Creative Faces by V

Create, Imagine, Party!


     Do you want to help improve self-esteem, confidence and overall well-being in your child? Do you want to cultivate their creativity and help them in self expression all along while engaging in fun activities? Positive Art is an amazing tool that can be used in fun, creative, engaging life coaching sessions with children and adults alike. Art creation can help process stress and emotions, increase focus, promote positive thinking and clarity, all while freely using crayons, paints, colored pencils and markers. Creative art coaching has a proven positive impact on well-being.


     Art has been used throughout history for communication and form of expression as our minds comprehend abstract forms and symbols at a much deeper level than language. Simply put, art is used when words are just not enough.


    These courses are filled with fun, engaging research based positive art activities that are designed specifically for use with children of any age (recommended 5 and up). Children will learn to empower themselves, through self exploration, creativity and coping strategies. They will learn more about growth mind set, positive self talk, visualization and learning about their strengths-all aspects that will help rewire their brains to improve their mind set.


     As mentioned above, these incredible courses were designed with children in mind, but the beauty of positive art coaching is that they could be used with anyone of any age or background, yourself included. Regardless of your artistic abilities, it is not required to be good in art to benefit from these courses. You can book them for one on one sessions with your children or small groups, workshops, "Positive Art" parties, or even weekly, bi-weekly or monthly sessions that will help in transforming lives, no matter how you use them. 



Positive Affirmations 



The objective from this art activity is to help build a positive way of thinking and happier outlook. Affirmations can be an effective holistic way of building a positive mind and a happier child. This powerful tool can help children create positive beliefs in themselves that will help build up their self-esteem, motivation and resilience. It is a way in nurturing self-beliefs in childhood, which can stay with them as they grow older.

Letting Go Balloons



Using this creative technique allows children to put a label on their negative emotions and find a way to let them go and release such negativity. This simple art activity can also aid in child development by exploring emotions, gaining emotional regulation, reflection, and means of coping

Three Good Things



The Three Good things exercise has been scientifically demonstrated to be effective in increasing happiness and a sense of well being. It does this by a simple method of redirecting attention towards positive thoughts and away from negative thoughts. Human beings have evolved to spend much more time thinking about what has gone wrong and how should I fix it. This way of thinking might have been helpful for our ancestors to help them survive, but in our modern world this continuous way of thinking just adds stress and affects our drive and optimism. This exercise works best if done often, so I do provide the session lesson in detail to the parents to continue this at home.


I start the discussion portion of the session by asking the child/children to tell me three good things that went well during their day. It can be anything at all that seems positive to them. It doesn't need to be anything big or important. For example, they might recall the fact that they enjoyed their breakfast that day, or maybe one might say, "my friend shared a toy with me," or "I did well on my quiz," even "I drew a smiley face in my book and it made me happy." Anything from the most mundane to the most major moment, as long as it seems to the child like a good, positive, happy thing.


You might be surprised to find that some children struggle to find good moments to think of, which shows how much they focus on negative thoughts. I would encourage them gently by asking helpful leading questions, such as “what about this morning, did you see anyone that made you smile?” or “what was a yummy snack you had?" Soon enough children get the hang of it and look forward to taking turns and sharing their happiest moments before their art session starts. One thing I keep in mind, is not to push, if a child does not want to share with others, I'll always respect their wishes, usually when they see others sharing they feel encouraged to do the same.


After the children get used to the idea of the three good things exercise, I can introduce the positive art directive. After the sharing ritual of three good things exercise in the beginning of the art session, I ask the children to choose one of their favorite moments and draw it. They have the freedom of choice to pick any special moment that they are comfortable with drawing. They will have the freedom in choosing their medium, some like to color using colored pencils, some prefer markers, others might like to paint. Children should have the option to experiment with their preferred mediums which will help increase their confidence and sense of exploration.


I will ask questions about their happy moment such as: When did this take place? Where was it? How did it make you feel? What can you tell me about this day, or moment? Was anyone with you? Why is it a happy moment for you? This helps children reflect on what makes them happy and why. They get to choose the reasons that make most sense to them.


Once their artwork is complete I'll encourage them to hang it somewhere they can see it, so it will be a happy reminder of a positive moment they experienced. 


Parents can take this a step further and ask the children to write their thoughts and feelings in a journal, or start one with this project being the first "entry." I encourage parents to continue this exercise often, so they can use it with their children (or even for themselves), just thinking and sharing three good things on a daily basis is a very powerful habit in making happier and more grateful children and parents.

Zentangles



Zentangles are a new trend in the drawing and paper arts world. The concept was started by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas as a way to practice focus and meditation through drawing, by using repetitive lines, marks, circles, and shapes. Each mark is called a "tangle," and you combine various tangles into patterns to create "tiles" or small square drawings. Zentangles are also helpful for stress relief, relaxation, promoting creativity, improving sleep patterns, improves hand-eye coordination, improve self-esteem and increases attention span and focus. I highly recommend you trying Zentangle art yourself as adults and encourage your child to start a Zentangle art journal that will reap all the mentioned benefits above.


After the art session is complete, I check in with the children afterwards and ask how they are feeling after this art process. How creating different patterns made them feel? Did they feel more calm and relaxed? 

My Name Is Powerful



Using positive words as acronyms to represent each letter in a child’s name sends a very powerful message to children. It makes them believe and realize that their name, which is part of their identity is important and can stand for something meaningful. It helps in their self-esteem, increased self-worth, well being and gives them purpose.


First I would ask children to brainstorm together to come up with positive acronyms for each letter of their names, working together as a group helps in team work, confidence and a sense of belonging, which all play a part in a child’s well being. One on one sessions are also beneficial in making the child feel important, while brainstorming together to come up these words.


The art process of decorating and coloring each letter and making a complete poster to be looked at is a great reminder of achievement and creativity, as well as identifying their names with positive strong words, boosting positive self image. 

Good Friend Vs Bad Friend



This activity is geared to children working on social skills and peer relationships. It facilitates the exploration of good friendships versus toxic ones in a positive therapeutic way that allows reflection and self-awareness and assists in making a positive change in behavior. Benefits of this process are that it can help in self-exploration, expressing feelings and open up means of communication. 


Creating art in itself brings enjoyment and helps to improve well being. To get the most out of this art activity I encourage children to reflect not just on their friend's behavior, but on themselves as well. I brain storm with the children to come up with a list of unhealthy and healthy relationship traits (using language appropriate to the child’s age).

I would then discuss how they would like to be treated from others? And how in turn they treat others? Do they consider themselves a good friend? If so, I allow them to share examples of situations where they showed their good traits, of course only if they are comfortable in doing so. They're asked if they ever witnessed or they themselves have encountered a bad friend? What were the negative traits that made it a bad friend? What would they have liked to change if they had it in their power?


This helps children be more conscious about their behavior with others, and also more aware of what is an acceptable and healthy friendship that should be nurtured versus friendships that may have a negative impact on them.


For Parents/Guardians:

At the end of the art activity:

Have older children assess the relationships in their life. Have younger children assess what is most important in their friendships.

Ask the children if they found this activity helpful and became more aware of their friendships and own behavior towards others as well. This helps also become more aware of how they treat their siblings, and how they would like their siblings to treat them.

Sketching Outdoors


There is a lot of research on the positive impact of sketching outdoors especially in nature, there are many mental health benefits, some of which are, allowing time for quiet contemplation, meditation, and mindfulness of surroundings, and improves ability for sustained concentration. It also provides a much-needed break from the use of technology and deepens one’s observational skills, balancing out the use of all five senses. Sketching also provides a valuable record of experiences in your sketchbook adding a sense of achievement after the completion of each sketch.


Additionally, it strengthens hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills which are especially beneficial for children. Another important element is that it uses more parts of the brain, balancing our ‘left’ and ‘right’ sides of the brain regions and improves memory. Finally, it can be a pleasurable shared activity, enjoyed by all ages and abilities that serve to strengthen and enrich family and friendship bonds.


In this activity there is no specific required sketching technique, giving the children freedom to walk around and choose what to sketch freely from their surrounding is very powerful. Some children might feel intimidated by the idea of sketching freehand and not being good enough. I'll explain to them that the main goal of this activity is the experience itself and not the actual drawing. They should not worry too much about perfecting any sketch and just try to notice details of lines and shapes in nature, and how it makes them feel to try and capture it themselves in a sketch. To just relax and enjoy the outdoors and try to take time to slow down, be more observant, and notice things that might go unnoticed when they are rushing. I'll explain the many health benefits of spending time outdoors among trees, and flowers and how they have the ability by sketching to translate what they see, even if it is in a simple manner.


I'll check in with children and ask them how they feel after spending time outdoors, observing and sketching. 

Are they feeling calm, happy, relaxed? Did they notice anything special that they never noticed before?


The beauty in sketching is in its simplicity, being able to do it anywhere any time, and with the many benefits that come from spending time outdoors and sketching, in which I'll encourage children to make a habit of it. 

My Tree Of Happiness


Everyone have things in their lives that bring them joy and happiness. Some of which can be used as points of strengths that help in difficult situations or help them succeed. Sometimes such things can go unnoticed, or taken for granted or forgotten altogether. When you notice and appreciate things that bring joy, love and strength in children you are helping them explore and cultivate these positive qualities that come most naturally to them. They are encouraged and motivated to use these traits as that helps them feel energized and authentic. Therefore recognizing joys, things that they love, strengths and inner talents can be a powerful tool. This art activity is a fun and useful way to help recognize and reinforce such positive elements in ones life.


First, I'll allow children time to brainstorm and think of things that help them get through tough times and bring them joy; these can include personal strengths, coping strategies, enjoyable activities, and supportive people.


The steps of the art process and the structured task of listing joys, things they love, strengths and coping tools help activate the more cognitive aspects of the brain, and symbolizing this in a resilient tree that they created can be very meaningful and help kids connect with their own strengths.


This art activity promotes creativity, helps in higher levels of brain functioning and helps children stretch their thinking as they explore possibilities. It also allows them to slow down as they look at things step by step in this art process.


Finally, I recommend sharing this with parents and encouraging them to discuss with their children their strengths and give them feedback on it, as well as sharing some of their strengths as parents with their children.

Emotions Color Wheel


Have you ever noticed how certain colors make you feel a certain way? That’s the principle of color psychology – the idea that colors evoke emotional, mental and even behavioral responses, and, therefore, can impact our mood. I start out by explaining the color wheel and the differences in mood and emotion from cool versus warm colors. 


On a simple color wheel, you will find six basic colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. When you divide the wheel in half, you divide it into cool and warm colors.


Warm colors include:

Red

Orange

Yellow

Cool colors include:

Green

Blue

Violet


Warm colors have an association with sunlight and heat. Therefore, they create warm, lively, energetic and bold emotions. Cool colors remind us of nature, water and sky. Therefore, they bring out a calming, relaxing and peaceful mood.


This exercise is designed to have children open up and feel more comfortable expressing their emotions, it is also beneficial in building trust as they feel more at ease with sharing their feelings .

Additionally this process helps them recognize their emotions and put a label or more specifically a color and design to them, this encourages having an open dialogue.


Important questions I'll ask during this activity:

Could you tell me about your Emotions Color Wheel?

What made you choose this design and color for this emotion?

Where else in your life do you experience that emotion/feeling?


Finally the whole process of drawing and coloring has many therapeutic benefits which overall improves mood, focus and a calming effect. 

The Power Of My Words

A Growth Mindset


There is a lot of power in our words and the things we tell ourselves. If we say something enough times over and over again, eventually we start to believe that it is our truth.


The words that we attach to our experiences; regardless if they are accurate or not, become our reality. This art activity gives children awareness as well as the realization that they are in control of their thoughts and words and how it can make a difference in how they feel and think.


This is a growth mind-set activity, which allows the child to take on a challenge and learn from it, therefore increasing their abilities and achievements. When a child understands the power of their words and how it can affect them, eventually they can learn to use their positive words to empower and motivate themselves for success.

Smell The Flowers

Deep Breathing Activity


This is a very simple yet effective and fun art activity that helps children slow down, pause, breathe deeply and relax when they need to. This process can help children refocus, and guide themselves to counting their breath to help ease tension, anxiety and calm themselves down.


Prior to the art portion of the session, I talk to the children and ask them how they feel when they are anxious and stressed. Do they know what to do to calm their feelings down? I talk to them about their breathing and how it could help them. I then demonstrate taking in deep breaths in and out, slowly in for two and out for two. I show them how to do this repeatedly and slowly, allowing them to try it with me. This will apply directly to the art portion of the exercise.

Recipe For Success


Allowing children to brainstorm and think of aspects that can help them succeed, not only in school, but in life in general is a great way to make them pinpoint, and focus on these aspects. This gives power over their actions, and discussing such success criteria will make them more aware of their needs, help them identify strengths and weaknesses, and develop future goals.


Highlighting success “ingredients” in a fun artistic way, while drawing and coloring adds to the many well being benefits of this lesson as well.

My Coping Tools Backpack


This activity is hands-on, engaging,      fun and creative. As kids are growing they are still learning about critical skills to help them in life. This activity is a great way to help teach children different coping methods to help manage stress, anxiety, anger, and other strong emotions. Many times we think that children know how to calm themselves down when they are anxious and often this is not the case, that is why teaching calming activities can be very helpful.


This "Coping Tools Backpack" reveals different strategies that kids can choose from. Kids individualize it using their own strategies specific to them. some of the coping strategies that I discuss and practice within this activity includes: listening to music, taking a walk, coloring, deep breathing, hyper-focusing on an object, using positive self-talk, practicing yoga, counting to ten, talking to a friend, and much more. Since these strategies are chosen by the children it helps them feel in control and makes it more tempting to use it. It is advised that kids practice using their different chosen coping skills whenever they feel stressed, overwhelmed, or when faced with an upsetting situation to help calm themselves down. 

In My Control


Many children feel the need to want to control everything: their friend’s behaviors, their teachers, their parent's jobs, EVERYTHING! Helping children understand what they can and cannot control is important not only for academic success, but for emotional well-being too. Trying to control things outside of their control can leave them feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and unable to focus on the positive aspects around them. This activity will help children identify things within their control and things that are not, helping with anxiety, self-control, anger, and issues with accepting personal responsibility.


If children are experiencing overwhelming or out-of-control feelings, you can actually practice this lesson at home by helping them name 5 things they can control right now in the moment (this is like a grounding activity). Have them use their fingers to count. 


For example:

1. I can control my breathing.

2. I can control my thoughts.

3. I can control my words to myself.

4. I can control my words to others.

5. I can control my body.

This will help ease their anxiety, slow down, reflect and manage their emotions better. Using the art activity to follow, it becomes a very well rounded, positive calming exercise. 

I'm A Superhero With A Special Superpower


This activity focuses on strengths. Everyone has something that they are good at and makes them unique. Painting themselves as a “Superhero” makes them feel strong and significant. When children focus on their strengths and think of it as a “super power” where they can use their strength for the greater good, it gives them a sense of purpose and meaning; which in turn helps them in their confidence and self-esteem. They can realize that they can make a difference and they do play an important role.


Another benefit of this activity is the Van Gogh “Starry Night” painting style, which allows children to feel calm and relaxed and increase their positive mood and focus. 

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