TUTOR: KATHRIN MARKS AND MARY MCGEEVER
"Creativity & Me" is a course taught by two qualified Arts Therapists. This is not a course to be trained to become an Arts Therapist, but rather a course to experience different ways of art making based on the idea of creativity for well-being.
The course offers an experience in art making for personal growth and creative well-being. Arts therapy concepts are woven into the class with a sense of freedom and curiosity at the core of this explorative, creative journey.
The sessions offer a predominantly Open Studio structure where participants can follow their own interests, experiment with art materials and work at their own pace, attention is not directed to acquiring fine art skills. A non-judgmental environment is established in support of this, as participants ignite or reignite their relationship with creativity. All materials are provided.
Art supplies are used as tools for self-expression with no right or wrong way to make art or use the materials. Using a range of art mediums and art activities, participants are encouraged to be open to the art making experiences and all its possibilities; to use their imagination, push boundaries within the art-making process, take creative risks, to make connections with others, the art materials, the art form and themselves.
Some structured art making experiences are offered so as to invite a deeper awareness of personal growth and creative potentials such as the significance of symbols, overall wellbeing, engagement, and imagination. There are also opportunities to inquire, share, and reflect on the creative experience either as a group or independently through writing and journaling.
By the end of the programme, participants will have developed confidence with a range of art materials and techniques, gained an appreciation of their own inherent creativity and will have acquired skills to carry on their creative enquiry in the future.
Each session will start with a warm-up and a group ice-breaker activity. Then different topics will be explored in an Open Studio format, using mixed media. Session topics are Symbols & Metaphors, Self & Positive Emotions, Engagement, Everyday objects and nature, Play and imagination, and Accomplishments.
Session 1: SYMBOLS AND METAPHORS
Session 2: SELF AND POSITIVE EMOTIONS
Session 3: ENGAGEMENT – BODY AND SENSES
Session 4: EVERYDAY OBJECTS AND NATURE – USING WHAT WE FIND
Session 5: PLAY AND IMAGINATION
Session 6: ACCOMPLISHMENTS – PERSONAL MANDALA
Note from the Tutors:
The creative wellbeing class is not a traditional art class. Facilitators do not teach particular art techniques such as figurative drawing, but instead assist each participant to develop and appreciate their own creative process and making meaning from this. The programme supports individual work with opportunities for participation in group discussion and shared experiences. An openness to working with others as well as self-directed art making is desirable. Students should provide their own aprons or art shirt.
THE 6 WEEKS COURSE WILL RUN FROM THURSDAY EVENING 8 MARCH TO 12 APRIL
EACH CLASS WILL START AT 6PM AND FINISH AT 9PM.
About Kathrin Marks: Bachelor of Counselling, MAAT (Clinical) Hons, AThR:
Kathrin is a part-time counsellor and arts therapist at Family Action, a trauma and abuse agency in West Auckland. She is experienced in working with people of all ages as well as with individuals, families, and groups. Kathrin had her own bumpy journey with creativity. At school, she had always felt that her art was never ‘good enough’. Years later, she realized her potential as a story-teller while simultaneously approaching visual arts with curiosity and playfulness. She believes in the inherent creative potential of all people and delights in seeing them discover their potential.
About Mary McGeever, BA, Dip Tchg, Dip RSC, MAAT (Clinical) Hons.:
Mary works part-time as a Creative Arts Therapist at Central Auckland Special School, which is a recent merger of Sunnydene and Carlson schools for children with special needs. She also facilitates retreats for students at Baradene College and art groups for day patients at Totara Hospice. Before training in arts therapy Mary had many years experience as both a primary and secondary school teacher, with a long held interest in the arts, spirituality and creativity. Mary’s interests have grown to include mindfulness and gratitude as tools to support wellbeing, and she is looking forward to sharing a new creative journey of discovery with the participants of this class.
- Please read the course frequently asked questions and terms and conditions.
- A material list will be sent with the enrolment confirmation email.
- This course will run in Term: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4. Please check the 2018 Continuing Education Calendar for the terms dates.
For any question regarding this course, please contact us directly.