Using colour to explore emotions...

This week we delved into colour. We explored the meanings or associations we have to different colours, and the emotional responses that come with those associations.

Opening activity: creating an emotions board.

  • On the paper, paint a small square in each colour across the top of the page. Mix colours if needed to create the shade you want.

  • Underneath each colour write what emotion, feeling or thing the colour represents to you. Ask yourself what does this mean to me? How does it make me feel? Do I have any memories attached to this colour which make me feel a certain way?

Main activity directive:

  • In silence, take 5 slow and deep breaths in and out.

  • Focus inwards.

  • Can you recognise how you are feeling right now?

  • Can you identify where you are feeling this emotion in your physical body?

  • Spend a few moments to allow yourself to really feel this emotion.

  • Does the emotion have a colour?

  • What does it look like? Try to visualise it.

  • Now choose the colours/emotions from your emotions chart that represent how you are feeling right now, and create a painting that reflects this emotion. You can mix colours, and use white and black to create different shades if you like.

You can paint anything you like. A landscape, a symbol, an abstract or a self-portrait are some examples.

Try and paint from inside of yourself, from where you can feel this emotion.

You can use brushes and/or your fingers.

If you are having trouble ‘letting go’ try painting with your non-dominant hand or with your

eyes closed to start with.

Reflective writing and sharing

  • Looking at your painting, what do you see?

  • What stands out to you?

  • Overall, is it positive or negative?

  • If you could give your work a title what would it be?

  • Did your painting evolve in any way?

  • Is there movement in your painting?

  • How do you feel when you look at your painting?

  • What would you like to do with your painting?

Closing activity for grounding and relaxation before leaving session

  • Choose an oil pastel crayon, the colour of your choice.

  • On a A4 piece of paper begin a mindful drawing of a figure 8.

  • Move your crayon slowly over and over this figure 8.

  • Focus on the sounds of the crayon on the paper, the smoothness of the crayon moving over the texture of the paper, the smell of the crayon etc.

  • Begin to connect your breath with the movement of the crayon. As the crayon moves upwards, breath in. As the crayon moves downwards, breath out.

  • Once you are comfortable with the process, close your eyes and continue this figure 8.

  • As you do, keep breathing in and out slowly in sync with the movement of your crayon.

  • Lessen the tightness in your wrist, relax and let the crayon take over the process.

Thank you to my clients for the use of their work.