Fireside Chats Teacher's Guide: Volume 1

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Lesson One: Monique (Mo) Aura Bedard 141 Choose at least one activity described below. Vision Board A Vision Board is a collage of images, words and phrases that represent your vision for your future. Your vision board can include the qualities you want to possess (such as courage or bril- liance); your goals for the future; how you want to give back to society; things on your life bucket list; what you want your future to look, feel and sound like etc. Purpose: Visualizing your future is a powerful tool that influences our feelings, thoughts and ultimately our actions. If you have a clear vision for your future, you are more likely to choose actions and behaviours that will lead you to create that future! Steps: Cut out images and words (or letters to create your own words) from magazines and paste them onto a piece of poster paper. Once you're done, allow it to dry. Hang your vision board in your room or somewhere you will see it every day. Emotion Wheel An Emotion Wheel is a circle divided it into 8 sections, each visually representing a dierent type of emotion such happy, bored, jealous, scared, loved, curious etc. Purpose: The Emotion Wheel activity provides an artistic outlet for exploring and processing our emotions. Sitting with an emotion and then visualizing it as an art form is a powerful way to iden- tify and reflect on how our emotions aect us. Steps: Draw a large circle on a piece of paper or poster board. Divide the circle into eight pie pieces. Choose your eight "big" emotions. Which emotions do you feel the most? Make sure to include a balance of positive and negative emotions. Label each pie piece with a dierent emotion, writing the emotion on the outside of the pie. Next, start with one emotion. Sit with that emotion, like you are feeling it in the moment. Sometimes it helps to think of a particular time when you felt that emotion so that all those feelings come back. Then, draw a representation of that emotion using colours, lines, and symbols. If that emotion was a piece of art, what would it look like? Repeat this process until your emotion wheel is complete. Self Portraits The Self Portraits activity involves drawing three abstract portraits of yourself – how you cur- rently see yourself, how you think others see you, and how you would like to be seen. Purpose: By creating a series of abstract self-portraits, we are getting to know ourselves on a deeper level. We are forced to ask ourselves tough questions relating to how we perceive ourselves, how others perceive us and how we want to be. This activity has the potential to transform the way we see ourselves. Steps: Divide your poster board or paper into three sections. In the first section you will draw a representation of how you currently see yourself. Do not get caught up in your physical attributes – this activity is made to represent how you feel about yourself. You may want to simply draw an outline of yourself in each section and fill the inside with colours, lines, images, words etc. In the second section you will draw a representation of how you think others currently see you. What qualities do you think others notice in you? Finally, in the third section, you will draw a repre- sentation of how you would like to be seen. Think of this section as your ideal future self. What qualities would you possess? What feelings would you have? How will you aect others? Etc. Gratitude Tree A Gratitude Tree drawing is a drawing of a tree, where each leaf includes the name of something or someone you are grateful for. Purpose: Taking the time to reflect on all the things we are grateful for in life can literally change the neuropathways in our brains to help us develop a more positive mindset. Reflecting on all the Art Therapy Activities Menu

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