Worry Group Activity: Guided Imagery Painting

Do you integrate art into your worry group activities? I’ve noticed that many students I’ve worked with in worry groups really find art to be calming in the moment. In this worry group activity, students will participate in a guided imagery exercise followed by an art activity to learn about 2 strategies. For this calming strategy activity, you’ll take your students on a guided imagery meditation to a calm and peaceful place. Then let students paint or draw the location they imagined during the activity. They can keep or even frame the painting as a reminder of the guided imagery strategy for calming worries.

Looking for a worry group activity for your students? Take them on a guided imagery mediation and then give them space to paint the place they visited! This is perfect for helping students manage worries in group counseling or in classroom guidance lessons. Your students will love this worry art activity.

Worry Group Activity: Guided Imagery Recap

Supplies

For this activity, you’ll need these supplies:

  • Guided imagery script
  • Regular paper or card stock paper
  • Paint of choice
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper plate (for paint)
  • Water to rinse brushes
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or pastels

Guided Imagery

First, lead your students through a guided imagery exercise. Guided imagery can be tough for some students, especially taking into account student backgrounds and experiences. For example, in a low-income school in middle America, I probably wouldn’t describe an island beach for the activity because many of the students may not have a personal experience to relate this to. This would work great for a school on the coast though!

Pick a location that is familiar to your students and highlight the calming aspects of that place. Maybe for your students, it’s a nature trail in the forest. Or maybe it’s a local park with a calm lake.

You can find a beach guided imagery script in my free resource library (scroll to the bottom of the page after you log in for all of the recently added resources!).

Art Activity

After doing the guided imagery activity, students can draw or paint the place they visited in their minds. Use whichever art supplies you prefer or make them all available and let students choose. If you’re working with a small group, consider using 8×10 or 5×7 cardstock for the activity and giving students frames for their work. They can keep the frames at home to remind them of the guided imagery strategy for managing worries in the moment!

Check out these other art activities to use in your groups to manage worry or stress! And be sure to hop on my e-mailing group to be notified when there are more worry group activities to try!

Looking for a worry group activity for your students? Take them on a guided imagery mediation and then give them space to paint the place they visited! This is perfect for helping students manage worries in group counseling or in classroom guidance lessons. Your students will love this worry art activity.

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