Mental Health issues have been exacerbated due to the pandemic, the recession, and our current political climate. Therapeutic art practices can be used to promote healing, social emotional learning, and positive mental health. In this blended studio course, students will gain an introduction to visual and performance art techniques used in therapeutic art programs and the differences between "art in therapy" and "art as therapy." History and theories of art therapy will be covered through demonstrations, readings, guest lectures, and virtual field trips. Students will also create self-directed visual projects (in a variety of media) while participating in "experientials," role playing as both therapist and patient.
Fulfills electives for the Art Education Certificate Program and open to all other students.