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Color Swatching: An Art Therapy Activity

Bibliotherapy and art therapy are the perfect combo. One of my new favorite books is, "Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color" by Julia Denos. This book is as engaging as it is colorful! This resource is great for sparking creative play and color experimentation. I will be sharing how to engage kids in a creative art therapy activity using colors to identify emotions.


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Bibliotherapy and art therapy are the perfect combo. One of my new favorite books is, "Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color" by Julia Denos. This book is as engaging as it is colorful! This resource is great for sparking creative play and color experimentation. I will be sharing how to engage kids in a creative art therapy activity using colors to identify emotions.
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I am back with another dose of color, creativity, and inspiration. Sorry for the delay; I know it's been quite a while since I last posted on my blog. Life happens, and we all need to take a little break for self-care! During my time away, I took some time to reflect and brainstorm some new Art Therapy Rx ideas. I am excited to start sharing some of my new ideas in the months to come! My blog turned one year old this past month, by the way! I can't believe how quickly the time goes.


Well, anyway, let's get to it! I stumbled across the book "Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color" on social media and had to purchase it. The book has stunning and colorful illustrations, and that immediately drew me to it. This book by Julia Denos is a playful book that I believe takes colors to a whole other level.


The author brings colors to life in this book by giving them a personality of their own. The main character, Swatch, is a fierce little girl who loves playing with and taming color. During her adventures, the reader is introduced to each color and their unique personalities. Swatch is excited to catch each color. She likes to capture them in containers to admire their qualities.



When reading this book, I had an idea to create an activity based on the creative process and color and emotion identification. This Art Therapy Rx activity invites the child to create different color swatches to represent different emotions. There are two parts to this activity.


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The first part focuses on creating color swatch tiles and assigning each color an emotion. The second part engages the child with an exercise creating an image with all the color/feelings that the child chose. The idea is to allow the child freedom to create an image using lines, shapes, and colors to engage in a free-flowing creativity exercise.

Once the child has completed their image, they can then process. The emphasis on this activity is the process; the activity can help children become more familiar and comfortable with art mediums and creating art that, at times, can be abstract. This activity can be utilized as well to facilitate discussion about bottling up feelings versus expressing feelings.