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Therapeutic Practices in Art Education

Art is a powerful therapeutic tool for physiological, social, emotional, and spiritual growth and healing. In this course, participants will explore the transformative power of creativity through therapeutic artmaking activities and reflective practices. This course introduces participants to various therapeutic art education practices, the healing power of art in relation to self and others, and methods for developing creativity and imagination. By course end, participants will understand how to organically, purposefully, and ethically integrate therapeutic strategies into their classroom management methods, instructional strategies, art education curriculum, assessments, and personal artmaking practices.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.



Required Materials


  • Sketchbook for Visual Journaling – 8”x10” or larger
  • Oil pastel or wax crayon
  • Watercolors and brushes
  • Your choice of a variety of art-making materials for drawing, painting, collage
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition. ISBN 978-1-4338-3216-1 If you do not already own this manual from an earlier AOEU course.

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video input and output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (not provided by AOEU)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
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 $1197.00
Mon 8 Sun
Mar 6 Weeks Apr 30
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Mar 6 Apr 30
Jun 5 Jul 30
Jul 3 Aug 27
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE060

Course Objectives

  • Analyze therapeutic art approaches and their impact on physiological, social, emotional, and cognitive growth.
  • Create personal works of art through therapeutic art-making experiences.
  • Synthesize therapeutic strategies to benefit physiological functions and increase social-emotional and cognitive skills.
  • Produce practical therapeutic assessments through reflective practices.

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