Art as Therapy: Self-Expression and Special Needs in Art Education

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A woman looking at paintings in a museum

Concept by: Marta Mandolini

Description

Art related activities are powerful means of personal development, among young students and across their life span. Art has a strong therapeutic power and is strictly connected to our body: art activities can influence blood pressure and breathing. Art also promotes self-esteem and self-expression, empathy, self-knowledge and self-regulation, time and space management skills.

Art facilitates mental and emotional growth. As a matter of fact, it can be a great tool to promote integration and communication among students, especially the ones affected by autism, attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities etc. 

The course aims to present the therapeutic power of Visual Arts through first-hand experimentation of various art techniques such as painting, 3D, collage, mixed media, photography. In addition, teachers will be involved in group and role-playing activities related to the important role of art in the case of students with special needs.

We will not delve fully into the real therapeutic context, but we will definitely create a secure environment where you can experiment the therapeutic power of art and learn how to properly respond to your students needs and requests.

Participants will be involved in an active learning process, focusing on personal experience and self-expression, combining cognitive and emotional elements to ensure long-lasting retention of new knowledge.

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to understand how to: 
  • Utilize the strong therapeutic power of art to promote wellbeing, empathy, as well as personal and professional development; 
  • Learn how art therapy can promote mental and emotional growth through art making in special needs education and in general; 
  • Understand how to use art as a tool to promote integration among students and serve as a special means of communication; 
  • Experiment with art techniques to find the relevant role of art for a positive/effective teacher-student relationship; 

Audience

  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Careers officers; 
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools.

Head teacher of Arts and Wellbeing Courses: Susan Gagliano

Do you want to take more than one course? Build your own 2-week Course!

Is there any doubt you want to clarify? Contact us (teachertraining@europass.it or by Facebook); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.

Specifics

  • Lessons: classes will take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Activities: if not otherwise specified all courses includes at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usuallly on Saturday).
  • Price: 480€

Next courses in Florence

  • 16-21 December 2019
  • 20-25 January 2020
  • 17-22 February 2020
  • 16-21 March 2020
  • 20-25 April 2020
  • 18-23 May 2020
  • 15-20 June 2020
  • 20-25 July 2020
  • 17-22 August 2020
  • 21-26 September 2020
  • 19-24 October 2020
  • 16-21 November 2020

Next courses in Barcelona

  • 2-7 December 2019
  • 6-11 January 2020
  • 3-8 February 2020
  • 2-7 March 2020
  • 6-11 April 2020
  • 4-9 May 2020
  • 1-6 June 2020
  • 6-11 July 2020
  • 3-8 August 2020
  • 7-12 September 2020
  • 5-10 October 2020
  • 2-7 November 2020

Not a EU teacher? This course is for you too!

Although our courses are designed with the European Union Erasmus + program in mind, they are also open to teachers from all non-E.U. countries. Over the last few years we have welcomed increasing numbers of teachers from the USA and Japan, among others.

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Reviews about this course

Davide was an excellent tutor and throughout the course we experienced many different aspects of Art therapy. I am looking forward to incorporating these into my work with sytudents with special needs

John Kinsella

This course offers knowledge of strong therapeutic power of art, mental and emotional growth using special techniques such as painting, 3D, collage, mixed media and photography. The participants were strongly involved in to the learning process and even experienced art therapy outdoors. The course teacher was not only a professional in her own field but also an inspiring individual. The organization of the course was perfect and I would recommend it to every educational worker.

Marija Matijevic

I wanted to praise Davide Bassano for empathy and professionalism. He created a great atmosphere in the group.

Izabela Tusk

Poland

Pleasant learning experience, very friendly teacher and helpful staff. I am grateful for getting an opportunity like this and thankful that there are organizations like EUROPASS this that make it possible. Bringing people, from all over the world together, sharing a learning. I had a great time and I would certainly give it a go again whenever I get the chance!

Marie-José Dings

Dutch
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