Creativity and the Unconscious
What you will learn
Use art materials, images and other resources to create artwork inspired by personal memories, meaning and symbolism. Come away with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the work of CG Jung, symbolism, the collective unconscious & archetypal thinking together with a practical connection to the nature of universal symbolism and your unconscious mind.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Use art materials, images and other resources to create artwork inspired by personal memories, meaning and symbolism.
- Keep journals, dream diaries and research and develop themes for project work.
- Have an understanding of the work of CG Jung, universal symbolism, the collective unconscious and archetypal thinking.
- Use art techniques and games to help foster free association, spontaneity and play, and lead to new creative ideas.
Class format and activities
This course combines studio-based workshops alongside a homework commitment of journaling and research, plus an online forum and community of practice.
A facilitator who is a practising Art Psychotherapist leads the workshops. There will be a maximum of 10 students in the group, to ensure a full and supported experience for each student.
The 6 workshops are staggered across 2 terms. Dates = 4 Oct, 18th Oct, 1 Nov, 17 Jan, 31 Jan, 14 Feb. In-between workshops, students are offered a supported process of personal inquiry and recording. These ‘home-works’ deepen the process and make significant difference to the final outcomes of artwork.
The workshops are a combination of visual presentations, taught material, play, experiential art making and group discussions. They are designed around symbolic themes and Jungian concepts of archetypes using thematic templates, forming a 3-stage process to help people into a state of ‘flow’. This is achieved by gradually reducing the directive nature of the templates, thus allowing a growing instinctual response. The workshops are multi sensory, using image and sound to enhance the connection to the symbolic theme.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
Prospective students should have a desire to ‘play’ with ideas and art materials. Some experience of art making and a commitment to personal introspection and reflection would be helpful.
No prior knowledge of psychology or therapy is required.
What you need to know before you enrol
This course will be a helpful resource for people who:
• Feel they would like to be more creative but don’t know where to begin
• Have done some art classes but struggle to engage deeply in the art making process and to find their own ‘voice’
• Are competent at art but feel that they have become stuck with their imagery and ideas
• Are interested in therapeutic processes that use art, and in the unconscious, particularly the work of CG Jung
Although this will not be an Art Therapy group it will have some similarities:
• Working with a group of individuals who are all pursuing similar themes affects the exploratory process and experience of art making.
• Personal reflections can be greatly enhanced by the experience of sharing thoughts and experiences and listening to those of others
• You may experience deep emotions but, importantly, you can expect acceptance and understanding within a group that has committed to sensitivity and confidentiality.
What you will need for your class
All basic materials for the sessions are provided. You are welcome to bring along your own art materials if there are particular media that you are keen to use. You are encouraged to bring personal material such as photos, mementoes and significant objects.
You will be required to buy or create a journal in which you record thoughts, memories, dreams and reflections. The format of the journal is a personal choice but should be able to house a combination of writing and images and, importantly, it should be a constant companion throughout the course.
What you can do next
Throughout the course recommended reading, exhibitions and further avenues for Continuing Professional Development will be made.
Continue to grow your portfolio of artwork; anyone considering studying Art Psychotherapy will find this course very useful.
Complementary courses at Morley that combine art and the imagination would be of interest such as "Creative Drawing & Painting", "Draw & Paint: Personal Projects", "Experimental Painting", "Creative Sketchbooks", and "Materials, Techniques & Ideas".