Art and Design for Confidence and Well Being (Hillcroft Campus, Surbiton)

(Women Only - Residential option)
This one-term course is designed to build your sense of well-being and develop self-confidence through exploring your creativity.
In a series of weekend sessions you will focus in blocks of 2-3 weeks on a variety of techniques including drawing and painting from observation and imagination, jewellery - design and making, textiles – design and making, illustration and printmaking.
In addition to learning a variety of arts and crafts your course will help you to set your own manageable goals and recognise your own personal responses to social and emotional situations. Your course will include tips and strategies about how to manage stress and develop emotional resilience.

Course Content

Activities include:
• Introduction to visual language and drawing
• Research into art movements and artists, and crafts and crafts practitioners
• Exploration of a range of processes and techniques used in art, design and craft disciplines
• Use of sketchbooks to record and explore ideas
• Health and safety in workshops
• Individual presentations and group work
• Discussion groups to explore the effectiveness of various techniques
• Tutor, peer and self-assessment
• Interactive sessions on developing personal confidence and wellbeing

This is a project-led course and you will produce work on a given theme. There will be no formal assessment but you will receive regular feedback on your work from your peers and tutor.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements but you must be keen to explore your own creativity and experiment with techniques and processes you have never tried before.
You need to be willing to accept constructive criticism, learn from your peers as well as your tutor, take feedback on board and work harmoniously and creatively with your fellow learners.

First Class Requirements

Pen and notebook, A3 sketchbook, any art materials you may possess eg pencils, paints, brushes, pastels etc. Cartridge paper and charcoal will be provided.

Additional Information

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