Explore your emotions and their associations with colour in a drawing of your rainbow feelings!
What you’ll need: Paper, coloured pens or pencils
What’s it for?
This activity will help you to explore your feelings. Thinking about what feelings you associate with colours, and your associations with the colours and feelings will help your emotional literacy.
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?
Think about the seven colours of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
Now think about what feeling you associate each of the colours with. Is red an ‘angry’ colour for you? Is green ‘calming’?
Draw the outline of a big rainbow on your piece of paper leaving enough space in each colour band to write something.
In each band write down a time that you felt like the colour, or your association to it. For example, if green is a calming colour for you, write about the last time you felt really calm. You might write something like this: ‘Green is a calm colour. It reminds me of playing in the park’. If blue is a sad colour for you, write something like: ‘Blue is a sad colour. It’s like missing my friends’.
When you’ve written something in each of the bands for each of the colours, carefully colour around them.
Add a sky background.
Extra Activity: You don’t need to stick just to the seven colours of a regular rainbow! How about making a Rainbow Feelings picture using any colours of your choice - and your associations to the colours. Show your Rainbow Feelings to someone else and see if they associate the same colours with the same feelings.
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
Was it easy or difficult to come up with a feeling and association for each of the colours?
Did you learn anything new about yourself while you did this activity?
If you showed your picture to someone else, did they associate the same colours with the same feelings? What were the differences?
What is your favourite colour?
Is your favourite colour matched with your favourite activity?
This activity helps you to name and explore your feeling associations to colours. This can help you learn things about yourself which will increase your emotional literacy.
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Ian Grundy © June 2020
Creative Arts Used: Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Emotional Wellbeing, Self-Exploration
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