Unnur Óttarsdóttir mun kenna námskeiðið Listmeðferð og nám hjá Art Therapy Italiana í Mílanó á Ítalíu 16., 17. og 18. október 2020. Námskeiðið er ætlað fyrir listmeðferðarfræðinga sem vinna í skólum. Nánari upplýsingar eru veittar með tölvupósti: firstname.lastname@example.org og í síma: +39 (0)51 644 04 51. Hámarks fjöldi þátttakenda er 15.
The course is intended for art therapists working in schools. The participants will be given an opportunity to share their experiences, emotions and thoughts about working as art therapists in schools, thereby gaining perspectives and understandings about their work issues and projects.
Through art making, sharing, discussions and lectures the participants will gain knowledge about the basis of the methods and theories of Art Educational Therapy (AET). Coursework learning is integrated into art therapy in AET through art making with the aim of facilitating coursework learning and enhancing emotional well-being, and specific learning difficulties are observed in relation to emotional difficulties.
One of the concepts of AET, “writing-images”, will be reviewed, which refers to the process of drawing pictures of letters and numbers. The “writing-image stage”, which describes a phase when children experiment with drawing writing-images prior to learning to read, will be discussed. Methods of making writing-images will be introduced. Opportunities to work with writing-images in AET enables the child to reclaim the learning potential of an early developmental “writing-image” phase.
Another method of AET consists of "Memory Drawing”. Such drawing aids individuals in better memorizing various facts related to their coursework learning. A quantitative study conducted by Ottarsdottir showed that over long time periods, it is generally five times easier to recall drawn images of word content than written words. Along with aiding memory retention, memory drawing facilitates processing of emotions and difficult experiences in the same way as the art-making process functions within art therapy.