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Art Therapy for Art Teachers

Art is a powerful tool for communication, motivation, and healing. In this course, participants will gain an understanding of the field of art therapy and the role of the art therapist as compared to the role of the art educator. Participants will learn how to harness the power art yields with creative strategies designed for the art classroom. Such strategies will help the art educator foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, and promote creative insight in themselves and students. 

The art therapy field is led by professional art therapists dedicated to and trained in mental health and human services. This course will not lead to certification or licensure in art therapy.

Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1047.00
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 1 Jun 30
Jun 1 Jul 31
Jul 1 Aug 31
Aug 1 Sep 30
Sep 1 Oct 31
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE036

Course Outcomes

  • Learn about the field of art therapy as you identify the underlying differences between art therapy and art education.
  • Explore the functions of behavior and how your observations can inform your responses in the art classroom.
  • Identify professionals in and around your building as you engage in proactive and positive conversations to support your students.
  • Participate in art therapy-inspired activities as you consider meaningful and ethical incorporation in your classroom.
  • Create resources and instructional materials that you can use in your art room.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
What is Art Therapy?
  1. Learn the common myths associated with art therapy, as well as the primary differences between art therapy and art education.
Week 2
Therapeutic Art Strategies
  1. Learn how art therapists elicit powerful responses from clients.
  2. Draw connections to your own students.
Week 3
Your Therapeutic Art Journey
  1. Create artwork and experience firsthand the vulnerability students feel when presented with therapeutic art activities.
Week 4
Reading and Responding to Behavior
  1. Learn how art therapists read behavior.
  2. Prepare a mini case study from your classroom.
Week 5
Building Relationships with Students
  1. Learn how to build relationships (even with hundreds of students!) and communicate boundaries in a meaningful way.
Week 6
Professional Connections
  1. Collaborate with other professionals to deepen your understanding about art therapy and therapeutic art activities in the classroom.
Week 7
  1. Compile your final portfolio, showcasing your work and learning from this class.
Week 8
Final Analysis and Reflection
  1. Reflect and celebrate your learning in the course!

Your Therapeutic Art Journey

A sample assignment from Discussion Board 4 of the class “Art Therapy for Art Teachers”

1. Research

Explore the power of vulnerability in the classroom as you develop a list of questions worth asking your students.

2. Discussion

Practice vulnerability by discussing what feelings and emotions came up during the creative process.

3. Creation

Create a piece of artwork with special attention to the emotions and feelings that you experienced while you worked.

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Art Therapy for Art Teachers”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 2/27/2020)







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