The process of creating art is itself a very therapeutic exercise. Creating art is a wonderful experience that instantly provides us with many therapeutic benefits. By engaging in this enjoyable form of self expression, we instantly feel a sense of calm. Leaving the stresses and strains of daily life behind us, we enter a place of serenity, that is both relaxing and safe.
Creating art provides an environment in which we can face our fears and control our anxieties. Deep rooted issues can emerge through the art we create. Simply identifying these issues dramatically reduces any negative impact they may be having on our lives.
There are also therapeutic properties associated with using art materials, for example paints, colouring pencils, crayons, charcoal, clay, fabrics etc. Using various art materials provides sensory stimulation.
ART THERAPY FOR EVERYONE – COURSE CONTENT
This self paced online art therapy course, art therapy for everyone is split over four sections.
In section one, we begin with an introduction into art therapy for everyone. We gain an understanding of what exactly art therapy is, including the different types of art therapy in existence. We also gain an understanding of what an art therapist is and the role they play providing art therapy.Also covered in section one, are art essentials and everything you need to know about art materials.
Therapeutic art and self exploration is the subject content of section two. We begin with an introduction into this section and the activities contained within.
Some of the activities in this section include:
- Creating your very own vision board and spontaneous image diary.
- A great stress reliever is the scribble drawing to unwind, a simple exercise but very effective in realising calm.
- Drawing and colouring your emotions wheel and painting your emotions.
- Two great ways of visually recognising how you are feeling.
- Affirmation cards are a brilliant way of reminding you how great you are.
- Write yourself a love letter, is a cool exercise for identifying and recognising your unique positives.
- Writing your pain in a letter, is a very cathartic exercise for addressing many issues.
- Learn to look at yourself positively by painting a self portrait.
- Our inner and outer self is a very thought provoking exercise for understanding why we act a certain way with different people.
- Create a self soothing images folder that you can look through whenever you need comforting.
There are also exercises to help you explore your deeper feelings. Meditative painting is a form of active meditation and brings all the benefits afforded by more traditional types of meditation.
Art for pure enjoyment is the subject content of section three. Section three begins with an introduction into these more traditional methods of creating and enjoying art. Exercises in this section include:
- Mandalas (Sanskrit word meaning circle) are beautiful designs that are so much fun to create and colour.
- Zentangles are a great way of creating art, whenever you have a free moment. Whether you are on a train or in a waiting room, Zentangles are a great way to make the most of your time.
There are exercises for drawing with pen and ink, classic still life drawing using chalks and still life drawing in pencil.
There are also some basic activities in this section that can be used in other areas of your art work. For example, contour drawing and pencil shading techniques. Learn how to create your own pencil shading guide, a fantastic exercise to complement the pencil shading techniques exercise.
The final section in this art therapy course, art therapy for everyone is section four, therapeutic art for family bonding. This section is great to enjoy with the whole family. As well as creating art to enjoy, art is a great tool to use with children who may be experiencing bullying or trauma.
Following an introduction to therapeutic art for family bonding, there are some practical activities including:
Accessing your inner child, an exercise in reaching a non-judgemental state in order to freely express yourself through the art you create.
Get creative with face painting – we show you how to do the perfect clown and tiger face.
Learn to create your own masterpiece using simple materials, such as coloured chalks and string. We’ll also look at ways of using left over fabrics and get creative using clay. Have a go at making your own piñata, a really fun practical activity from creation right through to demolition (if you can bear to).
The final exercise in this section is creative writing. A brilliant way of expressing your feelings, through all the different characters you invent from your imagination.
ART THERAPY FOR EVERYONE – COURSE SYLLABUS
Section 1. About Art Therapy
Introduction to this art therapy course – Art Therapy For Everyone
1.1 – What is Art Therapy?
1.2 – Different Forms of Art Therapy
1.3 – What is an Art Therapist
1.4 – Art Materials
1.5 – Art Therapy Essentials
Section 2. Therapeutic Art and Self Exploration
2.1 – Introduction to section 2
2.2 – Vision board
2.3 – Spontaneous image diary
2.4 – Scribble drawing to unwind
2.5 – Your emotions wheel
2.6 – Paint your emotions
2.7 – Affirmation cards
2.8 – Write yourself a love letter
2.9 – Writing your pain a letter
2.10 – Paint a self portrait
2.11 – Our inner and outer self
2.12 – Self soothing images folder
2.13 – Explore your deeper feelings
2.14 – Meditative painting
Section 3. Art For Pure Enjoyment
3.1 – Introduction to section 3
3.2 – Creating Mandalas
3.3 – Zentangles
3.4 – Drawing with pen and ink
3.5 – Still life drawing in pencil
3.6 – Classic still life drawing
3.7 – Contour drawing
3.8 – Pencil shading techniques
3.9 – Create your own pencil shading guide
Section 4. Therapeutic Art for Family Bonding
4.1 – Introduction to section 4
4.2 – Accessing your inner child
4.3 – Face painting: Clown
4.4 – Face painting: Tiger
4.5 – Chalk and string
4.6 – Working with fabrics
4.7 – Create a head using clay
4.8 – Make your own piñata
4.9 – Creative writing
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