Health and Wellbeing through Art Making Short Course
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 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 GP’s 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.
- Hands on drawing, painting and sculpture sessions
- Short seminars with resources and guides
- Group feedback and dialogue
- One to one tutorials and feedback
- Connections to the larger network of UK Arts & Health
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 prevention, advocacy and treatment. There will also the practical work that students will produce during the course.
Entry requirements: None
Level: All Levels
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
R.M. Sánchez-Camus (Marcelo) is a creative practitioner whose research interests include audience interaction, embodied mythologies, mindfulness, legacy, and spatial imagination. Marcelo is the co-founder of Social Art Network and recently co-convened the Social Art Summit in Sheffield in developing the world’s first Social Art Biennial. He has extensive experience in arts & health with a focus on arts as a therapeutic intervention in the dying process and can be heard on BBC Radio 4 Four Thought podcast. He holds a BA in Fine Art from School of Visual Arts, NYC an MA in Scenography from Central Saint Martins UAL and a PhD in Social Practice from Brunel University, London.