Art Therapy

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Art therapy activities can be accomplished using different materials. The activities can be done with pencils, paints, and multiple construction materials. Drawing supplies may include colored pencils, drawing pencils, thick and thin markers and oil pastels. Painting supplies may include watercolors, liquid or caked tempera paint, and brushes that are a variety of sizes and thickness. Construction materials may include but are not limited to clay, homemade dough, white glue, glue sticks, and tapes. A variety of sizes of drawing paper, watercolor paper and construction paper may be good to have on hand. Safety scissors and other nontoxic supplies should be considered for the safety of the client. An example of an art therapy program is the Rialto Jean Project. The project uses the Rialto Jean denim line and A-list actors and actresses who are part of the companies fan base. Each pair of jeans has a different design and is uniquely made (See addendum). The project involves working with children from the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. The Rialto Jean Project believes the theory that art “can help young patients find a sense of hope and increase self esteem, autonomy and competence, while offering opportunities to express their feelings safely while providing a solid foundation for healing” (“Giving Back”). The art therapy program at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was started in 1991 by Mark Taper and the Jonny Mercer Artists Program. The Jonny Mercer Artists Program made the effort to incorporate visual arts, music, dance and expressive art therapy to a pediatric medical setting. This form of therapy helps patients express their thoughts about their illness and has played a role in helping alleviat... ... middle of paper ... ...Therapy Can Help Children.” Art Therapy For Children. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. "Implement A Successful Art Therapy Program With Youth Affected By Traumatic Events & Health Challenges." American Art Therapy Association, n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2013. Johnson, Carol M., and Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx. “Art Therapy: Using the Creative Process for Healing and Hope among African American Older Adults.” Npaonline. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. Peebles, Alison. “How Can Art Therapy Benefit People with Depression, Anxiety, and Stress.” Counselling-directory. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. “The Rialto Jean Project Partners with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to Supply Art Therapy to Children.” Entertainment Close-up. 4 Aug. 2013. General OneFile. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. Van Meter, Megan L. "Art Therapy and Special Education." N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2013.
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