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

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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; 

Target 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); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.

Details, locations and dates

  • Price: 480€
  • Activities included: if not otherwise specified all courses includes at least one city guided tour and one full day excursion.
  • Lessons are from Monday to Saturday, if not stated otherwise.
  • Class Schedule: class activities will take place in Morning (9 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).

Next courses in Florence

  • 21-26 October 2019
  • 18-23 November 2019
  • 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

Next courses in Barcelona

  • 7-12 October 2019
  • 4-9 November 2019
  • 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

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

Our courses are designed to fit the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, but are available also for teachers from all non EU countries.

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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

It was a pleasure for me and my sister to take part in your course and we hardly wait to share the acquisitions we have made there with my colleagues.

Georgeta Balan

The course was spectacular and I hope to see you as soon as possible.

Carlos Gomes

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

Izabela Tusk

Poland

I really enjoyed participating in EUROPASS course. It gave me this kind of refreshment in my academic approach towards my students. I would love to take part in similar event in the future.

Agnieszka Kowal

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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