Family Art Therapy
Yesterday at family art therapy, the therapist asked us to draw an abstract about our family. Each of us grabbed some crayons or markers and went to work. It turned out, for the most part, 5 of the 6 family members there drew somewhat the same thing; symbolic representations of each family member. I actually inserted my version of it below. It’s my thoughts on each family member colored in their favorite color. I wanted to show that although we’re all different, we’re still connected, like a jigsaw puzzle.
The top row: My husband (encompassing), 2nd daughter (flowers, sweetness), 3rd son (lego block), Vale (buildings/architecture
Bottom row: Me (wounded heart), oldest son (nebulous like water), youngest son (wheels/always in motion), Payne (a book)
Yeah, I’m not much of an artist.
However, Vale’s younger brother seemed to tell more of the truth with his. He drew his oldest brother off to the side, torn away from the family, hand out resisting us. That’s how the oldest son is right now. In the lower portion you can see me having 7 arms out, supporting the entire family, while my husband is depicted by a brain (upper left corner). Near the bottom is Vale, being pulled down by two demons: Self Mutilation - he’s the fat one with the pitchfork and Eating Disorder - which is the skinny one. Vale is shown struggling against them, pulling himself out of a pit. The artist is the second block from the left on the top row (again Lego, and the word School is in fire, cuz he doesn’t like school). Artist and his two sisters are holding up CTY for Center for Talented Youth, a program they all belong to.
Anyway, of all our drawings, I like this one the best. It really demonstrates what’s going on in this child’s heart and mind. It’s sad to see him depict the oldest brother torn away, but I am relieved to see that he drew Vale rising out of the pit.
What are your thoughts?