Art Exercises for Your Teenager

As a teen, you likely have a great imagination and an endless reservoir of creativity. Whether you express your creativity through making art, music, dance, writing, cooking, or sports—yes, athletes use their creativity each time they decide to kick, pass, shoot, run, and even slow down. 

Summertime may be a time you slow down and have relaxing days at the beach, or it might be hectic with work, activities, family vacations, spending time with friends, or a combination of all these things. You may have quiet and reflective days, as well as days where taking a break is much needed. 

Vision and Voice can be your designated space to create, to draw, or to write during these times.

There are 68 art-making invitations, sometimes called prompts, which I hope you will find thoughtful, engaging, and playful—ideas to inspire you to draw. 

Some examples of these art-making invitations are:

1-    “Do you have a playlist of your favorite music? You can create the cover art for your playlist.”

2-    “It’s easy to think of the things we don’t do well. Take some time to think of the things that you excel at. What are they? Celebrate these strengths and create an image that reflects them.”

3-    “What does joy look like? How does it feel in your body? You can draw your joy.”

Other art-making invitations encourage you to draw about frustrations, challenges, your dreams, or goals for your future, feeling grateful, making mistakes, relaxation, courage, and so much more.

You can find a page that speaks to you on any given day; there are different sections to help guide you. You can create in any way that suits you, whether abstract, realistic, collage, a combination of the above, or in any way you like. The beauty of this journal is that, while there are prompts, there is no right or wrong way to address them, including choosing to create something different than what is written.

I hope you find that Vision and Voice allows you the time for yourself, for reflection, for exploration, to experience a sense of calm, and for experiencing the magical process of art-making.

Meet the Author

Caren Sacks, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, ATCS, is a Licensed, Board Certified Creative Art Therapist and Board-Certified Art Therapy Supervisor who has been providing clinical services in a variety of settings for more than forty years. In addition to a master’s degree in Art Therapy she completed a certificate in the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at the New Hope Guild Center and was a Full Adjunct Professor in the Art Therapy Master’s Program at The College of New Rochelle. Caren lives in Mamaroneck, NY, with her husband and dog, Ziggy.