Last Saturday, I had the experience of leading an art activity with several members of a local church. It was fun! While not an art therapy activity, the therapeutic value of making art was experienced by everyone that came. Many people mentioned how good it felt to create; that they don’t have an outlet or  make time to create at home, and how the experience of creating was enjoyable because they could see the end product of their time and effort. Another therapeutic element to the activity was that all the art was being created for someone in the church who had recently lost all of their belongings. Often, the simplicity of helping others has therapeutic value in and of itself– as it actually makes you feel better!

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IMG_3915The technique to create the Audrey Hebpurn Pop Art is quite simple. Simply print off a picture from the computer (adjust it’s size as needed) and then trace the image with a sharpie in each of the window panes. Once the tracing is completed, FLIP THE WINDOW OVER and paint on the OPPOSITE side. The side that you paint on is the back of the artwork. Once it is lifted up, you’ll still see the lines that were made by the sharpie when you were tracing the image so your design stays in tact even if when painting, brushes went outside of the lines (See finished product below).

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The finished Aubrey Hepburn piece is fantastic!!

IMG_3925Same technique but with flower images. This time we used other media as well– combining both paint and various papers.

 

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