Art as Communication (Cape Town)

Art as Communication 8 Week Course

26 February - 30 April 2018

Join the 8-week Art as Communication workshop for an experiential Art Therapy journey combining art activity with introductory Art Therapy concepts. No art experience is required!

A transformational journey of creativity, exploration, imagination, self-awareness, reflection, mindfulness, self-growth and development. You will be sensitized to the process and potential of Art as a means of Communication and explore your own inner world through the creative process in the presence of a qualified and registered Art Therapist.

Basic principles of Art Therapy are explored such as the creation of a safe space, boundaries, containment, symbol formation, an internal and external world and transitional objects. The focus is not on the quality of product that is produced but a process of being creative and being able to inherently create something out of nothing.

Each week, different art materials are introduced (such as paint, pastels, charcoal, clay, sand, objects etc) as a means of self-expression and communication within a dynamic group setting. There is also an opportunity to share and reflect upon the image-making process voluntarily within the safety of the group. This enables a deeper understanding of the nature of symbols and the workings of the unconscious that emerge when art is used as a bridge between the internal and external world. This is a valuable opportunity for insight, thereby enhancing self-development and personal growth as well as group interaction and interpretation. The workshop highlights the effectiveness of this powerful therapeutic medium and empowers attendees with new insight and skills both in the creative process and in life itself.

Target Audience

The course is targeted at all adults including professionals, mental health practitioners, students, psychologists, social workers, Occupational Therapists, psychiatrists, coaches, teachers and artists who are interested in and want to use the expressive potential of art-making to enhance both their personal lives and people that they engage with in work contexts.

Note: This workshop can be run for existing groups of adults, children or adolescents upon request in Cape Town weekly or over a 3-day period in other cities.

Course Details

Dates: 26 February - 30 April 2018

This course runs for 8 consecutive weeks on a Monday evening.

Times: 5.30pm - 8.30pm

Venue: Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

Note: This workshop may be facilitated in-house and adapted for existing groups / educators / teams / organizations upon request and run either over 8 weeks or 3 days.


Full Fee: R4950 pp for 8 weeks
Deposit Required: R1500
Early Bird Special: R4800 pp for 8 weeks (bookings confirmed before 30 Dec 2017)

Medical Aid: Full course fees may be claimed back after the sessions.

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Questions or queries

Contact Samantha Davis on 083 326 6655 or

Groups: Space is limited per course so book early to avoid disappointment!

Please note that this 8-Week Course does not equip you to practice as an Art Therapist. Art Therapy is a 2 year full-time Masters training only available internationally. Following this, one needs to register with the HPCSA to practice Art Therapy in South Africa. However the skills gained by participants can be used and incorporated in many work spheres. For more info on training, go here.

Click here to also find upcoming workshops on the Art Therapy South Africa Facebook page.

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Art as Communication (Cape Town) - 26 February - 30 April 2018

Bookings are subject to Terms and Conditions.

“I grew more than I thought possible.”

- Alfred -

“For the first time in my life I have discovered my true identity and can now answer the fundamental question of who I am!”

- Nonhlanhla -

“The magic that Sam unleashes through her knowledge is beautiful.”

- Charmaine -

“An inspirational, wonderful, creative self-exploratory journey, Thank you!”

- Robyn -

“Thank you for a thought-provoking and inspiring class! You are a fantastic therapist with a very caring and compassionate approach to listening! You made each and every person feel important by allowing each one the opportunity to feel safe enough to open up! Thank you for that.”

- Candace -

“Sam, you are so experienced and it is evident in your facilitation. You are really good at your job and do it with such professionalism.”

- Meryl -

“The course went beyond my personal expectations. I came thinking that we would mainly be learning about Art Therapy, which we did, but it was a big transformational experience for me which I was not expecting.”

- Megan Main-Baillie (Honours Psychology Student) -

“The Art Therapy was a gentle, creative and fun way to build trust and deliver outcomes. It was enjoyable and an extremely valuable experience in our Strategy workshop.”

- Daniella: Business Connexion -

“I didn’t realize how much I NEEDED Art Therapy. It was like rain falling on desert soil. And I have grown so much. My heart feels alive again. I will be back!”

- Heather (Owner of a Montessori Nursery School, Degree in Television) -

“It was a time to forget about the problems and the world around me. Sam is a brilliant facilitator. Even though I was nervous, it was a time for me to reflect and to enjoy how therapeutic art can be. It calmed the storm that reigned inside of me. The Mandala Art Therapy workshop is like having a picnic next to a quiet river. You granted time to reach that point where you can become quiet and can experience the Universe.”

- Anonymous -

“A very comprehensive and thorough intro into Art Therapy. Covered a lot of ground in 5 days and left with a priceless manual and a warm glow.”

- Kat -

“It was the best week of my life, I learnt that I could always be happy as long as I was in a happy and comfortable space, and if I wasn’t I needed to create that space. I learnt that I was in control and all I had to do was to take charge and have fun and paint on a bigger board i.e. see the bigger picture. I am so grateful for the opportunity that came my way and that I was able to embrace and savor it.”

- Anonymous -

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