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The role of creative art in community education: art education and art therapy

Wightmore, A 1979, The role of creative art in community education: art education and art therapy , PhD thesis, University of Salford, UK.

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The thesis looks firstly at creativity and the creative process, approaching the subject from a whole range of different viewpoints, such as the psychological, philosophical, biographical and anthropological angles. Following from this there is an exploration of the ways in which creativity way be awakened and unfolded. Special attention is given to the conditions and situations that are likely to encourage creative development and to the blocks and difficulties that inhibit its expression. Particular reference is made, on the one hand, to art education and to the art, leisure, and teaching student, and on the other hand, to art therapy and the psychiatric patient. The themes of the individual and the community are explored in a complementary way in the final two chapters. The thesis emphasizes the viewpoint of the student and the patient, but since these people do not exist in a vacuum, this involves looking also at the teacher, the therapist and society. With reference to the psychiatric field, other specific questions arise, for example: How may creative opportunities assist the healing process? What are the reciprocal influences of art and mental illness? Throughout the thesis the term 'art' is used in the visual sense, but references are made to creativity in other fields where parallel conclusions apply. The emphasis has been placed on the adult, but the subject of 'Creativity and the Teaching Student' involves some references to child art and 'Creativity and the Community' involves all ages.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Contributors: Gaskin, G (Supervisor)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health. Mental illness prevention
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects / Themes > N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2009 14:08
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 16:14

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