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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
Contact Hours Total
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
Feb 1 Mar 31
Mar 1 Apr 30
Apr 1 May 31
May 1 Jun 30
Jun 1 Jul 31
Only 9 days remaining to enroll in the next section of this course.
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE036
Course Code

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. Get to know your instructor and peers and their experience with therapeutic art.
  2. Learn the common myths associated with art therapy, as well as the primary differences between art therapy and art education.
  3. Consider ethical concerns related to therapeutic practices.
Week 2
The Power of Art
  1. Learn about the healing power of art as you dive into documented examples.
  2. Share about a time in which you personally experienced the healing power of art.
  3. Discuss topics that you are unsure how to address in the art room.
Week 3
Therapeutic Art Strategies
  1. Learn how art therapists elicit powerful responses from clients.
  2. Explore small and large group dynamics.
  3. Develop a list of student exercises to implement in your art classroom.
Week 4
Your Therapeutic Art Journey
  1. Relish in the opportunity to make art and feel the vulnerability students face when presented with therapeutic art.
  2. Learn about the power of vulnerability in the classroom.
  3. Explore the benefits of encouraging risk-taking and reflection.
Week 5
Reading and Responding to Behavior
  1. Learn how art therapists read behavior.
  2. Explore a host of strategies for responding to behavior.
  3. Prepare a mini case study.
Week 6
Building Relationships with Students
  1. Learn how to build relationships (even with 100s of students!)
  2. Develop the skills necessary to identify and communicate clear boundaries.
  3. Create an action plan to improve relationships.
Week 7
Professional Connections
  1. Identify key individuals for networking and support.
  2. Understand when to ask for help.
  3. Collaborate with other professionals to deepen your understanding of art therapy and therapeutic art activities.
Week 8
Final Portfolio
  1. Prepare a credo statement illustrating your goals for the art classroom following this course.
  2. Compile your final portfolio, showcasing your work and learning from this class.
  3. Celebrate your learning with your instructor and peers.

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.

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