Great resources for Art Therapy

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Counseling Therapist Shelley Klammer has a great list of resources and ideas for art therapy.

Here are a few of her ideas for art therapy for relaxation from her site:

Paint to music. Letting your creativity flow in response to music is a great way to let out feelings and just relax.

Make a scribble drawing. With this activity, you’ll turn a simple scribble into something beautiful, using line, color and your creativity.

Make a mandala. Whether you use the traditional sand or draw one on your own, this meditative symbol can easily help you to loosen up.

Draw with your eyes closed. Not being able to see what you are drawing intensifies fluidity, intuition, touch and sensitivity.”  

Check out 96 more of her great ideas and suggestions here.

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Excellent Art Resources Online

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OpenCulture recently shared that a large collection of modern art books have been made available online for free via the Guggenheim in New York.

From OpenCulture:

“Published between 1937 and 1999, the art books/catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis BaconGustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky. Plus there are other texts (e.g., Masterpieces of Modern Art and Abstract Expressionists Imagists) that tackle meta movements and themes.” Read more, including how to access them, here.

Art Standards and Resources

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The standards we currently use for art at AAS-Sofia are the Washington State Art Standards.

Additional resources can be found here at the National Art Education Associate site and also on Edutopia‘s site here.

There are numerous excellent resources for art available on the web, including the Google Cultural Institute. There are several clips about it on their YouTube Channel here, including a clip below which will walk you through how to best use the site.