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Such is art: Reflections on the role of the arts in education and therapy

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In this personal article I reflect on my practice as an arts teacher. In my teaching I focus on the making and appreciation of the arts, meeting, as I see it, the individual student’s hunger for personal meaning. The essence of entering into the formative conversations of art making and art loving is to place those conversations within Winnicott’s ‘potential space’ of play. Citing the testimony of poets and other writers I look at the complementary roles of artist-teacher and artist-therapist in drawing the client and the student into a first-hand experience of personal truth: in the re-making of their subjective worlds Otherwise.
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Keywords: composure; conversation; divination; personal meaning; subject-reflexive action; the arts

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Wolverhampton

Publication date: December 1, 2017

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  • The Journal of Applied Arts and Health serves a wide community of artists, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers evidencing the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary use of arts in health and arts for health. It provides a forum for the publication and debate within an interdisciplinary field of arts in healthcare and health promotion. The journal defines 'health' broadly which includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social and community health.
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