What is the course about?
This course is practical and experiential and will use a variety of creative therapies to support the process of self-discovery, creativity and self-expression.
We all have a variety of masks that we wear daily. Many of these can be helpful, provide us with protection when we most need it or help us navigate through challenging situations.
In some situations it is unwise to remove our masks, however if parts of them are removed it can enable us to be more honest, open and confident in our relationships.
You will have an opportunity to create a mask. The art-making process allows you to access emotions and feelings that you may have not been able to reach through other means. We all have a creative side so you do not need to be particularly artistic to benefit from this workshop.
What will we cover?
Using a variety of creative therapies such as 'writing therapy' and 'art & imagery', we will explore some of the different ways in which you use masks in your everyday life
We will have discussions, small group work and some guided imagery in a safe and supportive environment.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1. Identify three ways in which working with masks can increase self-awareness and self esteem
2. Describe two ways in which masks can work to serve us
3. Identify at least two ways that creative therapies can help people to access their inner world.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to anyone who is interested in developing their awareness, creativity and self-expression.
This course will involve discussing and releasing emotions then moulding them into a physical form so please come willing to share your masks, thoughts and feelings.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching methods will include tutor presentations; audio-visual aids; class discussion; small group work; and active class participation. We will also explore this topic through art and writing therapy exercises.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Hand outs, worksheets and materials will be provided by tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Within our Personal Development programme you may also be interested in:
Journal writing for self discovery (PG612)
Inklings: Write your self (PG701)
A number of other Personal development courses use writing exercises to explore different topics – check individual course outlines.
Our Humanities and Art departments offer many Creative Writing and Art courses if you want to develop your other skills or interests from this course.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details