Art Therapy for Anger

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Art Therapy Activity for Anger

Hello friends, today, I'll show you how to make art when you feel angry or mad.

This exercise will help you feel more grounded and calm by releasing the tension, processing the source of anger, and getting in touch with your body.

I make art for myself and have been helping people through art therapy for years. As a way to keep up with my own self art therapy practice, I am sharing this with you and invite you on this creative journey.

Make yourself comfortable and cozy by setting up the space and atmosphere. You can burn some candles and brew some tea.

If want to watch the step by step video where I share the exercise you can see it here:

 
 

 WATCH HERE

Art Materials You Need

The materials you need are:

 

Mindfulness and Intention

Before the art, let's invite mindfulness and become aware of our physical body/self. Gently place your attention on your breathing, in and out.

Put your left hand on your heart, right hand on your belly.

When you feel angry, what sensations do you have in your body and where do you feel this?

Let's also invite some intention. When we do this self art therapy exercise, we want to practice non-judgment and acceptance. There is no right or wrong way to make art. Simply focus on expressing yourself honestly.

 

The Art Therapy Prompt

Now that you are ready, here are the steps:

  1. Use clay to make an “angry” object or animal

  2. Express what this angry object or animal is trying to protect (or what it is afraid of - guess if you have to)

 

Clay work is a kinesthetic experience that releases tension, stimulates energy and helps discharge it through movement.

Since the material is resistive it takes our energy, and we become more invested in it.

 Reflective Writing

After you are finished with the work, let's do some reflective exercise to go deeper into our therapeutic artwork.

Bring a journal and a pen. Write down the answers to these questions:

  • What is it like to work with clay? What did you like or not like about it?

  • What comes to mind when you look at the two pieces? Similarities and differences?

If you want more ideas for reflection, you can listen to my 5 must-ask reflection question podcast episode on my Patreon.

And if you want more inspiration and ideas for art therapy exercises, feel free to download my Mini Creative Art Retreat eBook below ↓

 Thanks for following along with this self art therapy practice. We all benefit when you feel joy and peace within you.  See you next time!

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