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A Carer's Journey - Art for Relaxation

Course code: UPZV131P

Subject area: A Carer’s Journey

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

15:00 - 16:00

Days of week:


Course date:

4th Nov 2024 - 9th Dec 2024

Course location:


Contact details


01235 555 585

This online course provides an opportunity for carers to explore the beneficial health effects of creating and observing art. For centuries, people used creativity to deal with stress, cope with trauma and improve self-awareness and self-esteem.

The course is delivered Online using Zoom.

In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date.

Who is this course for?Any unpaid carer who is looking after someone with a long-term illness, special need or impairment is invited to join this online course.

What the course will cover:The purpose of this programme is to introduce various forms of simple art techniques inspired by some of the famous artists to help us relax while treating ourselves with a ‘wow’ effect creation each week. Each week’s programme also incorporates different art skills to stimulate different parts of our brain—the best brain anti-ageing!

You will need different art materials such as paints (acrylic or watercolour) or colouring pencils or pastels, in 3 to 4 of your favourite colours, brushes, A4 drawing paper or card, any coloured paper such as wrapping paper, cellophane, sugar paper, glue and a pair of scissors. Materials needed for the session will be emailed one week before. The programme will include:

• Colour to reflect emotions and peripheral nerve system / Emma Bridgewater style (finger paint /book cover)• Colour and emotional literacy/ Rothko style (brush painting/a wall art)• Brain exercise: tracing the pattern and fine motor skills/Matisse style (shape art/a wall art)• Brain exercise: 3D shapes and fine motor skills/ Origami art (paper folding/ card making)• Deduction skills and visualization/ Home-sweet-home (collage/card making) • Feel good colour and message/ Affirmation poster (paint + cut out letter/card making) Course Outcomes By participating in this course participants will have the opportunity to: • Recognise ways in which colour reflect emotions• identify various forms of art techniques that stimulate different parts of the brain• create various pieces of art incorporating different art skills

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguard

What next?
Enrol on another course that is provided by ‘A Carer’s Journey’ programme. Oxfordshire Adult Learning offer a wide-range of similar workshops and courses, please check our website for further information.
Entry criteria
This course is provided as part of A Carer's Journey programme that has been developed in partnership with Action for Carers. It is specifically for unpaid carers who are looking after someone who has a long-term illness, special need or impairment.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2024 prior to starting the course.

Fee information
Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

Qualifications received
As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Learning & method assessment
The tutor will provide a demonstration followed by learner participation and experimentation. The tutor will offer one-to-one support throughout the course and provide feedback. To track your progress and achievement you will be required to complete a short document.