• Lynn Cukaj

Art Therapy: Gathering Your Art Supplies

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

By Lynn Cukaj, ATR-BC www.CreativeExpressionsConsulting.com

Art Therapy for Children, Teenagers and Adults

Since the onset of Covid-19, Art Therapists have turned to Zoom and FaceTime for Teletherapy sessions. Prior to 2020, I would purchase art materials from Michaels or a place like Hobby Lobby and bring them to my client sessions. Due to the change in the environment, I am often asked to suggest art materials that anyone can purchase or find around the home prior to a virtual session. Below is a list of carefully selected items that anyone can purchase from Amazon or find in their home. These items need not be curated solely for an Art Therapy session, but at any point you may want to creatively express yourself. As always, feel free to get some inspiration at www.CreativeExpressionsConsulting.com for Art Therapy activities that you can try at home and on your own. Enjoy!

Prang Watercolor Paint Set and Mixed Media Journal, Assorted Colors


Pentel Arts Oil Pastels, 50 Color Set


Cezanne Professional Colored Pencil Set of 24 Colors, Artist Quality Soft Core Blendable Lead for Drawing, Coloring, Sketching


The Pencil Grip Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint, Super Quick Drying, 12 Pack


Artist Brush Markers Pens for Adult Coloring Books, 34 Colors


Strathmore Sketch Pad, 9"x12" Wire Bound, 100 Sheets


Other Art Materials

Imagery Online: Unsplash.com offers beautiful, free images and photos that you can download and use for any art project.

Craigslist.org or Nextdoor.com for old magazines and imagery books that neighbors are willing to give away

Dollar Stores for cheap materials and other fun craft items

Materials around the home for a collage:

  • Wrapping Paper

  • Old Magazines

  • Newspapers

  • Old Photos

  • Junk (snail) Mail

  • Colored Tissue Paper

  • Leaves / Dried Flowers / Rocks

  • Fabric / Yarn / Ribbon / Buttons