Skip to content
Unnur Óttarsdóttir

Webinars - Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing

Free online webinars - English

Webinar

Art therapy and education, course held in Italy, March 20–22, 2020

Dr. Unnur Ottarsdottir will teach the course Art Therapy and Education at Art Therapy Italiana in Milan, Italy 20, 21 and 22 March, 2020. The course is intended for art therapists who work in schools. Further information is provided through email: segreteria@arttherapyit.org and by phone: +39 (0) 51 644 04 51. The maximum number of…

Free Webinar

Webinars on Memory drawing, April 18, 2020

Dr Unnur Ottarsdottir, art therapist, teacher and artist, will be hosting free webinars on “Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing”, in which research findings about drawing and memory will be introduced. The webinars are open to everyone interested. The research was conducted by Ottarsdottir in two related parts. One hundred and thirty-four subjects…

Lecture in London

Memory drawing and emotional processing – London October 31, 2020

Dr Unnur Ottarsdottir, art therapist, teacher and artist, will give a lecture on the 31st of October 2020 in London on “Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing”, in which research findings about drawing and memory will be introduced. The lecture is open to everyone interested. The research was conducted by Ottarsdottir in two…

AATA conference – 31st of October 2019

I gave a lecture on memory drawing at the 50th anniversary American Art Therapy Association Conference, 31st of October 2019, where I talked about my research on how effective drawing is for increasing memory and processing emotions. It was great to meet with so many art therapists from around the world, learn about their art…

Upcoming Courses and Lectures

Introduction to Art Therapy for educators

Workshop: LIVE ONLINE via Zoom
Hosted by Dr Unnur Ottarsdottir, art therapist, artist and teacher
Dates: Friday 24th of April, 8th of May and 22nd of May 2020 11:00 – 14:00

Read more

Introduction to Art Therapy for therapists

Workshop: LIVE ONLINE via Zoom
Hosted by Dr Unnur Ottarsdottir, art therapist, artist and teacher
Dates: Friday 24th of April, 8th of May and 22nd of May 2020 15:00 – 18:00

Read more

Integrating memory drawing into Art Therapy

Workshop: LIVE ONLINE via Zoom
Hosted by Dr Unnur Ottarsdottir, art therapist, artist and teacher
Dates: Saturday 25th of April, 9th of May & 23rd of May 2020 13:00 – 16:00

Read more

Art Therapy and Education

Seminar in Milan, Italy
Hosted by Art Therapy Italiana

Tutor: Dr. Unnur Ottarsdottir, art therapist, artist and teacher

Dates: Friday 20th of March, Saturday 21st of March, Sunday 22nd of March 2020

Read more

Lecture on Memory Drawing in Reykjavík

The lecture will take place at 2PM on the 18th of April 2020 at 2PM

Address: ReykjavíkurAkademían, Þórunnartún 2, 105 Reykjavík

Read more

Lecture on Memory Drawing in London

The lecture will take place at 2 PM on the 31st of October 2020

Address: Lift Hub, 45 White Lion Street, London N1 9PW

Read more

Introduction to Art Therapy

Course held in Reykjavík

Read more

Webinars

Memory Drawing

Dr Unnur Ottarsdottir, art therapist, teacher and artist, will be hosting free webinars on “Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing”, in which research findings about drawing and memory will be introduced. The webinars are open to everyone interested.

The research was conducted by Ottarsdottir in two related parts. One hundred and thirty-four subjects participated in the part of the study where they were asked to draw the content of certain words and write other words down. Some subjects were asked to remember after three weeks what they had written and drawn, and others after nine weeks. In both cases, words that were drawn were generally recalled much more successfully than words that were written. Drawing was generally as much as five times more effective then writing when recalled nine weeks after the original memorisation. To the best of knowledge, research regarding such long-term memory of drawings has not been conducted worldwide, prior to now.

In the other related part of the research, Ottarsdottir conducted a qualitative study with five children who had experienced stress or trauma and had specific learning difficulties. The children drew pictures partly to memorise coursework material. Indications were found that such drawing could facilitate processing of emotions associated with difficult or traumatic experiences.

Art therapy theories and methods were found to be important in order to understand the memory drawing process. It appears that drawing, in art therapy, provides sufficient safety so that the children often manage to express vulnerable and complex feelings more easily through drawing than they do through speaking. The memory drawing research is contextualised within the literature on related research studies, methods and theories.

Participants in the webinar will be invited to take part in a drawing/writing exercise which explains the way in which the quantitative part of the research was conducted. The exercise provides insight into the functions of memorising through drawing and writing.

Ottarsdottir is available for giving lectures on demand, about the memory drawing. To schedule an a lecture, contact her through email unnur@unnurarttherapy.is or by phone at 00354 8670277. The full paper on the research, “Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing”, was published in ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine, and can be viewed here.

Ottarsdottir will be hosting the two webinars (London time):

  • Saturday, 18 April 2020, at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, 18 April 2020, at 2:00 am

Attendance to the webinars is free and open to everyone.