Centre for Continuing Education

Art Therapy Course

Visual Arts. Open to everyone.

Learn Visual Arts the smart way with Visual Arts courses at the University of Sydney.

Art is widely recognised as an important tool for helping people feel better. Using a mix of simple art activities, writing and discussion, you’ll experience a unique way to explore, restore and transform your life in this introductory art therapy course. Be enriched as you experiment with paint, pastels and clay in a playful and supportive environment. Learn to navigate your life with art from your heart.


By the end of this art therapy course, participants will:

  • Understand basic art therapy theory.
  • Gain skills and direct hands-on experience in manipulating simple art materials and using these in guided activities as a vehicle to explore and reflect on their life.
  • Have an understanding of the value and benefit of using art making as a tool to explore, monitor and express thoughts and feelings.


This art therapy course covers the following topics:

  • What is art for? What are the links between making art and feeling better?
  • Brief overview of art therapy, its process and benefits.
  • Letting out your Inner Picasso: Art play and spontaneous image making.
  • Cut and Paste: Using collage as a means of raising self-awareness.
  • Scribble and Draw: Using pastels to document and transform a recent stressful situation.
  • Creative exploration to clarify the issue, facilitate change and support the growth of new ideas and potential solutions.
  • Discover painting for pleasure, not perfection.
  • Guided painting exercises.
  • Guided relaxation. Explore the benefits of working with clay.

Please Note: Students should bring an old shirt (to protect clothing from paint) and a journal or similar for personal writing.

Intended Audience

No art experience is necessary. Please note that this is an experiential course. It aims to give you direct, hands-on experience of the ways art-making can be used to reflect on your own life. Some basic art therapy theory will be offered, but the course is not art therapy training.


All art materials are provided on the day.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Excellent quality in every way: tutor, course material, venue, and food. I’ve already recommended this course to my friend!

  • The class size and format was well structured to cater to the needs of each student. The Tutor provided a balance of information and creative exercises and helped to make the day an enjoyable experience.

  • This was a very informative course and gave one a great overview of what is involved in Art Therapy and how it is used.

  • Really great content, awesome tutor, fabulous – 10/10.

  • I am very pleased I participated in this course. It gave me some life changing art therapy ideas that I can and will use in my life. It was worth every cent!

  • The tutor presented a very interesting and stimulating day for us. Delivery was very professional, personable and perfectly timed. The mix of theory, experiential and group interaction allowed an easy understanding of all components of the topic. In all, an excellent day and well worth the time and cost. I will enthusiastically participant again.

  • Very interesting and relaxing, simply loved it!

  • Loved the course and thought the tutor was fabulous!

  • The presenter showed a nice combination of warmth and expertise. The workshop was very well structured and seamlessly presented. Complex theoretical issues were offered in an unobtrusive and intuitive way.