South West one-week Art Therapy Foundation course-
- experiential workshops- working independently and in groups
- Introduction to the basic principles of art therapy
- Art therapy within child and adolescent mental health services
- Art therapy in secure units/ forensics
- Art therapy and learning difficulties
- Sensory art/ attachment theories
- Art therapy and trauma, eating disorders, the list is endless !
For the last few years I have become more interested in becoming an Art Therapist/ Art Psychotherapist after my Fine Art degree. Since May 2018, I have been working as a Side by Side volunteer at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and this has given me a drive to discover what opportunities of work are available to me after University, working with others in need. Therefore, I signed up to this foundation course to try get a clearer idea on day to day life as an Art Therapist, what would be involved and whether or not I would really enjoy this role ! Becoming an Art Therapist is a long process, so I wanted to make sure that this was right for me.
This experience has given me a tremendous drive to learn the skills of an Art Therapist to help those who could benefit from the creative practise. I do not want to waste the skills I have learnt during my creative degree, and I would love to combine my love for helping others with my passion for creating artwork.
The course has made me look at my own practise in a very different light as well. Over the course of my three years at University, I have continued to take an interest in architecture, and space. I don’t believe I truly knew why I was drawn to these subjects but I have a clearer idea about why I always chose such intricate buildings to draw. Further, I can understand why I am interested in texture as well as having an interest in other peoples perceptions of space. During the experiential workshops which I took part in over the course of the week, I began to draw in a very free, loose, and expressive way without focusing on aesthetic appeal. I discovered that I was much more able to express my feelings on different subjects which the therapists asked us to think about, and I want to continue to explore this further. Thinking about the work I create at University, I believe that the drawings I create represent me as a person. I am a very patient, diligent worker which very much reflects my patient, and focused personality. Further, the act of drawing straight lines, grids, and systems reflects the way I approach different day to day experiences. The reason I look at texture, the interior, different archways etc. I think is my way of digging deeper into my unconscious thoughts in a focused way.
Going forward, I am going to continue to focus on architecture, as I believe I would lose the connection with the creative process if I changed subjects. I am also going to keep a separate sketchbook where I can create work freely when I feel I need to express or process something. I have kept the work I created during my foundation week, and I am constantly discovering new elements to the work, the more I look at it. I am interested in creating work and seeing what they mean to me in the future.
Below are a few photographs of the works I created last week in response to case studies I heard about, and lectures;
(I will upload better photographs during the week of these works)
This is a combination of individual pieces I made, and works I created in a group with others that were on the course.
I have become aware of the immense power that being creative, in a safe and secure environment, can have on a person after experiencing these workshops.