What do you feel? Emotional Learning Cards

A boxed-set of 20 art cards for stimulating creative exploration

Kneeling figure with hands over ears

Kate Walters, I Can't Hear You 2006
Ink, watercolour, gouache and shellac on gesso on paper, 64 x 47 cm
Courtesy of the artist

‘These cards effectively combine thought-provoking contemporary art images with stimulating questions that highlight themes relating to social identity, gender and the meanings we give to our experiences. They will be very useful for art therapists, teachers and parents.'
Diane Waller OBE (Professor of Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Children and young people need opportunities to build reflective skills so they can make positive choices and learn from their experiences. Evidence shows that processing emotional responses to life, finding ways to express oneself and understanding relationships are essential life skills.

What do you feel? addresses the need for stimulating art education and emotional learning resources that can be used in the classroom or after-school workshops, in therapeutic settings and at home.

The 20 cards in the boxed-set feature contemporary artworks by culturally-diverse artists on one side with questions relating to the images on the other. The cards creatively bring to the surface themes that are central to emotional literacy including:

  • understanding relationships;
  • preparing for change and transition;
  • acknowledging and working through losses;
  • thinking about social, personal and cultural identities;
  • identifying emotions and learning how to express them.

The boxed-set also includes a booklet with ideas for using the cards in their own right or as the starting point for creative projects.

Ideal for young people 
The resource meets curriculum requirements especially in Art and Design, Design and Technology, Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) and Literacy. It can be used with all age groups from Key Stage 2 upwards and is particularly recommended for:

  • years 5 and 6 pupils on the cusp of adolescence and preparing for significant changes (including the transfer to secondary school);
  • secondary pupils who are navigating a series of changes associated with adolescence;
  • young people in therapy settings;
  • refugee children who are settling into new environments and may welcome the opportunity to make sense of their experiences.


Featured artists
Laylah Ali, Janine Antoni, Gayle Chong Kwan, Zosia Combes, Mónica de Miranda, Gonkar Gyatso, Anish Kapoor, Chila Kumari Burman, Yayoi Kusama, Neeta Madahar, Chris Ofili, Hetain Patel, Freddie Robbins, Franklyn Rodgers, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Lorna Simpson, Do-Ho Suh, Francis Upritchard, Leticia Valverdes, Kate Walters

Co-developed and published by Iniva and A Space