Art for wellbeing:
Who is this course for?
This course may suit you if you have an interest in learning about your own health and wellbeing through creativity. These are short interactive online live courses aimed at building your skills and knowledge for developing your understanding around arts, creativity and wellbeing. They include practical elements and an opportunity to have live discussions with your tutor and others on the course. This course is suitable for anyone, this is a course for all abilities.
You will be working with your tutor in a virtual learning environment using an online video platform called Zoom. You will be accompanied in your virtual class, with other learners. Your tutor will give practical demonstrations, have discussions, set tasks, give feedback and will support you throughout the course. You will be trying a variety of creative activities including using a range of materials for painting, drawing, colouring, 3D modelling, collage and mixed media. Incorporating ideas, themes, thoughts, words and feelings into work or as inspiration. Working in a supportive atmosphere, this course will provide time for rest, relaxation, expression and reflection. Each week there will be a different activity. There will be the opportunity to explore your own ideas and follow set practical tasks.
Support and feedback
Your tutor will support you throughout the course through online face to face discussions and feedback on your progress where appropriate. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course
Additional costs and requirements
You will need a laptop / PC / phone / tablet with a camera and microphone/headphones and a good internet connection. You will need paper (any size/type will be fine), pencil, pen, felt pens, coloured pencils or other colouring materials, a small set of watercolour or gouache paints, scissors, glue/glue stick, air dry modelling clay (Das or Fimo brands are good) or some homemade salt dough (tutor will provide a recipe and let you know when this may be needed). Your tutor will let you know by email which materials will be wanted for each session.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Your tutor will suggest ideas on what to practice in your own time and will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning. The tutor may set some optional tasks for individuals or the whole group, both within the sessions and to do in your own time. You will also be contacted with information about any resources or materials that you may need to prepare prior to a session
About the tutor
Franca Westaway has been teaching art and design since she came to the South West in the 1990s. Franca is passionate about helping others to gain creative skills and confidence, whatever their area of interest. She has a wide range of experience both in schools and with people of all ages within the community and is particularly keen on 3D and practical techniques across many materials and disciplines, as well as the use of art for personal development and expression and as a therapeutic to