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).
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.
Becky 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.”
Rachel 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.”
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.