An Introduction to Art Therapy - Looking and Making

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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 studio based courses at the School of Creative Arts. 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.  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

This two day 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

  • Studio based 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 and Tuesday 22 June 2021 - 10:00 to 16:00

Course cost


Related courses

On campus

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


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

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 you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers.

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

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through the Universities’ online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement.

Where to find us

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

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If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
21/06/202122/06/2021Mon & Tues 10:00 to 16:00£300Apply online