Creative and Therapeutic Arts students get ‘Articultural’

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Students on the BA (Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts course recently took part in an ‘Articultural’ project.

In addition to regular studio practice, learning about artists' work and the therapeutic potential of art making, students on the BA (Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts course must respond to a series of project briefs or themes.

The ‘Articultural’ project brief was the last of four projects given to Year 1 students as part of their Art module. 

The ‘Articultural’ project, a play on the word ‘horticultural’, was aimed to inspire the students to create outdoor artwork influenced by artists who work in outdoor sculpture, street art and land art (also known as earth art).

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Students were asked to explore the therapeutic potential of working outdoors, in the elements, to consider natural materials and recycling.  Most importantly, the work needed to take into account the nature of the environment and respond directly to the space within which the artwork is situated.

Articultural project - Creative and Therapeutic Arts 062v2.jpgBecky Davies, BA (Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts Course leader said “The students have really embraced the brief, dressing trees, creating miniature ‘scenes’ on gravel, painted screens, found object sculptures and even a storytelling tepee!  In addition to existing as art pieces in their own right, the students have utilised what they have made to develop concepts for community workshops, therapeutic sessions and outdoor learning opportunities.  It is fantastic to explore the potential of therapeutic arts both indoors and outdoors.”

Articultural project - Creative and Therapeutic Arts 064v2.jpgRachel Williams, Year 1 students said “I wanted to create a space for play and storytelling as I have developed an interest in this subject and its therapeutic potential through my placement. My original concept came from a tree which quickly developed into a tipi, creating a piece that was both moveable and structurally safe and one that could be reassembled in different settings with the potential for storytelling workshops with children. I made the tipi out of leather and scraps of materials in browns and greens with the aim of simulating the colours and texture of bark so it was in-keeping with the tree idea.  I enjoyed producing a large piece of work, as it was very satisfying being able to stand back and view the tipi once set up.”

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Find out more about studying BA (Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts at the University of South Wales 

Graduating Year 3 students will be exhibiting their final art work as part of the INSIDE / OUT Graduate Exhibition from 15th to 30th May at Caerleon Campus, Room B04. Private View is at 19:30 on the 15th of May.  

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