You don't need to have any experience with art or art materials to participate in these groups or workshops.
Our focus is on exploring the different art materials and what we notice and feel during the process. The focus is not technical skill, but is instead curiosity, play and expression.
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This group is now full, but you can still join the waitlist for the next group in the fall. Stay tuned for Arise workshops this summer.
What Will I Need?
You will need an internet connection and a device that allows you to connect to zoom.
You will need a quiet private space with some type of a surface that you can create on.
Basics to get started:
-Basic paper: (This could be any of the following) blank computer paper, an art notebook, watercolour or multimedia paper. You might want bigger multimedia paper (18″ x 24), but it is not necessary.
-A pencil, pen or marker(s)
-Some type of crayons: wax crayons, oil pastels or chalk pastels.
-Some kind of paint: watercolour, tempura or acrylic
-A few paintbrushes of different sizes
-Something to mix your paint on, this could be a palette or just a yogurt container lid!
-Some kind of glue (glue stick, white, or tape
-A journal or paper to write on
-old magazines or books for collage
-string, fabric or yarn
-air dry clay
different colours and weights of paper
-different natural materials like sticks or rocks or feathers
-anything your heart desires!
Groups are designed to be flexible. You could do the whole group with just paper, wax crayons and a type of paint if necessary. Please don't feel like you need to have all of these things to get started or that you need to stick to these things. You can get creative and you can think outside the box. Look around your home or your neighborhood and gather what inspires you.
If you want to order some art supplies or to click and collect you can check out:
or even Walmart.ca or your local Dollar Store
setting up your space
Try your best to give yourself 10-15 minutes prior to the start of the session to make sure everything is set up.
Find a quiet place where you can talk freely and won't be overheard. If you remain indoors and there are other people in nearby rooms, let them know you won't be available during that time period and should not be interrupted.
If possible, designate one area as the place you will sit for all your art therapy sessions.
If possible, find a place that is comfortable and where you can sit at a table with room for your art making. Or perhaps you sit on your couch or bed, but you have a portable lap table. Whatever works for you!
Make a ritual out of entering this area and creating a comfortable place for your session.
Collect everything you will need and have it nearby: a glass of water, a cup of tea or coffee.
Place your art materials within reach of yourself in an organized way. Perhaps you also have tissues, blankets, pillows or sensory objects that help you to ground.
Attend to your physical needs before the session begins. Perhaps you stretch, use the washroom or do some breathing exercises before starting.