During this time of isolation and being told to stay at home is seemingly an artist’s dream. Finally, I thought, a window of opportunity to keep creative without burdensome interruptions! Yet, my easel sits in our living room and I have yet to paint a thing!
Here at home, we are adjusting for new regimens. Each of us are having fun figuring out how to make two work lives happen at one kitchen table! We bumped into each other at first, but after a while, we adapted our routines.
We have eased ourselves with cooking and playing music. We reached way back
and found those old cookbooks we rarely use and started on some adventures in the kitchen. I have picked up a guitar I haven’t played in a while and got re-acquainted with that old friend.
Positive Family Resource
Quarantine Family Toolkit by Kristin Ramsey, ATR-BC, LPC, which offers suggestions and resources on how to talk with children about COVID-19, a sample daily schedule for working/learning at home, online apps, podcasts and other resources for daily activities, mindfulness activities and short guided muscle relaxation script, as well as many art activities instructions and examples.
Art Therapy Resource
The American Art Therapy Association is a great resource that may be useful. They have extensive materials, articles and suggestions regarding art and Covid-19.
American Art Therapy Association Resources for the Public
These are excerpts found on the American Art Therapy Association’s arttherapy.org website Covid-19 resources page.
Crisis Text Line if you need help, please text SHARE to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor
The Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to be connected to free and confidential support and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
Resources for addressing COVID-19 — The National Council for Behavioral Health offers resources to help manage coronavirus-related anxiety and to communicate with your kids about this crisis among other topics. Behavioral health care workers will also find resources including telehealth best-practices and implications for certain vulnerable client groups.
Affirmations for Coping during Coronavirus Times — AATA Blog, March 30, 2020
#Coronart is a Facebook group for people to share personal renditions of the coronavirus. “Paint it, draw it, build it, carve it, knit it, grow it, sing it, play it. Anything you can imagine it. Let’s make this thing ours and share our vision!”
Keeping Art and Hope Alive
Maintain that spark of hope and inspiration now and always. The creative self tends to manifest joy, humor and levity. Creativity is beneficial and a little soul searching can often illuminate a better or brighter way forward.