In the works of art there was often consonance, that is common elements. The idea that all the children should make a story about their works all together excited them. During the making of this story teamwork and cooperation were enhanced. The given title was consisted of words that all of the members suggested and was composed in a title.
The emotional content of the children’s designs took many forms and was influenced by many factors, among which was their developmental stage and the framework of reference. Members of the group that were close the schematic stage could reflect recognizable feelings in their drawings, like happiness, anger or sadness.
When the relationship and the trust among the art therapist and the members of the group was established, the size of the figures changed impressively. Generally speaking, the way in which children used materials, during the painting activity, was with self-assurance and confidence.
Through the process of painting emerged the development of their interpersonal relationships, meaning the way in which they saw, conceived and reacted to the world around them. They were engaged in their social relationships within the group and tried to find their space.
The feelings of trust and faith were developed in a different way in each child and each one took their time to evolve in the relationship. Undoubtedly, no matter how high the level of trust, without effective communication there would not have been important results.
Artistic expression helped children express their thoughts and feelings. The images reflected their inner world, aspects of their psychological condition and their interpersonal style. The artistic expressions of children are exclusively personal statements that include conscious and unconscious meanings and present many different aspects of the creator.
- Rubin Judith, (1997), Child Art Therapy: Understanding and Helping Children Grow through Art, Ellinika Grammata
- Malchiodi Cathy, (2009), Understanding Children's Drawings, 5th edition, Ellinika Grammata
- Cathy A. Malchiodi, (2009), The Art Therapy Sourcerbook, Ellinika Grammata
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