Art for Wellbeing Level 1

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    Part Time

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    12 Weeks

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    Tuesday 19th of March 2024


The Creativity for Wellbeing course has been designed by a practicing artist who also has extensive clinical experience and knowledge about the value and contribution of art in promoting mental wellbeing.

The course is delivered in a practical way, encouraging personal development in skills and confidence in art making. Handouts will be provided in support of the content of the course, with references to further reading and resources. Past and present artistโ€™s work will be viewed to help support inspiration towards forming individual creative ideas.

You will be encouraged to undertake independent research in support of your own progression and experience of the course, although not a requirement. The delivery of the course will have parallels to the practice of โ€˜Mindfulnessโ€™ and you will be encouraged to slow down in pace and to rediscover the rich source of inspiration that surrounds us and learn about your emotional response and how this can be translated into your creative process.

The course is aimed at individuals wanting to explore creative art making for self-expression and/or for relaxation; for those hoping to increase self-awareness and/or self-confidence; or those just wanting to give a couple of hours a week to valuable โ€˜meโ€™ time in the company of a small group of like-minded people. No previous experience in art making is required.

What will I do?

The Art for Wellbeing course is experiential through guided, practical activities that will activate your creativity and reconnect you with your inner child. Class activities will include experimental art making with different materials; learning different ways of seeing and recording; printmaking with found objects and natureโ€™s bounty; introduction to โ€˜Sow Stitchโ€™; making and recording approaches to journaling; and making art in an emotional response to music.

You will be supported to pursue your own creative interest, inspired by course content and learning.

By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of the value and role of art and creativity for mental wellbeing and will be informed about the affects upon the mind and body as calming chemicals are released into the brain. You will be equipped with skills, confidence, and knowledge in some creative, low-cost, activities which scientific evidence-based research has identified to be beneficial to promote mental wellbeing, and which you can develop further independently beyond the end of the course.

You will study three units designed to give you a thorough understanding of the subject:

  • Explore craft resources โ€“ in this unit you will explore the different art
  • Explore craft ideas โ€“ in this unit you will look at the work of other artists, using their work to inspire you to develop your own ideas and work.

  • Create, present and review a final art Item โ€“ in this unit you will plan, produce, reflect on and display a piece of your own artwork

In order to pass this course, you will need to complete all three of these units. You will need to document your processes and findings for submission. This record will be returned to you following moderation and will, in future, be a valuable resource for you to revisit to remind yourself of your creative journey, as well as being able to refresh your memory on how to do t

There is no formal entry requirement. No experience of art making is required.

Art for Wellbeing will take you 12 weeks to complete, starting Tuesday 19th of March 2024 you will attend college for one session per week, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, at our Boston Campus (Rochford).

There is an expectation that you will undertake additional work at home in order to back up classroom activity.

Creativity for Wellbeing Level 1 may be fully funded by the Adult Education Budget should you be eligible under the following criteria:

  • Be aged 19 or older on the 31st August at the start of the current academic year
  • Be either unemployed and receiving JSA, ESA or Universal Credit (subject to criteria) OR be earning less than ยฃ20,319 (annual gross salary) a year

If you do not qualify for the Adult Educational Budget, Creativity for Wellbeing will cost you ยฃ316.00.

The L1 Award is a 100% practical course. It will be assessed through your participation in a series of workshops, your individual research and production of your final piece (s). All coursework will be assembled in an annotated sketchbook, which will be internally assessed by your tutor and externally moderated by the examination body.

The aim of this course is to give you confidence in creating artwork, from initial idea, through development to the execution and presentation of the final piece.

The course may ignite your curiosity and interest in other courses offered by the college. E.g. in Art and Design, or craft courses, Psychology, or Bite-size courses such as Mindfulness, or Mental Health information.

You will be required to purchase a Sketchbook at around ยฃ20 that accompanies the course.

How to Apply.

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Creating an account is easy, just click โ€˜Apply for this courseโ€™ below.

If you have any questions before you apply, or would like to find out more about studying an adult course with us, please message us through our contact us form, call 01205 313218 or email

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