Art Therapy: Emotional Memory Grid

Art Therapy: Emotional Memory Grid

This is an emotional memory grid, inspired by the artist Paul Klee.
The process for creating a memory grid involves (1) finding a memory that is important to you. It does not have to be a traumatic memory, it could be any powerful memory, however short or long that may be. You could choose a single moment in time, or a period of your life that is important to you. (2) Identify a set of colors that encapsulate the memory. You could choose colors based on their emotional meanings or based on the images you recall from the memory. (3) Choose a medium to create the grid with, whether it’s acrylic paint, watercolor, colored pencil, etc. (4) Create your memory grid! It’s up to you to decide the layout of the grid itself and the sizes of each of the colored boxes.

Creating memory grids can be a useful art therapy technique that can help you to visualize your memories without having to describe them verbally. While we don’t recommend creating a memory grid from a traumatic memory outside of a therapy session, this exercise can be used based on any memory of your choosing. Send us pictures if you create any memory grids of your own!

An art therapy technique inspired by the artist Paul Klee. The image is a painting of an emotional memory grid, using blue, yellow, and white boxes of varying sizes.

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