Art for Wellbeing Level 1

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    Part Time

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    12 Weeks

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    Tuesday 5th November 2024


The Art for Wellbeing course has been designed to foster creativity as a pathway to enhanced mental health and emotional balance. This Level 1 Award in Craft offers an enriching experience where you can explore various art forms, develop new skills, and connect deeply with your inner self.

This course invites you to undertake independent research to enrich your personal progression and experience, although this is not a requirement. Emphasising a mindful approach, you will be encouraged to slow down, appreciate the inspiration around you, and translate your emotional responses into your creative process.

This course is ideal for individuals seeking to:

  • Engage in creative art making for self-expression and relaxation
  • Increase self-awareness and self-confidence
  • Dedicate time to valuable 'me' time in the company of a small, supportive group
  • Experience the therapeutic benefits of creative activities
  • No prior experience in art making is necessary to join

You will explore a variety of creative techniques, including:
Ceramics and Pottery: Learn hand-building and thrown pottery techniques, and experiment with various glazing and decorating methods.
Printmaking: Try your hand at lino, monoprinting, collagraph, and dry-point techniques to create cards or other gifts.
Felt: Discover needle felting and traditional felt-making to create pictures, 3D objects, and hand-embellished items.
Painting and Drawing: Develop skills in watercolour, charcoal, pastels, and inks.
3D Craft Techniques: Experiment with wire, paper, and assemblage to create unique three-dimensional artworks.

What will I do?

Class activities will include experimental art-making with different materials, learning different ways of seeing and recording, and learning new craft-related skills.

By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of the value and role of art and creativity for mental well-being and be equipped with skills, confidence, and knowledge of a range of craft material, techniques, and processes.

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

  • Explore craft resources – in this unit, you will explore the different art
  • Explore craft ideas – in this unit you will look at the work of other artists, using their work to inspire you to develop your ideas and work.
  • Create, present and review a final art Item – in this unit, you will plan, produce, reflect on and display a piece of your artwork.

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 the different crafts you will have tried.

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 5th November 2024 you will attend college for one session per week, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, at our Boston Campus (Rochford).

This course will also run in htne Spring term, starting Wednesady 5th February 2025.

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 £25,000 (annual gross salary) a year

If you do not qualify for the Adult Educational Budget, Creativity for Wellbeing will cost you £585.00.

The L1 Award is a 100% practical course. It will be assessed through your participation in a series of workshops, your research and the 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.

This course aims to give you confidence in creating artwork, from the 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 £5 that accompanies the course.

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