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

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Specifics

  • Activities: Our courses usually include two cultural activities. Further information is available on the page of each location.
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Upon the decision of the course provider, classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
  • OID: Discover our OIDs
  • Price: 480 €

Description

Art-related activities are powerful means of personal development, among young students and across their life span. Art has 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 the 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 with 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.

Concept by: Marta Mandolini

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.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & team building

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building;
  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.

Fundamentals in art therapy

  • Fundamentals in Art Therapy: history and core values;
  • Slides presentations, case studies and individual practical activities: “My approach to art.”
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Art and wellbeing

  • Art and Health;
  • How art can enhance our emotional and spiritual wellbeing;
  • Body-related evidence of art’s therapeutic power;
  • Individual and group practical activities: intuitive drawing.

Day 3 – Art and personal development

  • Art and personal growth;
  • Self-knowledge and self-regulation, time and space management skills;
  • Individual and group practical activities: intuitive painting.

Day 4 – Art through perspective

  • Art as a perspective: self-expression, empathy and acceptance of the other;
  • Individual practical activities: photography and 3D.

Day 5 – Art as therapy

  • Art therapy in education: students with special needs;
  • Slides presentation and focus group.

Day 6 – Course closure & excursion

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.

Cultural activities

  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Please note:

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.

If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.

The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course

Next Courses

= Confirmed date

  • 18-23 Oct 2021
  • 15-20 Nov 2021
  • 17-22 Jan 2022
  • 21-26 Feb 2022
  • 21-26 Mar 2022
  • 18-23 Apr 2022
  • 16-21 May 2022
  • 20-25 Jun 2022
  • 18-23 Jul 2022
  • 15-20 Aug 2022
  • 19-24 Sep 2022
  • 4-9 Oct 2021
  • 1-6 Nov 2021
  • 6-11 Dec 2021
  • 3-8 Jan 2022
  • 7-12 Feb 2022
  • 7-12 Mar 2022
  • 4-9 Apr 2022
  • 2-7 May 2022
  • 6-11 Jun 2022
  • 4-9 Jul 2022
  • 1-6 Aug 2022
  • 5-10 Sep 2022
  • 11-16 Oct 2021
  • 8-13 Nov 2021
  • 29 Nov - 4 Dec 2021
  • 13-18 Dec 2021
  • 10-15 Jan 2022
  • 31 Jan - 5 Feb 2022
  • 14-19 Feb 2022
  • 14-19 Mar 2022
  • 11-16 Apr 2022
  • 9-14 May 2022
  • 13-18 Jun 2022
  • 11-16 Jul 2022
  • 25-30 Oct 2021
  • 22-27 Nov 2021
  • 27 Dec - 1 Jan 2022
  • 24-29 Jan 2022
  • 28 Feb - 5 Mar 2022
  • 28 Mar - 2 Apr 2022
  • 25-30 Apr 2022
  • 23-28 May 2022
  • 27 Jun - 2 Jul 2022
  • 25-30 Jul 2022
  • 22-27 Aug 2022
  • 26 Sep - 1 Oct 2022
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Reviews about this course

It was a very interesting experience, considering that my colleague and I were the only participants in the course and we had a really private lesson. All materials were tailored to us and our needs. In addition to English, the professor also spoke Italian. The course was creative, inspiring, interesting and fun. After each day of active participation in the workshops, I felt better and more fulfilled.

Sandra Turina Miočić

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 that make it possible. Bringing people, from all over the world together, sharing 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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