COVID 19 and Online Art Therapy and Art Groups

Art therapy involves talking, sharing the art-making experience and talking some more.

Even though we can’t meet in person we can still make art and communicate it’s meaning, we can share our experiences, ideas, knowledge and skills. We are fortunate to live in a time where most of us are able to connect online.

While there is a risk to people’s health and safety due to the potential spread of COVID 19  Pelican Arts is offering 1-1 Art therapy via live video meetings wherever possible. New clients can use our usual referral process

Pelican Arts will also be running live interactive art groups via video link instead of in the studio. We will be creating a virtual space for people to share their ideas and art-making with others. As usual, it’s the art-making process, the sharing and the company that is most important. The groups will remain small and personal, so each person can be supported to make the most of the materials they have on hand and develop their own ideas. We won’t be expecting people to follow a set of instructions or use specific art materials, there are already millions of great instructional videos on the web that people can use for that.

Setting up space in your home for Art Therapy.

You will need an electronic device with a camera and a microphone, an internet connection and some basic art materials. At present we are using the program Zoom, we recommend you download this before your appointment for simplicity. If you have any questions about this platform please contact us.

For more information about Zoom go to https://zoom.us/meeting

You will need a table big enough for your electronic device and space to make art.

Make sure you have a private space in your home with minimal distractions. Art therapy sessions are confidential and we would like to maintain client confidentiality at both ends. If there are other people in the room with you during the session please inform the therapist.

You will need to have a few basic art materials for art therapy, however, you do not need anything special. If you have minimal art supplies at home bring what you have to the first online session and we can discuss how to work with these.