create art as a tool for mental health

TRANSFORMATIVE | CREATING ALTERED BOOKS AS A WAY TO ALTER MOOD

Creating Altered books can provide a creative outlet to students during stressful times and may act as a tool for self-regulation. Benefits of using discarded books from the school are both eco-friendly and allow students to project thoughts and feelings related to school stresses on an item of school property in a positive manner. This form of art making has aspects of rule-breaking by the act of defacing a book while being safely contained in the physical book. Using books also provides portable therapeutic tools that students can discretely access. By using some identifiable markings, one will be able to distinguish these discarded books from the mainstream school publications.


LINKS:

Altered Books in Art Therapy with Adolescents by Gioia Chilton, Alexandria, VA

Altered Inquiry: Discovering Arts-Based Research Through an Altered Book by Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC

Altered Books for Altered Mood | Creative Outreach