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Found Object Sculpture - Art Therapy Exercise

Found Object Sculpture - Art Therapy Exercise

Materials Needed

  1. Found Objects: Gather a variety of objects from your surroundings, such as twigs, leaves, stones, shells, buttons, keys, paper clips, or small toys.

  2. Base: Choose a sturdy base for your sculpture, like a wooden board, cardboard or rock.

  3. Adhesive: You may need glue, hot glue guns, wire, or string to secure the objects in place.

  4. Optional: If desired, you can also use paints, markers, or other decorative materials to add color or embellishments to your sculpture.


  1. Gather Materials: Start by gathering a variety of objects from your surroundings. Select items that resonate with you personally or evoke certain emotions or memories.

  2. Select a Base: Choose a base for your sculpture that can support the weight of the found objects.

  3. Brainstorm: Before you start assembling your sculpture, take a few moments to reflect on what you want your creation to represent. Consider themes such as emotions, memories, aspirations, or personal narratives.

  4. Arrange Objects: Begin arranging your found objects on the base, experimenting with different compositions and configurations. Explore textures, shapes, and colors as you build your sculpture.

  5. Attach Objects: Once you're satisfied with the arrangement, use adhesive (such as glue or wire) to secure the objects in place. If some objects are too heavy or large to be attached directly, you can prop them up or support them with additional materials.

  6. Reflect and Share: After completing your sculpture, take some time to reflect on what it represents to you. Consider how the process of creating it felt and any insights or emotions that arose during the activity. Optionally, you can share your sculpture with others and discuss its meaning and symbolism.

  7. Optional Decoration: If desired, you can further personalise your sculpture by adding decorative elements such as paint, markers, or additional found materials.

  8. Cleanup: Once you're finished, remember to clean up your work area and return any unused materials.


  • Don't be afraid to experiment and take creative risks. There are no right or wrong ways to assemble a found object sculpture.

  • If you need support or guidance, don't hesitate to ask. However, trust your instincts and take ownership of your creative process.

  • Consider the symbolism and personal significance of the found objects you use in your sculpture.

  • You may want to display your finished sculpture as a visual representation of your creativity and self-expression.

We hope you enjoyed creating a found object sculpture - art therapy exercise.


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