(Artwork by the group facilitator - me! - and shown with permission)
Ripped Paper (Coping with new situations)
Date(s) completed: 8/23/10
Single or Multi Session?
Age of Group Members?
Adults (Could be adapted for all age groups)
Gender of group:
Men and women
Number of members?
10 (any size would work though)
Type of site?
Other relevant information about population or site?
Clients diagnosed with severe mental illness. The topic of the group is "Coping Skills Through Art"
Describe materials needed for directive
Large pieces of pre-ripped paper
Miscellaneous art supplies (markers, crayons, paint, tape, staples, glue, etc)
Choose a piece of ripped paper and incorporate it into an art piece: be inspired by the shape, fold it up into something else, make a sculpture, whatever you'd like. But! Do not cut the ripped paper.
The topic of this group is "coping skills through art." This directive asks clients to cope with new situations. Often, clients will make art using the same technique given content-related directives. This is a technique-related directive, where the content is up to the clients. This project can be frustrating so it is important to leave time for discussion of the experience at the end of the group and debrief any frustrations.
Prior directives or prep work with group?
Haven't posted them yet
Comments/questions/suggestions for improvement:
I think this could be a part of a large series of coping art projects.
This was also posted on the Directives Blog (which is a private blog for our class to share art therapy directives we come up with)