What you'll learn
- The artwork of several international abstract artists
- How abstract art may be used in art therapy
- Abstract art therapy exercises
- Benefits of abstract art therapy exercises
- A willingness to try new ideas
“Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.
Art therapy is provided in groups or individually, depending on clients' needs. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art.
Although influenced by psychoanalysis, art therapists have been inspired by theories such as attachment-based psychotherapy and have developed a broad range of client-centred approaches such as psycho-educational, mindfulness and mentalization-based treatments, compassion-focussed and cognitive analytic therapies, and socially engaged practice. Exploring the links between neuro-science and art therapy has also been at the forefront of some of the BAAT's conferences. Importantly, art therapy practice has evolved to reflect the cultural and social diversity of the people who engage in it.”
Source: British Association of Art Therapists
This is a course that :
1. References the abstract art by several internationally famous artists:
2. Through a series of abstract-art-based exercises enables students to a) explore their emotions through artwork b) create such artwork c) develop themselves on a deeper level
3. Through understanding that it is the PROCESS and not the END PRODUCT students are encouraged to a) create b) share and c) discuss. Numerous self-reflection questions are also included with the resources
4. Through looking at, interpreting and commenting on the paintings students will gain through discussion but also by allowing their imagination to develop.
5. By actually doing the numerous abstract art therapy exercises several specific gains will be made:
a. Self-discovery: Responses to exercises will help participating students identify, acknowledge and recognise feelings that have previously been hidden in the subconscious.
b. Self-esteem:. The exercises are superficially very simple, By carrying them out - and then reflecting - there will be a feeling of self-accomplishment . This will enhance confidence, not in your abilities (or not!) as an artist but confidence in knowing more about yourself.
c. Freedom: through your artwork - shared or not - you will be able to let yourself go feelings and fears. No-one is judging. No-one is assessing your abilities as an artist. Emotions bottled up - anger, anxiety, self-loathing, sadness - may be difficult to put into words. The emotional release of making art will help set negative emotions free, free to leave.
d. Stress relief: After initial confusion owing to unfamiliarity with the exercises, stress will reduce and you will lose yourself in your artwork. Your mind and body will relax.
6. Uniquely, the entire course was shot in Cadiz, Spain and so there is a colourful background (beautiful views!) for all lectures.
This is a SHORT COURSE. Maximise your use of it!
NOW INCLUDES A FREE 23 PAGE EBOOK ON ABSTRACT PAINTING TECHNIQUES!
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in self-exploration
- Anyone seeking to learn about abstract art and its use in therapeutic activities
I currently volunteer for:
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43+ years experience teaching Economics, Business, Sociology, Politics and other subjects in schools, universities and other colleges - State and Private Sector. Appeared in 100+ films (including corporate training and fitness videos). 100+ books on Amazon. Featured by the BBC, Polish TV, The Times, The Telegraph and...The Sun.
· University of Oxford (Philosophy and Economics)
· Oxford Brookes (Teacher training)
· University of Glamorgan (Business and Economics)
· Professional qualifications at Masters level
· Business and Economics degree
· Examiner for four major examining boards, at ‘O’ and ‘A’ level.
· Three teaching diplomas plus CELTA
· Qualified fitness trainer
Key academic positions held:
· Principal Oxford School of Learning
· Director of Studies: St Joseph’s Hall, Oxford
· Head of Economics: Cherwell Tutors
· Head of Business and Economics: Pipers Corner School, Buckingham
Founder: Almost Random Theatre
Business and Economics background
Set up and ran Oxford Conferences and ran 50+ Business/Economics conferences at schools - all fees to charity
Amazon Business/Economics books include:
· Case studies for Business
· Time management for teachers
· Creativity techniques in Economics
· Drucker in Business Studies
· Creativity in Business
· Business calculations
· Further applications of de Bono
· Applying de Bono
· Philosophy Games
Taught students at the University of Oxford , Brookes University and schools in the state and independent sector
Principal of Oxford School of Learning for 15 years
Created OSL Training and trained Business, Psychology and Sociology teachers
Set up Marketing Education Services in the 1980s and sold cassette tape recordings of my lectures at the University of Oxford
Featured in The Times, The Telegraph, the BBC, ITV and Polish national television owing to the success of my teaching techniques and subsequent success of my students.
Ex-Buyer for a major car company
Psychology and Motivation background
Author of 100+ books on Amazon (mainly Business/Economics/Psychology) including:
· GCSE Psychology thru Mind Maps
· AS/A2 Psychology
· AS Psychology thru Mind Maps
· A2 Psychology thru Mind Maps
· Lifestyle Plan
· The Internet and Psychology
Through his own business OSL Training has run training courses for teachers of Psychology
Writer of several plays about death and appeared in films dealing with death
Theatre and Film Career
· 2012 - set up Almost Random Theatre.
· Since 2012 the theatre has delivered workshops in Scotland, Wales, Czech Republic and Poland as well as 15 schools in England.
· Chris has written/directed over 50 short and 3 one-Act plays that have subsequently been performed in London and Oxford.
· Scripts for three of his plays have been sold, via an Independent publisher, to schools in the UK.
· Course-creator/author of Coping with Old Age and Death - one person's perspective.
· He has also had plays put on - and performed in - Oxford and Brighton Fringes, London, Scotland and Wales.
· Chris has appeared in over 112 films.
· Ambassador for Heart UK
· Stoke Lead and member of Research panel for the Stroke Association
· Board member of Stroke Club UK
· Ambassador for Different Strokes (charity)
· Member of PHC (Public Health Collaboration) UK
· Author of 6-volume Lifestyle Manual
· Author of other Lifestyle books on Amazon
· Originator of the Holman Protocol
Nothing in any of Chris's courses should be interpreted as linking to or representing any of the above stroke organisations.