Wellbeing art workshops are usually designed for those who have experienced or are continuing to experience mental and physical distress, depression, anxiety or other similar affective disorders. A workshop is a safe and supportive space to explore, express and share thoughts of emotional vulnerability through art-making. This article explores some of the questions you should ask before you sign up for a workshop.
1. Is the focus of the class on creating art or developing wellbeing?
While most people are comfortable with art-making, talking openly about mental and physical distress can be challenging for many people. It is important to find a workshop that has the right balance between art-making and any discussion around wellbeing. A workshop that places an emphasis more on creating art and less on the open discussion will likely provide you with artistic freedom, but may not be suited to your personal therapeutic needs.
2. Are there any age restrictions on the workshop?
Some workshops may be age-restricted for the following reasons. The oldest person in a class may be more comfortable learning from an older adult. The youngest person in the class may be more comfortable learning from younger adults. Young children are not able to share or express their feelings in the way that adults can, so it is important to find out whether a class has an age restriction before signing up. Lots of workshops are open sessions that are aimed at adults of any age.
3. What is the ratio of participants to instructors?
This number indicates how much attention each participant will receive during the course, and how much personal attention you will have with the instructor. For those with high levels of anxiety, one on one attention can be of benefit.
4. Who are the instructors?
The instructors are going to be guiding the content and direction of the workshop. A good instructor will be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and can connect with each participant accordingly. A good instructor will have a strong understanding of human development, the human capacity for change and human potential for healing in different contexts.
5. What is included in the price?
Be sure to include any costs for materials and studio space in this overall price. Some spaces charge extra to use their equipment or supply materials. If you would like to find out more, you should contact a local art wellbeing workshop today.