• Susan Ward

Ten Tiny Arty Ways to Build Mental Wellness


Images to inspire art activities which in turn build mental wellness, improve mental health

All of these can be accomplished in 10 minutes or less and include one or more forms of creating or admiring art. Diversions from our daily routine and the accompanying stress helps build mental resilience.

1. Take a bird’s eye view of the architecture in Florence, Italy. The cathedral was begun in 1296 and completed in 1436!

2. Admire the craftsmen who made these 18th century American chests-on-chests. These were expensive, high style, sophisticated pieces. Pick one and read about it.

3. Pull out your phone and make a video of clouds.

4. Print off a mandala and color it in. Use your favorite color or limit yourself to three colors.

5. Take some chalk and draw a flower or house or a sun on your driveway or sidewalk.

6. At the Art Institute of Chicago, breathe in the blue of the Marc Chagall stained glass window. Look carefully, escape for a moment!

7. Each day for a week, take one of something that’s blue (or green or yellow or red).

8. Go to the Detroit Institute of Art’s website and look at Pewabic pottery. Admire the shimmering colors in the glazes.

9. Print out a paisley pattern and color it in with crayons, markers, or colored pencils.

10. Use Legos to build a centerpiece for your dinner table. Add a label as if it were a museum piece including title, artist, date, materials.

Now that you've tried a couple of these, what else can you come up with? What other arty activities can you do that will help your mental wellness and overall mental health?

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