An Introduction to Art Therapy - Looking and Making (Online)

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A series of three short courses that offer an introduction to the potential for art therapy to be a source of personal feeling and meaning.  Designed as a first step towards further professional qualification or as an opportunity to discover how therapeutic art making may be adapted to different contexts and vulnerable clients and groups.

Sign up for one, or all three, of these online courses. Each course offers time for students to engage with personal art making, discussion and reflection and are linked by short presentations on key approaches to art therapy in different contexts.

The courses are offered to anyone interested in an expressive form of art making. Previous experience is not a pre-requisite. Students will be sent a list of art materials to use during the course in their own home or context. Information on further training opportunities in art therapy and a recommended reading list will be provided.

Course 3. Looking and Making: Introduction to Art Therapy

Offered over three half days, this course explores the relationship between therapeutic art making and the benefits of looking at and viewing art. Through a process of creative art making in the workshop, followed by close looking and reflection, we will consider how images can be both evocative of personal and cultural meaning, and offer a shared collective language to facilitate change and encourage well-being.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn an introductory understanding of the key concepts of art therapy.
  • Develop an appreciation of art making as a therapeutically diverse process.
  • Discover how making art can be a means of personal expression and meaning.
  • Explore the relationship between therapeutic art making and the benefits of viewing and reflecting on images.
  • Understand, at an introductory level, the role the art therapist has to effect change for the client.
  • Acquire knowledge of the benefits of art therapy for vulnerable clients in a range of settings.

Course summary

  • Online learning with an experienced lecturer and art therapist.
  • Make links to theory and art therapy practice at introductory level.
  • Understand how the art therapeutic process supports vulnerable adults and children.
  • Suitable for teachers, care workers and artists working creatively with vulnerable clients.
  • Engage with a visual expressive art process and reflect on personal feeling and meaning.

Course expert

Philippa Brown - Formerly the Professional Lead for the MA Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire, Philippa has over 30 years’ experience as an art therapy educator, practitioner, supervisor and artist.

Course dates

Course 3. Looking and Making: Introduction to Art Therapy

Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 June 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00

Course cost


Related courses


  • Course 1. Symbol and Language: An Introduction to Art Therapy - click here to take you to this course page
  • Monday 15 and 16 February 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
  • Course 2. Expression and Meaning: Introduction to Art Therapy - click here to take you to this course page
  • Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 March 2021 - 09:30 to 17:00

On campus

Courses take place in the School of Creative Arts. Tea and coffee are provided.

Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other Creative Arts short courses, please contact the short course team on 01707 285327 or

Online access

All our online courses are taught remotely using Zoom. The classes will be delivered live giving all students the opportunity to fully engage in the lessons with the tutor and other students.

You will need a pc or mac laptop.

Log in details to join the course online will be provided after enrolment.

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed 2 weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and applicants will be informed and where relevant offered an alternative class.

We, therefore, encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.


Refunds for cancellation of places on the course shall not be made during the 14-day period immediately preceding the date on which the course commences.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
21/06/202123/06/2021Mon, Tues & Wed - 10:00 to 13:00£300Apply online