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Knowing me knowing you: Enhancing emotional literacy through visual arts

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This article presents Enhancing Emotional Literacy through Visual Arts (ELVA) an innovative approach, developed by The Dax Centre, incorporating visual arts and mental health for primary school students. ELVA, beginning as a five-year project, and funded though a philanthropic grant, is the result of the collaborative efforts of a multidisciplinary advisory group of teachers, child psychotherapists, psychiatrists and art therapists, is lead by a project manager and overseen by the Director of the Dax Centre. Through an examination of ELVA’s theoretical frame and its unique experientially based teacher professional learning component, this article will highlight the contribution ELVA offers to existing well-being and visual arts approaches in schools. It will also present the findings of an independent evaluation of the initial pilot phase of ELVA.
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Keywords: art therapy; emotional literacy; neuroscience; psychodynamic; visual arts; well-being

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The Dax Centre, Australia

Publication date: June 1, 2016

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.

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