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Health and Wellbeing through Art Making Online Short Course

Course description

The arts, creativity, and imagination are agents of wellness: they help keep the individual resilient, aid recovery and foster a flourishing society. In 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.

The 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 artwork while also self-reflecting. The sessions are part seminar-based with specific readings followed by practical exercises exploring:

  • The emotional impact of art-making
  • mind-mapping and cognition
  • death, dying and grieving
  • Dementia and design
  • Difference between Art Therapy and therapeutic value of art
  • Disability and art
  • Identity and auto-ethnography

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. Every student will have the opportunity to design and deliver their own practical exercise based on the learnings.

Course Outcomes

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.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • Read key publications in the arts & wellbeing movement
  • Connected to the larger network of practitioners and artists interested in and delivering arts & health initiatives
  • Tested out a variety of practical ways to deliver art workshops and exercises
  • Understood your own practice in relation to health & wellbeing
  • Delivered a workshop to your classmates at the end of course based on your specific interests and guided by the learning

Who should attend?

The course is for anyone interested in understanding how and why health and wellbeing work 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.

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.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain in easy to understand accessible English, if they use any special terminology we make sure they explain what it is they mean.
  • New methodologies will be explained to you in a way that’s crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • We even include live demonstrations of particular techniques so that you can see exactly how things should be done.
  • We also offer a bunch of learning resources for you to access outside of the live lessons. This allows you to ensure you are up to date and you can practice and review the things that are important to you. Practice makes perfect after all! 

Live interactive classrooms:

  • We like to do things the right way, that's why all of our online classes are live, you won't find any recordings here (well apart from the recording we provide in case you miss a live session)
  • Expect live interaction with your classmates from around the world, our students come from far and wide
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Discuss topics related to your course in real time via your microphone and camera or if you're not feeling brave, in the chat box
  • Miss a class? Thats ok you can catch up in a recording which is available for 2 weeks after your course runs

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance. 
  • However we always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience! 
  • Certificates are a great addition to your CV.

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions

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.


Available dates

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Details

Topics covered

  • Hands on drawing, painting and sculpture sessions
  • Short seminars with resources and guides
  • Group feedback and dialogue
  • Self-reflection
  • One to one tutorials and feedback
  • Connections to the larger network of UK Arts & Health

Materials

Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here - https://www.speedtest.net

Please source the following materials:

  • Colour soft pastels
  • Colour oil pastels
  • Poster paints and assorted brushes
  • A4 and A5 pads of cartridge paper
  • A4 pastel paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencils and pens (assorted)
  • Colour markers (assorted)
  • Glue stick
  • Masking tape
  • String
  • Magazines (to cut)
Meet the Tutor:

In 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.

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