Distance Therapeutic Artmaking:

Creating a Video Guide to Encourage Therapeutic Experience



  • Irma Damajanti Institut Teknologi Bandung
  • Ardhana Riswarie Faculty of Visual Arts and Design, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132
  • Lulu Lusianti Fitri Institut Teknologi Bandung
  • RR Sri Wachyuni Insitut Teknologi Bandung
  • Miryam Wedyaswari Universitas Padjadjaran


distance, self-concept, therapeutic art making, video guide


Therapeutic uses of art have been acknowledged since even before the emergence of art therapy as a discipline and profession. Over the last couple of years, the Psychology of Art course managed under the Visual Art Study Program ITB has included discussion and therapeutic artmaking practice for students from all over the university. During the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the delivery of therapeutic artmaking practice in the classroom had to be adjusted. Therefore, a video guide was created to help the students to follow the course activities. This paper describes the process and the theoretical background of making the video guide as well as discussing some of the students’ reports using the self-concept framework and the effectiveness of distance therapeutic artmaking activities. The preliminary study used a quasi-experimental approach, specifically a pre-experimental design, towards Psychology of Art students in 2020. The data used included verbal reports and images, which were analyzed qualitatively using codification and content analysis with two raters to discuss the findings. The results showed that the activity was impactful towards students’ self-concept. In some findings, the participants elaborated how the activity had impacted them positively. In the future, this model of distant therapeutic artmaking can be further developed and distributed to give benefits to a larger audience.

Author Biographies

Irma Damajanti, Institut Teknologi Bandung

Aesthetics & Sciences of Art Research Group with expertise in Psychology of Art at Faculty of Art and Design, Institut Teknologi Bandung. Courses in Visual Art Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree, and  Doctorate Program of Art and Design.

Ardhana Riswarie, Faculty of Visual Arts and Design, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132

Member of Aesthetics & Sciences of Art Research Group, with expertise in Art Therapy. 

Lulu Lusianti Fitri, Institut Teknologi Bandung

Research focus on:

  • Research on Brain Stimulation and EEG
  • Animal behavior and physiology
  • Cognitive Science and Physiology

RR Sri Wachyuni, Insitut Teknologi Bandung

Member of Literacy, Media, and Culture Research Group, with focus on Organizational/Social Psychology. 

Miryam Wedyaswari, Universitas Padjadjaran

Member of General Psychology Department at Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Padjadjaran


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