This ART technique focuses on your "self-esteem".whats your perfect/ideal self. We focus on self-acceptance and body image. What's in your control and what's not? But how can ART THERAPY help.
Get Ready with your supplies- Supplies you need- pen, pencil, and colours of your own choice/Tag on /Sticky note/paper chits and a notebook.
Sit comfortably! You may choose your favourite spot or that cozy corner, away from that extra noise. You may warm up by taking a few deep breaths, this might help you feel calmer, though no compulsion.
Hit that play button once you are ready.
Disclaimer: These voice guides are made with an intention of keeping a pace that is comfortable for everyone and all age groups, but we request you to follow your own speed. You may hit that "Pause Button" if you need that little extra time for your feeling to flow. You may resume back again, once you are ready for the next step.
About the Therapy
The goal of making a Self-portrait is to depict the meaning of things rather than their external appearance. However, sometimes the blend of both outward appearance and inward significance can collaboratively help in understanding the nuances. When studying and drawing ourselves, we engage our senses and one may find that this can trigger and bring up a range of emotions, thoughts, memories, and perception, how one looks at themselves. The key here is to note down these sensations, triggers, and thoughts as they arise while creating the self-portrait. You could create a past, present and future self to explore emotions at different stages of your life, which can further help you to recognize your values, beliefs, desires, and aspirations to achieve your goals. The purpose of this art technique is to encourage one to explore their characteristics and personality traits and how they perceive the self beyond the bounds of this exercise.
The self-portrait is one such art form that can be a means of self-reflection and accepting the self. The basic idea with this type of expressive art technique is that the person communicates, through art, how one perceives themselves in their acquired social and cultural setting. What would you like to be remembered for? What are your best qualities? Such specific questions are good to narrow down the focus of self-portrait.
Art can play as a tool to heal and mend what once was thought to be a gigantic challenge. The incorporation of authentic techniques is proven to be a guiding force in the process. The more autobiographical the portrait, the better will be the self-reflection for one to comprehend. Although, it could seem to be a mammoth task for some individuals with no prior experience in art but at Happy Hikkups, we encourage the flow of curiosity and self-awareness and not the beauty and perfectionism.
We create imaginary shackles around ourselves that might hinder our growth and perception of who we are and what we want to become. We may find ourselves as soft and open, vulnerable and dangerous, introvert or extrovert, with strong roots hanging down, looking for soil. Therefore, a self-portrait can be incredibly empowering and act as a catalyst for self-realization. A self-portrait can help with self-identification, awareness, healing, and recovery from past trauma, the potential for relapse or violence (toward self or others), grief, addiction, mental processing, coping skills, trauma, and help engage in self-care and emotional healing.