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Week Five: Art Activity and Making Mandalas

Apr 11, 2021

Hello everyone! It is my luck that I forgot to write my blog post earlier this week. As I have previously mentioned in a blog post, I have been attending the Art Therapy Open Studio at Edinboro University to gain some experience with how art therapy works. Although these sessions are through Edinboro University, they are open to anyone that signs up since we meet over Zoom. A little background on these open studios is that although it is “art therapy”, it is more of an informal group where people that have an interest in art, psychology, or art therapy meet. In other words, it is not actual therapy. We meet and introduce each other to the group and we are assigned an art prompt that relates inwardly. Then, if we are willing, we show our art work and discuss our thought process behind it. The environment is very supportive and uplifting.

Today’s prompt fits right with my senior project as our session leader, Sara Osman, assigned us to make a mandala of our support systems and who our support structures are. She suggested to use symbols to show how these groups of people support us. This relates to how I would like to utilize mandalas in my art activity measuring the effectiveness of art therapy with our BASIS students.

Today was also special because a classmate, Ria Khandelwal, who also has an interest in art and psychology, decided to join me today in our art therapy session.

Ria showing the art therapy group her mandala of support. (Posted with permission)

Ria describes her experience today.

Art therapy was a really cool way to use art to visualize parts of my life and help me realize stuff. It was really calming and really fun!”

As for my senior project, the exciting part is coming up! The week of the 19th I will begin my experimentation with the students at BASIS. Ms. Fors has helped to coordinate with the teachers to find time to meet with the students. Unfortunately I cannot work with the 4th graders as planned, but will be working with 5th graders instead. Now, the grade levels I will be working with are 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 8th. Next week I will get into the details of the prep for the experiment and lesson planning.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

3 Replies to “Week Five: Art Activity and Making Mandalas”

  1. Ria K. says:

    The art activity with mandalas was so cool during “art therapy” and I am so excited to see how your experiment with mandalas plays out!

  2. Eric M. says:

    Glad to see you’ve secured test subjects!

  3. johnh says:

    This sounds really cool. I’m excited to see how the experiment works out!

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