Creative Expression Resources

Creative Expression Resources

Learning is a direct line to empowerment for both kids and adults. Here, you’ll find resources designed to help you feel empowered and lead programs with confidence.

Art with Heart Basics

In this video, you’ll learn the basics of running an Art with Heart session, from prep to cleanup. Learn how to get kids focused for creative expression, talk about their art, and help young people see art as a meaningful outlet for emotions.

Art Techniques

View time lapse videos that can help you build technical skills with a variety of mediums.

Creative Expression in One Minute

Taking time for ourselves is important, and doesn’t have to be time consuming. Dedicate one minute to yourself and feel the impact of creative expression. Then observe how it feels to reflect. All you need is a piece of paper and a writing utensil.

Learn from the Experts

Our partners and advisors describe the many ways Art with Heart programs compliment social and emotional learning programs, out of school time programming, and trauma-informed schools.

Art Extension Activities

These activities come from our curricula and each complements a page from one of our therapeutic activity books. Along with art-making, each video walks you through supportive emotional goals, how to lead the activity, and prompted discussion questions to use in practice.

The Key to Success

Many kids can have depthful experiences with creative expression on their own, but when paired with a trusted adult, Art with Heart programming can become transformational, allowing kids to use nonverbal mediums to find expression for what they can’t say.
Draw It Out is empowering and engaging and is one of only a few books that provides truly inspiring prompts for children challenged by grief, loss, and trauma.

Upcoming Trainings

August 20th
Webinar: Creative Expression as a SEL Tool for Kids K-12
In this 1-hour webinar, you will learn the benefits of creative expression as a tool for building social emotional learning (SEL) skills. You will learn how to use creative expression to help kids name and manage their emotions, develop strategies for coping, and build resilience.
August 20th
In-Person Training: Using Creative Expression to Build SEL Skills in Elementary-Aged Kids
This training will focus on Art with Heart's curriculum and therapeutic activity book developed for elementary-aged kids called Draw It Out (DIO). DIO is for kids experiencing complex and confusing emotions and provides a creative vehicle for developing a visual and verbal vocabulary for loss and supportive structures to teach SEL skills.
August 27th
Webinar: Leading Creative Expression Programs with Kids Across Unique Environments
In this 1-hour webinar, you will be introduced to Art with Heart’s (AwH) model of creative expression programs, using four elements: priming, art activities, sharing, and discussion. You can use them as a foundation for introducing creative expression as a coping strategy and tool to build resilience with kids in your unique program.

Customized Trainings

Art with Heart trainings are designed to be personal and community-driven: tell us what you need and we’ll create an experience tailored to you and your community.
Whether you’ve already trained with us and need a refresher course or you’re looking for a first-time overview, our training will ensure that you and your community have opportunities to learn about how creative expression can lead youth to a lifetime of inspired possibilities.

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Best Wishes,
Art with Heart