A creative course for relaxation and self awareness 

with Fran Riley

 

 

Course Introduction

I’m thrilled you are joining us on this creative adventure using creativity to promote relaxation, self awareness and emotional resilience.

The reason for the title of this course came out of a conversation I had with a friend. I was talking about anxiety and said, “sometimes we’re so busy trying to tame the tiger that we forget to see the butterfly”, meaning the sweet and beautiful can be lost in times of stress.

About me

I’m a qualified arts therapist and professional artist with many years experience running art workshops. I’m passionate about creativity and it’s multiple uses for healing and communication and I feel privileged to be your guide in this course.

I will guide you through some art therapy techniques that help tame the tiger and let the butterfly shine. I will share elements of art therapy theory as well as sharing some of my own images and process in making them.

The course 

This course is for you if you want to quieten your chatty mind and be open to the wisdom of art, if you are curious about how art therapy works or if you would like inspirations and suggestions from me, a qualified integrative arts therapist.

You will need some basic arts materials, including watercolours, some collage materials and a journal.  We will use a variety of techniques including paint, drawing, collage and writing.

Click on the Materials PDF button below for more info on what you’ll need for the course.

 
 

In each chapter you’ll find

• a creative exercise

• suggestions on how you might expand, or go deeper.

• supporting art therapy theory

• my process when doing the exercise

• images to inspire you

Sound good?

Let’s go on an art adventure!!

Fran 💜

 

1. Mandala

Hello! And a whopping welcome to this course, I’m really thrilled you are here and excited to see what you make of these prompts, or creative invitations.

Please feel free to use them as a starting point, you may want to follow my suggestions exactly or to go off on a meander of your own. Both good. You’ll see as I share my process that I often get ‘lost in the woods’ and follow my creative breadcrumbs.

Click on the link below to download the full chapter. It will read best on a computer or tablet or you can print it out of course.

 
 
 

2. What Lies Underneath

This exercise taps the power of the mighty right brain. We all have different parts of our brain which relate to different functions. The left has dominion over logical thinking, measuring, fact recall etc, most of what gets approved of (or not!) in school. The right brain however rules over dreams, intuition, patterns and connections, most of what is important in interesting art . We woefully neglect and denigrate the functions and power of the right brain, it’s part of all of us, and in my opinion the part that brings joy and colour to life.

Click on the link below to download the full chapter.  It will read best on a computer or tablet or you can print it out of course.

 

 
 
 

3. Symbols

Click on the link below to download the full chapter.  It will read best on a computer or tablet or you can print it out of course.

 

 
 
 

4. Self Care Bingo!

Sometimes, when we are stressed, there can be a sense of helplessness, a need for something which is hard to define. It can really help find a feeling of empowerment and efficacy if we can identify things to help us feel better and find achievable things within our reach. The sense of goals accomplished sends a message of confidence to our beleaguered brains; “Hey! I can do this, and if I can do this, I can also…”

And of course, the glorious immersion in the creative process is self soothing pleasure in itself.

Click on the link below to download the full chapter.  It will read best on a computer or tablet or you can print it out of course.

 

 
 
 

5. Cut Out Poem

The healing art of poetry, the true expression of your soul.  The ancient Egyptians believed in the healing power of the word and would write healing intentions on papyrus and then dissolve it and feed it as medicine.

I don’t know about you but I am a little shy of words, especially poetry.  I am fascinated and attracted to it but feel intimidated about creating my own poem. Here is an exercise which can help you get over the ‘blank canvas glare’ which can make beginning intimidating.

Click on the link below to download the full chapter.  It will read best on a computer or tablet or you can print it out of course.

 

 
 
 

6. Safe Place Collage

When we feel unsafe we are so focused on the tiger that we no longer see the butterfly, even if it were to land on our nose!  To the part of the brain that rules our feelings it doesn’t matter if the threat is ‘real’ (a large lorry moving at speed in your direction) or ‘unreal’ (no one likes or respects me because I’ve put on weight).  Left to its own devices the brain can career on in panic mode, seeing everything and everyone as a potential threat.

Click on the link below to download the full chapter.  It will read best on a computer or tablet or you can print it out of course.

 

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