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Magazine Heads

Posted on May 4, 2016


Made by seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It’s a great exercise in creativity and story telling. This project is also a good assessment to see where an individual is at in regards to constructing a figure and remembering body parts.

Umbrellas for Peace in Alaska

Posted on August 30, 2014

Umbrellas for Peace in Alaska was a group collaboration. The project was an adaptation from the world-wide organization spreading the word of peace by using the umbrella as a metaphor for protection. It does not discriminate, and all people regardless of race, age, gender or country are safe under the umbrella. When working with adolescents and the topic of conflict resolution, this was a fun project that promoted great discussion about promoting a community of peace.


Audrey Hepburn Pop Art made easy.

Posted on March 5, 2013

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!


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).




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.


Grief Monsters at the Amelia Center

Posted on February 8, 2013


To make a grief monster, save your cereal boxes! With recycled materials such as boxes, bottle tops, google eyes, pipe-cleaners, feathers, cotton balls, craft sticks, and anything else you can find around the house, you and your child can create a unique grief monster that might just be as unique as the grief you’re experiencing. The message that this activity gives is that we all have  grief and we all grieve differently.

Think about grief. What is it? Is it ugly? Is it good or bad? then ask your child: “what do you think a grief monster is?” There is no wrong answer to this question. This activity will help to externalize grief into a tangible format. Grief can be unpredictable and overwhelming. By turning such a thing that we have little control over into a tangible grief monster, there is room for gaining a sense of control and understanding about the process of personal grief.

I recently created this activity with a group of families at the Amelia Center in mind (Amelia Center is an organization under the umbrella of Childrens of Alabama Hospital for grieving children and families). I encouraged the children and parents alike to make a grief monster (any size, shape and color). The activity opened the door for conversation about how we each experience grief following loss. Many of the monsters had characteristic of the lost family member and during our processing time, the children were able to talk about what those things were. See pictures below:

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Does grief ever feel like a monster to you?