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The arts, creativity and the imagination are agents of wellness: they help keep the individual resilient, aid recovery and foster a flourishing society. On this course participants will explore both the practice of creative wellbeing and art making while understanding some of the key positions around the arts & health movement in the UThe creative arts help make sense of our human condition and bring about positive physiological and psychological changes. Currently the arts are even being offered on prescription by GPs to aid in treatments of depression and isolation. Understanding why and how these processes work will be central to the course.
Meaning, purpose, and connection are proven to improve health. Participating in a creative process helps engage, communicate and express through a non-verbal language which often best reflects our emotional state. Workshops will be hands on creating art work while also self-reflecting. There will be sessions that are part seminar based with guides for further exploration.
Participating in the course will both allow you to understand your own role in managing health and wellbeing and provide you with tools to bring this knowledge into other areas of life such as work and family. The course will explore a variety of materials and techniques which have been developed to help promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing.
Those interested in exploring this within themselves will benefit from dedicated time to develop their voices. Those interested in working in the community will benefit from learning techniques and methods applicable to a variety of social settings.
Who should take this course?
The course is for anyone interested in understanding how and why health and wellbeing works within the art making context. The course is not about talent or skills but about exploring the links between physical and mental health and creativity.
The course will show how the arts can help meet major challenges facing health and social care including ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and physical activity. The course will also explore the difference between art as therapy and creative art therapy. Students will produce works of art throughout the course.
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Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.
Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.
Online short course materials
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On this course participants will explore both the practice of creative wellbeing and art making while understanding some of the key positions around the arts & health movement in the UK.