Using Art Journals For Emotional Literacy


Starts September 11th

Unpacking Emotional Literacy

Emotional literacy—including respect, courtesy, and mindfulness—is key to a peaceful classroom and connected families. Guiding children to express their emotions can be challengingespecially as they get older and often become more impulsive with their words and negative in their self-talk. Kids just don’t know what to do with or how to express all the feelings they have.

Join us as we take a look at how to use art, journaling, and mixed media at home and in the classroom to teach children techniques for self-care!

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Explore the Emotional Benefits of Visual Arts

  • The arts cultivate pleasure and enjoyment and foster a sense of wellbeing.
  • Creating art helps children work through and express their emotions.
  • Art can help improve children's memory, and concentration, decision-making, and critical thinking skills.
  • Art making can help kids develop their personalities, confidence, and self-esteem.

Simple Techniques for Lasting, Meaningful Results

Research has proven that dependence increases impulsivity, lowers frustration tolerance, and hinders sincere communication—meaning it deeply affects emotional intelligence. If you feel like it's becoming more difficult to get your kids to open up and be expressive, or stay calm in aggravating situations, you're not alone—those behaviors are becoming more common in younger generations.

You don't have to feel like you're constantly at your wit's end.

You don't have to struggle with teaching your children or students self-control.

You don't have to feel guilty for losing your cool and saying things out of exasperation.

There's an easier way to help kids develop emotional literacy—and we'll teach you the tools and techniques to do it!

Oftentimes we think we need to change our children, but if you want a more peaceful, meaningful relationship with them, we need to change our way of thinking and our approach to child behavior. It starts here.

When you register for the 4-Part Masterclass: Using Art Journals For Emotional Literacy you'll be signed up for four online, video classes, each touching on a distinct aspect of emotional literacy and offering a practical way to help your students or children develop their emotional literacy through art journaling and creating art. You'll also receive a supply list and exclusive workbook to help you dive deeper and reteach what you've learned to your kids.

Teachers may also receive 1 Professional Development hour per class (for a certificate of 4 PD hours total upon completion of the full masterclass).

We truly believe emotional literacy is essential for children to develop into healthy individuals, and we want to be able to get this information into as many hands as possible. This masterclass is typically valued at $197, but we've decided to offer a discounted price—for a limited time only.

Join us now September 11th, 2020



Using Art Journals For Emotional Literacy

Part 1: September 11th – Tackling Emotions

You'll learn how to help children identify their feelings and emotions, and process them in a safe and healthy manner.
Art Technique
: paint-splatter project for emotions

Part 2: September 18th – Getting to Calm

You'll learn the strategies children can use to help calm themselves down as well as proactive ways for them to self-regulate.
Art Technique: masking and color-mixing project for calm

Part 3: September 25th– Embracing Joy

How can we bring more joy into our lives?  While this comes naturally to some people, others need to practice or work towards finding it.
Art Technique: paper-collaging project for joy and emotional "spilling"

Part 4: October 2nd – Building Community

Each one of us is a part of a bigger community. Whether this community is a large school, or an intimate family, we ALL want two things: to feel love and significance. We'll wrap up our series with discussions on how to ensure all children feel a sense of belonging.
Art Technique: community mural project for emotional literacy

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Order Summary
Using Art Journaling For Emotional Literacy

Presented by:

Spramani Elaun

Art Teacher, Author, and International Art Trainer

Founder of Nature of Art®

Spramani Elaun is an art teacher, curriculum designer, Montessori art trainer, and art supply developer. She has authored 6 books designed as guides for teaching visual arts to children, including Designing Visual Arts and Clay Play. She is founder and principal of Nature of Art® (San Diego, CA).

Kristen Richter

AMS Elementary I-II

Teacher Educator 

Positive Discipline Parent Educator & Teacher Facilitator

Classroom Teacher

Kristen Richter is the owner of Educational Sounds and Images, an Upper Elementary teacher at Blossoming Hill Montessori, and a Positive Discipline parent educator and teacher facilitator. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II).

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Upon completion of the masterclass, teachers may receive 4 PD hours (1 hour per class).

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