Social Emotional Learning Art Activities and Lessons

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Use art techniques to teach social emotional skills with kids and young adults. Activities focus on building confidence, self-awareness, relationship skills, managing emotions, social skills, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Use these 40 lessons to teach critical SEL lessons in a fun and hands-on way for kids and young adults!

Why Use Art

Art is the perfect window to help kids and young adults work on critical skills. Art is motivating, hands-on, fun, creative, and for all ages and abilities. Some students may struggle to learn social emotional skills, but art can be the pathway to help them learn as they are having fun. Art also helps to build confidence, facilitates empathy, encourages discussion, and can be a calming coping strategy. Art activities have been shown to promote learning and understanding in new ways.

How to Use

These lessons and activities would be an asset to educators who want to teach and practice social-emotional skills to kids and young adults. These lessons could also be used as part of advisory lessons. You can choose which materials to use to best meet the needs of your students, though recommended materials are included in each lesson.

Note that you do not need to be an artist to teach and practice these lessons! An educator guide includes step-by-step directions, student objectives, materials, and guided discussion questions after the artwork is made. Also, you can choose whether to teach every single lesson or select the best art activities and lessons for your individual students.

Table of Contents

Educator & Parent Resources

• Educator Guide

• Benefits to Using Art

Self-Awareness and Confidence

• Lesson 1: How Do You Feel About Art?

• Lesson 2: Free Draw - Your Feelings

• Lesson 3: My World

• Lesson 4: Self-Collage

• Lesson 5: Three Wishes

• Lesson 6: Selfie Portrait

• Lesson 7: Who I Am

• Lesson 8: Proudest Moment

• Lesson 9: Self-Love

• Lesson 10: The Power of Yet

• Lesson 11: My Values

Strengthening Relationships

• Lesson 12: My Family

• Lesson 13: Friendship High Five

• Lesson 14: Partner Drawing

• Lesson 15: Special Person

• Lesson 16: Shared Drawing

• Lesson 17: Kindness Share

Managing Emotions

• Lesson 18: Thought Blob

• Lesson 19: Gratitude Box

• Lesson 20: Working Through

• Lesson 21: Stress Spiral

• Lesson 22: My Worry Catcher

• Lesson 23: Positive Thoughts Clay Pot

• Lesson 24: Let's Paint Over It

• Lesson 25: Smell the Flowers

• Lesson 26: Relaxing Colors

• Lesson 27: Cooking Breathing

• Lesson 28: Squish the Stress Away

• Lesson 29: Calm Down Jar

• Lesson 30: Mindful Coloring

• Lesson 31: Stress Ball

• Lesson 32: Cool as an Ice Cube

Collaboration and Problem-Solving Skills

• Lesson 33: Be Flexible

• Lesson 34: Secret Drawing

• Lesson 35: Let's Build Together

• Lesson 36: Following the Rules

• Lesson 37: Make a Superhero

• Lesson 38: Drawing the Problem

• Lesson 39: Problem Solver

• Lesson 40: My Hands Make a Difference

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Disclaimer: These resources and materials are for supplementary support/education purposes and not intended as a replacement for counseling, education, or other necessary supports. Educators, parents, counselors, and others who utilize these materials are encouraged to seek out additional support, as needed.


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