Art Therapy Toolkit

Art Toolkit

Art Therapy is making a positive difference in K-12 educational outcomes. For practical examples on how to implement an art therapy program to address retention, special needs, bullying, autism, socialization and more, explore this new toolkit created by the American Art Therapy Association . You’ll find art therapy programs that are working in urban, suburban and rural areas and funding strategies to put them in place. If you have any questions, contact Meg Carnes at

Download the complete toolkit (pdf).

Part I: Gain Important Education Outcomes [pdf]
Art therapy is a creative way to address inappropriate behaviors such as bullying; indentifying an individual’s barriers to learning; increase student retention; support special needs students; enhance academic performance; provided gifted youth with a new skill; increase motor and sensory skills; and, excite kid’s learning experience . . . and there are a variety of funding stream opportunities to implement a program. 

Part 2: Model Programs [pdf]
Read about model art therapy programs in K-12 schools.

Part 3: Implementation Tools [pdf]
There are a number of accessible options for implementing an appropriate art therapy program.

Part 4: Outcomes and Applications [pdf]
Important educational and social development benefits are advanced through the use of art therapy.

Part 5: Resources [pdf]
A number of resources are available to school leaders to assist in the funding, development and implementation of a successful program.

Part 6: Learn More [pdf]
Find out how to develop, incorporate, expand or enhance an art therapy program.