Monday, February 1, 2021

🎨"2021 Family Art Therapy Week 5" with Ms. Mandi, BSW🎨


A little history about Art Therapy: Art Therapy was discovered by a British Artist, Adrian Hill in 1942, while she was recovering from tuberculosis.

Art, either creating it or viewing others’ art is used to help people explore their emotions, develop a strong self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and work on social skills.

This week’s projects are going to be related to Black History Month and CURIOSITY. Your CREATIONS can be uploaded and emailed to me at:

Please check the links on for other art therapy projects and Positive Action videos.

Important Names to remember this week: Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B Du Bois, Jackie Robinson, Maya Angelou and many more. I encourage you to research (be CURIOUS) to learn more about the importance of Black History Month and why we celebrate this.

Monday- You will need: paper of different colors or crayons/markers to color white paper, scissors, glue, pencil, and your family for brainstorming ideas.

Today we will be making a FAMILY FREEDOM QUILT.

Railroad are a controversial belief that quilts were used to communicate information to

Quilts of the Underground

African slaves about how to escape to freedom by using the Underground Railroad.

The seamstress would hang the quilts in full view one at a time, allowing the slaves to

reinforce their memory of the pattern and its associated meaning. When slaves made their

escape, they used their memory of the quilts as a guide to safety while on their journey.

Below are ideas of how to create your Family’s Freedom Quilt. Think about the symbols and their importance. I am CURIOUS to see how each family’s quilt is different and how they are similar.

There is also an explanation of what some of the symbols mean. Be CREATIVE as there are many different ways to complete this project.

Keep in mind you can create your own symbols. For example: if your family enjoys nature, you can draw a block about nature. If your family enjoys a certain food or meal, you can create a block with those food items.

(PLEASE SEND YOUR CREATIONS TO ME AT WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS PROJECT and please feel free to comment what worked and what didn’t work for your family.) #😊"%$


Today we are going to be creating African American Face Masks. You can use many different supplies for this project. There are a few pictures attached below for ideas.

Masks were important to the African American culture.

African masks often represent a

spirit and it is strongly believed that the spirit of the ancestors possesses the wearer. Ritual

ceremonies generally depict deities, spirits of ancestors, mythological beings, good and or

evil, the dead, animal spirits, and other beings believed to have power.

The signs and symbols on the masks have different meanings. Parallel & zigzag lines,

cruciform, curved and spiral lines, could represent social status or have magical or

religious meanings.

Please be CREATIVE with your family while making your masks. Each member should

create his/her own mask, put them on or hold them and take a picture of your creations to

share. I am CURIOUS to see which signs and symbols you choose for your mask.



Today we will be using either colored paper, or paint to create a Mosaic. You will need a sheet of paper to create your mosaic on. Then you will decide if your family will be using paint or pieces of paper. If you decide to use paint, you can either use your finger or paintbrush to make shapes. If you use paper, you can cut pieces or tear them, then glue them to make your design. You can even create a Heart Mosaic for Valentine’s Day if you wish. There are pictures attached to explain this project better.

Mosaics were inspired by Alma Thomas. She was a black, female artist in the 1960’s. She retired at age 38.

Use your imagination, while being CREATIVE to make your mosaic. I am CURIOUS to see what you design.



We will be making hand art today. You will need paper, a pencil, crayons or markers, and the members of your family. Each member will place a hand on the sheet of paper, one at a time and another member will trace his/her hand until the paper is filled. You can decide how many hands you want to trace. Then each member of the family will choose a section to design.

Each person in your family is special even though each hand is different. The length and width of our fingers are different, the shade of our skin may be different, and the way we space our fingers on the paper may even be different. Remember it took each of you to make your project complete.

I am CURIOUS to see how your family decided to decorate/design your project.


Friday- Today we will be creating Peace Doves with our Family. Below are some templates you can feel free to print off, trace or use as ideas. There are several ideas to make a Peace Dove. Talk about this with your family to see if you would like to cut out shapes and glue together, use the origami template or even cut a paper plate as shown below. You can Google other ideas as well for this activity.

After you create your Dove, I would like for you and your family to either draw the template below with the lines and think of “What Peace means to you” or you can print the picture. I am CURIOUS to know what Peace looks like in your home, your community, and your school. Why is Peace important to you? After brainstorming with your family, I would like for you to either write your ideas on the template, or create a poem using your ideas.

Peace is very important for growth, and a healthy mind.

(PLEASE SEND YOUR CREATIONS TO WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS PROJECT) %😊"#$ You can also use to email your projects.

Please Access for more links, videos, and art projects.

Here is an added template for you to do a matching project. This is just for fun to see what you know. You can use google to search the names you aren’t sure of. This will also help you to expand your knowledge of Black History.

I hope you have enjoyed all of the fun this week!! Please share what you liked best and what you would like me to change for next time. If you have a fun idea, please let me know so that I can incorporate them into another fun activity for your family!

Thank you for your participation, Ms. Mandi

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