Therapeutic Art Lessons for Children and Adults with Disabilities

The act of creating art is inherently therapeutic.

For people of all ages with cognitive or physical disabilities, the process of creating art can lead to self-empowerment and confidence. To make this experience accessible to someone with limitations is sometimes challenging.

ArtShop therapy lessons offer practical approaches to facilitate art exploration, which enables anyone to successfully discover and develop artistic abilities that provide artistic self expression and creative opportunities.

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  • Video Lessons
    View and follow along

    ArtShop video lessons are designed for artists with special needs to view and follow along with the steps for creating a piece of art. Videos include adaptive tips artists can practice and repeat to learn art techniques.

  • About the ArtShop
    Danelle Griner specializes in art instruction for people with disabilities

    "I believe the power of art is finding your voice and saying what you have to say. Many times children and adults with disabilities are overlooked in the creative process.  Making art can be a liberating and empowering experience. The act of creating is inherently therapeutic."

    — Danelle Griner

    ArtShop founder


  • Download a lesson plan
    Line and Color Design

    This sample lesson offers a glimpse of a typical lesson plan

    It offers beginner instruction for making a line and color design.

    Each lesson contains a materials list, a tips sheet, a lesson plan and adaptive approaches for breaking down each step of the lesson to completion.

  • eBook Lessons
    Adapting the process to create art … and create artists

    All of the Art Shop Therapeutic Art lessons are based on insights and techniques which were developed successfully for with children and adults with disabilities.

    Art lessons lay down a foundation for an artist to learn fundamental skills, then become more independent in creating original art work.


Who it helps

Therapeutic art helps people with:

  •    Developmental disabilities
  •    Traumatic brain injuries
  •    Autism
  •    Cerebral palsy
  •    Down syndrome
  •    Fetal alcohol syndrome
  •    Limited hand mobility and dexterity

How it helps

It can increase and develop:

  •     Fine motor skills
  •     Spatial skills
  •     Decision-making skills
  •     Attention spans
  •     Imagination
  •     Problem-solving skills
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