The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health

taught by Dr Eliza Burke

Short Course description

The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health explores personal and community health and wellness strategies using visual arts mediums. Each online module showcases the applied use of creative visual practices including drawing and painting, photography and sculpture in healthcare settings. The short course is designed to introduce you to a range of practices that promote focus and connectedness to ourselves, our relationships and the world around us. You will learn how these practices are used in clinical assessments, expressive therapies and community healthcare initiatives. Central to your learning are many hands-on visual arts activities including contour drawing, mandala making, photography exercises, clay sculpture and assemblage, aimed at introducing the key principles of visual arts based practices in healthcare.

Dr Eliza  Burke
Dr Eliza Burke

Dr Eliza Burke is an interdisciplinary researcher and writer with an MFA in Art Theory (University of Tasmania) and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (Monash University). She is also an independent art curator and has held a variety of project co-ordination and management roles in the arts industry and the tertiary education sector. She teaches and has assisted on many research projects across the disciplines of Sociology and Art Theory, with particular expertise in mental health and gender theory, and contemporary arts practices. She has published her own research in Feminist Media Studies, Australian Feminist Studies and Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health and regularly contributes to the Asia-Pacific arts magazine, Artlink.