Unnur Ottarsdottir

Born 27th August 1962

Education

1998–2006

University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom, Ph.D. in art therapy.

1988–1991

Pratt Institute, New York, M.A. in art therapy.

1983–1986

Iceland University of Education, Reykjavík, B.Ed in teaching.

Work Experience

2018–

International Erasmus project led by the Iceland University of the Arts. Social Inclusion and Well-being through the Arts and Interdisciplinary Practices (SWAIP). Steering group.

2003–

The Reykjavik Academy, independent researcher. Research and work on academic papers.

1991–

Art Therapy Ottarsdottir, director and independent art therapist.

2014–

The Icelandic University of the Arts. Lecturer. Art therapy in Education I, foundation courses (4 credits).

2013–

Continuing Education Department of University of Akureyri. Part-time teaching. Art Therapy, foundation courses, Akureyri (5 credits).

2016

The Icelandic University of the Arts. Lecturer. Art therapy in Education II, foundation course (6 credits).

2015

Art Therapy Association Romania, teaching. Art therapy for children who have experienced trauma. Courses for psychiatrists, psychologists, teachers, and others who work with children who have experienced trauma.

2013–2014

The Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Supervision of MA student.

2010

Continuing Education - University of Iceland, art therapy teacher. Family Art Therapy. MA course.

2010

Bifröst University, examiner at MA viva for the thesis: Exhibition- and criticism part of children's art creation in art education at primary school level.

2005-2006

University of Akureyri, member of a committee for art therapy education.

2002

Organisation of courses in Iceland: Creative Dimension: Earth, Air, Fire, Water. Teachers: Dr. Janek Dubowski and Richard Hougham.

2001

Continuing Education - University of Iceland, organiser of courses. Storybooks on the Classroom. Teacher Robin Campbell, Professor. Art therapy and autism. Art therapy for Increased Self-esteem. Teacher: Dr. Janek Dubowski

1999–2000

Árbæjarskóli, secondary school. Art therapist, researcher. Art therapy and special education for children with specific learning difficulties who have experienced stress and/or trauma. Research in connection with doctoral studies at University of Hertfordshire.

1995–1997

Kópavogsskóli, secondary school. Art therapist and special education teacher.

1994–1995

Þinghólsskóli, secondary school. Art therapist and special education teacher.

1994–1995

Department of Sports and Leisure in Reykjavík, teaching. Courses on art therapy for employees at community centres.

1992–1994

Secondary schools, introduction. Introduction to art therapy for employees of elementary schools.

1994

Icelandic Management Association, part-time teaching. Course on creative management.

1991–1994

Nanny school of Iceland, part-time teaching. Art therapy course.

1991–1994

High school Kópavogur, part-time teaching. Preparatory studies, integration of Icelandic lessons and art therapy. Art therapy with groups.

1990–1991

Snælandsskóli, secondary school. Art therapist. Individual and group art therapy.

1986–1990

Snælandsskóli, secondary school, school teacher. General teaching of 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 year old children.

1982–1983

Secondary school Ísafjörður, school teacher. General teaching of 6 and 10 year old children.

 

Publications

2019

Ethical Concern when Applying Drawing for Memory: Research Conducted in Iceland. In: A. Di Maria (Eds.). Exploring Ethical Dilemmas in Art Therapy. New York: Routledge.

2018

Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing. ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine, 9(1). Retrieved from: http://journals.gold.ac.uk/index.php/atol/article/view/486/pdf

2018

Art therapy to Address Emotional Well-being of Children who have Experienced Stress and/or Trauma. In: A. Zubala & V. Karkou (Eds.), Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression: International Research in the Arts Therapies (pp. 30-47). Oxford: Routledge.

2013

Grunduð kenning og teiknaðar skýringarmyndir. (Grounded Theory and Drawn Diagrams). In: Sigríður Halldórsdóttir (Ed.), Handbók í aðferðafræði rannsókna (pp. 361-375). Akureyri: University of Akureyri.

2010

Writing-images. Art Therapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. 27(1), 32-39.

2010

Art Therapy in Education for Children with Specific Learning Difficulties who Have Experienced Stress and/or Trauma. In: V. Karkou (Ed.), Arts Therapies in Schools: Research and Practice (pp. 145-160). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

2005

Art Therapy in Education: for Children with Specific Learning Difficulties who Have Experienced Stress and/or Trauma. (Unpublished Ph.D. thesis). University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, England.

2005

Art therapy in Education for Children with Emotional and Specific Learning Difficulties.’ In L. Kossolapow, S. Scoble & D. Waller (Eds.), European Arts Therapy: Different Approaches to a Unique Discipline (pp. 92-96). London: Transaction Publishers.

2004

Skólanám fellt inn í listmeðferð. (Integrating Coursework into Art Therapy). Glæður, 14(2), 19-25.

2004

Listmeðferð og nám. (Art Therapy and Education). Heimili og skóli, júlí, 18-19.

Lectures

2018

Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing. Keynote speaker, 20th Nordic Art Therapies Conference, Hveragerdi, Iceland.

2018

Research through Art. Fullveldismaraþon, the Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavik.

2016

Art Therapy in Education. The art educators day: … share, communicate, create. Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik.

2016

Art Educational Therapy for Literacy Learning and Emotional Well-being. International Scientific Events. Education, Research & Development, Bulgaria.

2016

Art Therapy Research, Grounded Theory and Drawn Diagrams. Embodied eyes: Contemporary Arts Therapies. Nordic Art Therapy Seminar, Helsinki, Finland.

2016

Art Therapy and Creativity. Spring conference. The State Diagnostic and Counselling Centre, Reykjavik.

2015

Art Therapy and Writing-images. Lecture for personnel at Millfields Community School, London.

2014

Writing-images: For Enhancing Emotional Well-being and Facilitating Coursework Learning. Paper given at Nordic seminar in the creative arts therapies: Sounds from the Deep. Sandefjord, Norway.

2014

Þátttakendur virkjaðir: Listamaður – fræðimaður / Listgreinakennari – almennur kennari. (Inspiring the Participants: Artist – academic / Art Education Teacher – Coursework Teacher) Workshop held and paper given at the Icelandic Teachers Union, Reykjavík.

2014

Nú er námsfærni endurheimt með skrifmyndum (Now We Reclaim Educational Abilities through Writing-images). H-21 Symposium Reykjavík Academy, Reykjavík.

2013

Frjó fræðimennska – fræðileg myndlist (Creative Research – Academic Art). Paper given at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts at a conference on research and creativity, Hugarflug, Reykjavík.

2013

Writing-images. Paper given at International Art Therapy Conference. Finding a Voice, Making Your Mark: Defining Art Therapy for the 21st Century: Goldsmiths, London.

2013

Art Therapy. Paper given at the Reykjavik School of Visual Art.

2012

Grounded Theory with Drawn Diagrams. Paper given at the Iceland Academy of the Arts at a conference on research and creativity, Hugarflug, Reykjavík.

2012

Art Therapy. Paper given at the Reykjavik School of Visual Art.

2011

Art Therapy and Education. Paper given at the Icelandic Art Therapy Association.

2011

Art Therapy with Adults. Paper given at the NLFI Rehabilitation and Health Clinic.

2011

Art Therapy with Children. Papers given at Department of Sports and Leisure in Reykjavík.

2010

Grunduð kenning sem rannsóknaraðferð (Grounded Theory as Research Method). Paper given at University of Akureyri,fourth conference about qualitative research, Akureyri.

2005

Art Therapy and Writing-images. Paper given at the European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education. ECArTE. Arts Therapies: Grounding the Vision: to Advance Theory and Practice, University of Crete.

2005

Listmeðferð og nám. (Art Therapy and Education). Paper given at the Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavík.

2005

Listmeðferð og myndskrift. (Art Therapy and Writing Images). Paper given at the Iceland University of Education Reykjavik.

2004

Art Therapy and Education for Children Who Have Experienced Emotional Difficulties and/or Trauma and Have Difficulty with Learning. Paper given at University of Hertfordshire, England.

2004

Art Therapy in Education for Children with Emotional and Specific Learning Difficulties. Paper given at the Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavík.

2003

Art Therapy in Education for Children with Emotional and Specific Learning Difficulties. Paper given at the European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education. ECArTE. Arts Therapy: Recognized Discipline or Soul-Graffiti?, Madrid.

2003

Art Therapy in Education for Children with Emotional and Specific Learning Difficulties. Paper given at the Icelandic Educational Research Association (IERA) at the Icelandic research centre: Gróska og margbreytileiki, Reykjavík.

2003

Art Therapy in Education for Children with Emotional and Specific Learning Difficulties. Paper given at the Iceland University of Education conference: Skóli fyrir alla, Reykjavík.

Extracurricular Activities

2015

Iceland Academy of the Arts.
Research comity.

2008-2013

Icelandic Art Therapy Association.
Member of the Board.

2006-2008

Icelandic Art Therapy Association.
Chairman.

2004-2006

Icelandic Art Therapy Association.
Cashier.

Grants

2017

Hagþenkir

2015

MUGGUR

2014

ERASMUS plus

2014

Hagþenkir

2013
Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS)

2012

Hagþenkir

2010

Nordplus

2010

Nordplus

2007

Menningarsjóður Félagsheimila

2007

Menningarsjóður Félagsheimila