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Explorations in Art Course

Thurs 26 September, 1.30 - 3.30pm, 8 weeks. £158 Full / £132 Conc

  • 2 hr
  • From 132 British pounds
  • West Hill Hall

Description of Class

There is a concession available for this course for people: Under 25, over 65 or in full time unemployment. Details of Course: Inks, painting mark-making and collage incorporating art therapy, group work and positive psychology. Guided activities experimenting and playing with a range of art materials, open to all regardless of previous experience in art. Previous participants of the ' Discoveries through Drawing ' course will find new activities. These group sessions are an invitation to play and explore with art materials, regardless of your previous experience in art. Each session begins with a verbal check in with each other in the group, followed by experiential work in guided art making processes, and ends with a group sharing. "The art work we make together often surprises. It comes about through our letting go of preconceived ideas, standards or expectations about a finished product. We work together quietly in a supportive space which engenders discovery, spontaneity and fun. All you need to bring is a willingness to experiment." What follows on from the process of exploring with materials such as inks, paints, & pastels, in a guided, non judgemental way - happens without effort, usually reveals more of our own potential & creativity and can lead to a positive impact on well-being and a lessening of stress." tutor, Michael Gale. Your tutor Michael Gale trained in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths, University of London in 1996, gaining experience within adult mental health and drug & alcohol dependency settings, and then as a qualified Registered Art Therapist, within special education and mainstream schools offering 1-1 and group Art Therapy. He studied Fine Art and continues to make paintings and collages as well as facilitating experimental art workshops for adults. Testimonials '10/10: I really enjoyed the experimental nature of the course. Each week we explored something new. For me, this course has allowed me to enjoy art again; to have fun with it - something I've not allowed myself in years.' Nicole, Lewes, April 2024 "Michael is a welcoming, encouraging and "supportive teacher who created a relaxed and permissive space in which it was very easy to engage in a series of structured exercises. I enjoyed all of it, particularly using techniques that aim to bypass normal ways of drawing and making art. Thoroughly recommended!" Mick, Brighton, June 2022

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