Therapeutic Arts
for support, development and well-being

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Participating in artistic work enables us to connect to ourselves as individuals and explore our inner life which shares its essential nature with the spirit. We develop new insights into who we are and are enlivened and renewed through the creative journey.

This program invites you to explore the therapeutic value of working with a range of artistic modalities. It is not an art therapy training, but does offer an experiential framework, based upon an anthroposophical understanding of human development, for exploring the therapeutic effects of the arts in our lives.

This course is for everyone and requires no prior experience or specialist knowledge. It offers knowledge and skills to educators, therapists, and anyone wishing to bring richness into every day life and work.

In this course we will:

  • Explore clay work
  • Learn about the four lower senses
  • Drawing and form drawing
  • Learn the Goethean method to observe forms in the natural world
  • Bring order to chaos from the two-dimensional to the three-dimensional
  • Develop the will
Through art we have an enlivened path for transformation – it is the place from which the  soul reaches out for health and wellbeing.

Therapeutic benefits of the course

Sculptural modelling works on human development by providing our senses with a rich experience, enhancing our abilities as sensitivity and skills are developed in our hands.  It works on our emotional intelligence when it challenges and pulls us, when we try to find meaningful expression, and when we try to overcome our hurdles and limits, whatever they may be. It also works on intellectual abilities and thought processes, particularly on flexibility of thought. It is an ideal material to work with the dissociating forces that stress experiences can pose. Working with this malleable material develops our will-capacity and resilience to accomplish and complete tasks in other fields. Finally it gives us the opportunity to integrate our thinking, feeling and willing.

We also introduce form drawing which has the power to bring order to chaos and flow to what is not flowing.  We will cover its other therapeutic applications.

We will undertake Goethean observation, observing plants and using a variety of modalities to draw, paint and model them.  When we closely observe nature, we experience beauty in the body, take this into our memory which lives in the etheric body, allow it to enter our feeling life, thus strengthening and forming our inner core.  This way of working is a therapy for the senses, inviting trust in life, while harmonising body, soul and spirit.   

 

Practical Information

Term 3:  22 July – 2 September

Term 4:  7 October – 18 Novermber

7.00 – 8.30pm

Every Monday evening live-streamed online.

Each session will be recorded and available for viewing for the duration of the course.  Recordings will be removed at the end of the term.  It is the responsibility of each student to keep up-to-date with the sessions.

Tania Hungerford

Tania Hungerford has taught at the Seminar for more than 20 years and over this time has developed rich and meaningful learning experiences for the many students who have come to study here. She teaches across a range of courses and subjects, bringing a depth of experience working out of anthroposophy, and drawing on a comprehensive background of training in the areas of sculpture, social science, form drawing, biography work, counselling and art therapy.

Tania teaches subjects in the full time Advanced Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education including: sculpture, form drawing, the twelve senses, human development, the four temperaments, Goethean observation, professional communication and conflict resolution, understanding and working with trauma and developing inclusive teaching practices for working with children with special learning needs.

She also teaches in our part-time online and on-campus courses:  Foundations, Primary Class Teacher Rudolf Steiner Ed 1-6Therapeutic Arts for Support, Development and Well-being; arts short courses (sculpture, wood carving).

Over the past decade Tania has offered many professional development programs to Waldorf teachers in schools around Australia and in Asia. Tania has qualifications including a Certificate in Steiner Education; Advanced Diploma in Rudolf Steiner Education; Certificate in Biography Counselling; Bachelor of Social Science/Counselling; Grad Diploma in Experiential and Creative Art; Masters of Therapeutic Arts Practice;  Certificate of Training and Assessment.

$445 per term

If you wish to withdraw from a course, please send an email to c.kwong@steinerseminar.edu.au.    

  • If you withdraw prior to a course beginning we will refund any fees paid, less a $100 administration fee.
  •  If you withdraw after the first session of the course, we will refund any fees paid,

Participants will receive a Certificate of Professional Development upon completion, subject to your attendance of all sessions or demonstrating proof of having viewed the recordings. 

This course is non-accredited and does not lead to a qualification.

 

For information or assistance please call Carmen on 03 9876 5199 or email at c.kwong@steinerseminar.edu.au .