for Divorce Mediation’s
Gallery: Expressive Imagery of Children's Experience of
Welcome to the Kids' Divorce Art Gallery!
As goes the Chinese proverb, “A picture is
worth ten thousand words.” Listen as our young artists
World War III
12 year old girl describes in symbols what it feels like
when her parents fight. Do you see her? She kneels on the
stairs and is overcome with tears (that fall below) as she overhears her
mother's and father's battle.
In the thought balloon
she cries “Shutup! Quit fighting!” The crossed-out heart
represents the loss of love in her world, with her family’s conflict
feeling like a new World War. The purple writing says,
“There’s always two sides of a story!” revealing that this
child feels like she has to be the mediator when her
— Lizzy, age 12
Colorado art therapist Sue
10 year old boy portrays the bewilderment and torn
allegiances he feels in the midst of his parents' divorce.
A painful choice — his mother draws
him to the left fork of the road, his
father to the right fork of the road.
What should he do?
“This is what divorce sometimes seems like to me. Sometimes I am on the road I don't want to be on. Sometimes I can't decide which road to go on.
At times, I get confused!”
— Avery, age 10
A 7 year old girl shares her paralysis
with her family’s breakup | divorce. In
a mixed collage of water colors and crayon, she
asks - and at the same time declares: “I do
not know what to do?”
Her world is flooded by the
sun’s tears which envelop her and forge
a puddle at
her feet. Two hearts hover over it all
and she feels separation and loss with
especially one of those hearts.
— Sydney, age 7
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Her 4 year old sister, with crayons
only, more simply shows a sad face with
tears streaming over one side of her
face, and perhaps a smiley face still in
the picture on the other side.
— Ashley, age 4
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Kids, we'd be honored if you join us, by
allowing us to display your divorce art in our gallery.
Parents, art teachers, art therapists, educators and
counselors — we'd appreciate your spreading the word about
the Kids' Divorce Art Gallery as well!
Here's more art gallery info and how
to submit your divorce art to us.
Note: Pursuant to our site's
copyright notice, no gallery images may be reproduced
in any fashion, without our written consent.
Other Special Children's
My Comets on Divorce
For a truly wonderful illustrated
commentary by another child of divorce, also
consider the insightful “My
Comets (a teeny misspelling, actually referring to 'Comments')
on Divorce” by Andria Kobus.
Hosted on the website of
Rainbows (an international organization providing a bridge to
emotional healing for children confronting divorce or other
painful family transitions), Andria offers five compelling
images and accompanying truths from her world of divorce.
Separate artwork with heartfelt advice
speak to: 1) not blaming yourself, 2) praying to god and going to your room when
parents fight, 3) the annoying different rules of two parents' separate homes,
4) the horrible conflict when your friends are doing something better than your dad has planned, and
5) some thoughts about those pesky new strangers in the new divorce world
Postcards from Splitsville
With its genesis in a children's art project in a Tucson Divorce
Postcards from Splitsville shares kids' divorce-related
feelings anonymously. Here, parents can also get a new
perspective on how this life-changing experience impacts their
children’s lives. The site uniquely offers downloadable
printable pre-addressed postcards!