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Health and Wellbeing through Art Making Short Course

Course description

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.

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.

Entry requirements: None

Level: All Levels

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

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.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

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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


Please ensure you have the following available to you before your first session:

  • Colour soft pastels
  • Colour oil pastels
  • Poster paints and assorted brushes
  • A4 and A3 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:

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 and health movement.

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