Early/preschool children (2-8 years old)

Art therapy

The formal practice of art therapy has its origins in the mid-20th century Europe.



Ebru art therapy

Ebru art of marbling is commonly referred to as the music of colours, has a soul-soothing ability. Ebru art teaches one the skill of developing patience. It has been proven by experience that ebru has a therapeutic essence and contributes to improving aesthetic sensitivity, communication, using time correctly, motivation, creativity, patience, discipline, adaptation, self expression and yielding positive results when coping with problems such as stress, instability and anxiety.

Ebru art of marbling is a tool used in the game and/or educational process. The paint creates an image on the surface of the condensed water. Paint is sprayed on the background to create a background and special sticks are used to draw a clear image.

Thanks to the unique method, an imitation of a marble pattern is created, which can later be transferred to paper.

Art making offers a very natural form of communication for most children. As such, art therapy is often considered useful in helping children with a variety of challenging presentations such as personality and emotional disorders, speech and language disorders, childhood trauma, abuse and deprivation, grief and loss.
Some of the main benefits to using an art therapeutic approach with children include:
• Emotional Safety – it can offer children a safe way to share their story in a non-confrontational manner.
• Art Space – the actual space can offer children a place to explore, experiment, test boundaries, make a mess, let go, process unconscious and conscious material and reflect it back in an acceptable manner.
• Metaphor – the use of art materials also lends itself to metaphor and symbolic language, and can be a very powerful way for children to externally express their internal feelings and sensations. Having the opportunity to externalise these feelings in a safe therapeutic space is not only playful but also allows insight into a child’s unconscious world, which would otherwise have remained hidden.
• Tangible Reference – Creating something tangible within the sessions allows the experience to be retained and referred to later in the therapeutic process if necessary.
Ebru art therapy is used as a practice in Marijampole kindergarten „Ruta“.
Activity topic: „The excitement of emotions“.
Objective of the activity: to release emotions with the help of colors.
Tools: Ebru art therapy.
Results of the activity:
• Develoopment of imagination ande creative thinking;
• Attention;
• Emotional background optimization;
• Therapeutic benefits;
• Buildind self-confidence;
• Development of communication and collaboration skills.