using
visual arts activities
- Understanding the main idea: students draw or sculpt the main
idea of a story they have read or heard
- Relating details to main idea: students explain the art work
that depicts details of a story they have read or heard
- Sequencing events: using art materials, students recreate
sequential events through activities such as folding papers into
obvious boxes and share with others how the story evolves
- Characterization: A wonderful opportunity for students to
express how they think characters look in stories
- Inferential thinking: Drawings can be a means to an end in
illustrating conclusions and other higher order thinking skills.
Visual arts depictions of stories proved a springboard for written
expression, dramatization, and creation of songs that illustrate the
processing of information.
"I recently attended a seminar by Melissa Kistner on
Sibling Rivalry...her expertise is amazing. With her consent, I share
her notes on therapeutic art activities".
Art Activities to Facilitate Expression of Feelings
- Ask your child to draw a line down the center of a piece of
paper. on one side they can draw about something that makes them
feel happy, on the other half, something that makes them feel sad or
mad. You can limit the scope of the this activity by asking them to
draw about things that happened that week.
- Ask your child to draw a picture of the family. Allow the child
to explain all of the details with you after they finish.
- Help the child divide the page into several boxes, either by
folding the paper or by drawing lines. Have them draw something they
are afraid of or worry about in each box.
- Ask the child to "draw a picture of you and your brother doing
something". Use the completed drawing as an opportunity to talk
about their recent interactions with their sibling.
- Ask the child to use paint to show you what colors they would
use to describe "sad" or "mad" feelings
- Precut pictures of faces and people from magazines. Ask the
child to select pictures of certain feelings or how they are feeling
on a specific day or after a specific event happened. You may also
want to do this project to model how a collage might be done or to
let them know how you are feeling.
- Ask them to draw a picture of something they get mad at
- When they feel angry have them rip up several sheets of
newspaper or colored paper and throw them around. when they are
calmed down, have them pick up the pieces and glue them down on a
piece of construction paper top make a collage. this activity shows
them a\that good can come out of anger if it is expressed in an
- Have them decorate a shoe box or small wood box (from a craft
store or craft section at WalMart). This box can be used to keep
cards that you have written on about their positive traits. It could
be used as a "worry box" to hold pieces of paper they write their
worries on (or you write if they are unable). It may be used as a
wish box to keep hopeful wishes about their sibling and family
in. Or they may just use it as a box to keep special memories or
stuff in. The decorating of the box can be used as a self-esteem
boost by making sure you compliment their creativity in decorating
- Have them draw a picture of an invention that would help them do
something or make life easier for your family.
For more info or services contact:
Melissa Kistner, MA, LCPC
Riverview Counseling Services, Ltd.
P.O. Box 3055, St. Charles, IL 60174
Additional Sources for Info:
Methods of Art Therapy
The American Art Therapy Association