Using Art in Youth Work provides opportunities to encourage creativity and self-expression. It presents new challenges and can expose people to new and exciting art forms. It can be a great way to teach participants to de stress and can be used to deal with issues or topical subjects. It’s also a huge amount of fun!!
Here, we have put together a sample workshop based on some fun ways to begin and to encourage creativity in a low pressure way. The workshop can be adapted easily to suit a particular theme or issue that you wish to address with the group.
This workshop is a sample one, including icebreakers to get the group going and ignite the brain cells. It can also be built upon or developed into a more indepth activity (which is described in a separate workshop)
Materials: We would highly recommend buying good quality materials. We have found that it is much better have a small amount of good art supplies, including paper, than lots of low quality supplies.
This is our own adaptation of the above session, the reason we chose to do this is that we notice how difficult it can be for young people to think of what they would like to draw. They very often draw something that relates to home, a band, their name or TV & computer games. This session gives them an opportunity to create something quite unusual with out having to come up with it completely on their own.