Art to Heart
We are an organisation that works with children and adults in educational, community and art settings. We provide training for adults who want to learn more about how to nurture, foster and develop childrens creative potential.
Our mission is to provide a forum for debate, exchange and learning by:
- Being a resource and network for people working with children through arts
- Acting as a research centre for the development of models of best practice
- Producing and showcasing childrens art
- Providing training
- Advocating and lobbying for arts to be given greater significance on the educational agenda
When given the right environment children instinctively know how to create, while most adults need to re-learn how to do it. As adults we often find it difficult to trust a childs capacity to work out solutions for him or herself, to give children the right space and time.
To help combat this process, Art to Heart offers a unique training programme for people working with children. Our clients are youth leaders, social workers, teachers, child care workers and community artists.
The average course lasts five days.
On each of the five days we explore a different theme aimed at developing specific skills. We work mainly through drawing, painting and clay, to find out how we deal with challenges and problem solving. It is not about being able to draw or paint. It is about having a go at things and being flexible.
Links are made with other art forms: music, literature, poetry, drama and movement. During the workshops each person will have the opportunity to use her/his favourite art form to personally expand on what has been done together.
The training will also incorporate short lectures and demonstrations aimed at illustrating how specific themes can be used in a particular context and will allow for debate and exchange about individual working experiences.
The training programme has been developed and is led by Jole Bortoli, the director of Art to Heart. Jole has extensive experience in working with children through the arts. She has developed workshops for adults that are specifically designed at developing their confidence when working creatively with children. She focuses first on allowing each adult to be creative, individually and then with others.
No artistic experience is necessary to attend the courses.
Jole Bortoli holds a Fine Arts and Visual Communications Degree from Istituto di Comunicazione Visiva, Urbino, Italy.
The Ark Cultural Centre for Children, Larkin Community College, The Sanctuary, Springboard, National Childrens Nurseries Assosciation, National Parks and Wildlife Service, National College of Art and Design, Signal Arts Centre.