Updated: Apr 8, 2020
Explore feelings of anger and calm by drawing them as a landscape.
What you’ll need: Three Pieces of Paper, coloured pens or pencils, sellotape.
What’s it for?
This activity helps you explore feelings of anger and calm and how to move between them. This activity will take around 45 minutes or longer.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
On the first sheet of paper draw an ANGRY landscape. Ask yourself:
What would be the angriest elements you might put in the landscape? A volcano? A stormy sky? An explosion?
What colours do you want to use to express the anger best?
On the second sheet of paper draw a CALM landscape. Ask yourself:
What would be the calmest elements you might put in the landscape? A flower? A peaceful ocean? Fluffy white clouds?
What colours do you want to use to express calm best?
Put your ANGRY picture on the left, leave a big gap, and put your CALM picture on the right. Look at the two pictures carefully. You’re about to draw a picture to go between them.
On your third sheet of paper draw a TRANSFORMING landscape which comes out of the angry and gradually transitions to and becomes the calm landscape. Ask yourself:
How can I make the join look really smooth?
Which elements do I need to transform to make the join work?
How can I make the colours change from the angry to the calm landscape?
Now lay out all three pictures next to each other with your ANGRY landscape, next to your TRANSFORMING landscape, and finishing with the CALM landscape. You can stick them all together, if you’d like to with some sellotape on the back of the pictures.
Spend a few minutes looking at the complete picture.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Which landscape was easiest to draw?
Which landscape was hardest to draw?
What do you notice about each of the different landscapes?
How did you feel as you were drawing each different landscape?
Where would you place yourself in the picture from angry to calm? Where do you prefer to be?
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything about how to transform your angry feelings into calmer ones?
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Created by Ian Grundy © March 2020
Creative Art Used: Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Emotional Wellbeing, Emotional Regulation, Anger, Relationships
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