In Mindfulness-Based Art: The SPARKS Guide for Educators and Counselors, art therapist and visual artist, Margaret Jones Callahan offers step-by-step instructions to bring Mindfulness into your art studio, your counselling office, or a classroom. Here, you can discover the techniques and basic principles of Mindfulness, find lesson plans for 7 art projects, guidelines for creating a safe class culture and scripts for teaching Mindfulness. Through drawing, painting, expressive calligraphy, clay sculpture, photography, and more learn to be in the present moment, quiet the inner critics, and express yourself authentically.
Whether you’re a student-artist. a teacher, an art therapist, coach, or counselor, or simply wanting to explore mindful art and spiritual expression, SPARKS shows you how student-artists of any age can increase their confidence and learn to trust their expressive minds.
“It’s interesting to do my art this way. I feel real and I like what I’ve done.” — Grade 11 student Expresssive Art project
“The mindfulness really makes me slow down and be really thorough with how I see.” — Grade 10 student mindful drawing
“These are my dark thoughts. I can see them here. I’m going to cover this part and do something new over here.” — Grade 12 Student Luggage project
“The art room is the only place in the school where I really relax. I can be myself here and say what I want to say.” — Grade 12 photography student
“She shows us how to do it and then helps us do it our way. I don’t get in trouble for not doing it her way.” — Grade 8 student coping with learning challenges speaking about her art teacher
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