This exploratory journey, over 8 weeks, which will involve both theory and experiential learning, will encourage participants to explore their own unconscious minds through a range of creative exercises. Through the creation of ‘inscapes,’ artefacts based on the inner-world of the Imagination, each participant will be enabled to produce a ‘portfolio’ journal of their individual journey of exploration. Each week there will also be time for sharing some of these images from the unconscious with the group, encouraging an active learning community, in which members can learn from one another.
While we tend to attribute the ‘Discovery of the Unconscious’ to Sigmund Freud, it can be argued that Artists have been actively engaged in exploring this mysterious terrain of the Unconscious ever since Human-kind evolved ‘Consciousness’.
It is important to stress that this Short Course will not provide ‘training’ in Art Therapy and nor is it designed to offer therapy to the participants. Rather, it is designed to provide opportunity for a creative exploration of some of the theories, ideas and techniques that inform Art Therapy, at an introductory level. Because of the highly experiential nature of the classes, participants should expect, and be open to, a degree of personal exploration, disclosure and sharing, which might be psychologically demanding at times.