Health and Education

Photomontage Workshops in Education and Occupational / Professional Health Settings

Aims of the workshops in new skills and education settings;

  1. Art activities have been shown to prepare the brain for better learning by;
    • Increased dopamine for brain health, better focus and drive.
    • Improved behaviour and reduce impulsiveness in students.
    • Increased brain plasticity.
  2. Promoting unique problem solving skills.
  3. Improve cognitive abilities and concentration.
  4. Instil creative pursuits for lifelong learning. 
  5. Tuning into emotions and learning to express feelings.

Workshop Outcomes

  1. Boosted fluid intelligence, IQ, and attention.
  2. Sense of achievement.
  3. Developed problem solving skills and the resulting creation of neurons.
  4. Through participation students have been shown to perform better in math, language, and reading.
  5. Increased feelings of being mentally clear, calm and relaxed.
  6. Increased brain plasticity to better modify its own structure and function following changes within the body or in the external environment.
  7. Reduced stress.
  8. Improved mindfulness.

Aims of the workshops in Professional and Occupational Health Settings;

  1. Help both patients and staff cope better with whatever is happening to them.
  2. Ward off depression.
  3. Alleviate agitation, aggression, anxiety, depression and insomnia in dementia patients.
  4. Notice unproductive thought patterns.
  5. Art increases dopamine for brain health and also leads to better focus and drive.
  6. Art increases brain plasticity.
  7. Promoting unique problem solving skills.
  8. Improve cognitive abilities and concentration.
  9. Lowering stress levels
  10. Instil creative pursuits for lifelong learning
  11. Tuning into emotions and learning to express feelings.
  12. Forgetting about illness for a while, allowing participants to focus on positive life experiences.

Workshop Outcomes

  1. Psychological resilience to better fight stress.
  2. Lowered levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  3. Better mental outlook.
  4. Improvements in memories, by increasing connectivity in the brain and producing new brain cells in dementia patients.
  5. Enhanced the quality of life for dementia patients.
  6. Increased brain plasticity to better modify its own structure and function following changes within the body or in the external environment.
  7. Improved cognitive abilities and concentration.
  8. Sense of achievement.
  9. Creating art enables patients to maintain the identity of who they were before they got sick.
  10. Developed problem solving skills and the resulting creation of neurons.
  11. Increased feelings of being mentally clear, calm and relaxed.
  12. Contributes to brain health by:
  13. Helping protect the brain from aging
  14. Creating new connections in the brain
  15. Improved ability to express feelings.
  16. Reduced stress.
  17. Improved mindfulness.

Additional benefits of these workshops can be:

  1. Deeper understanding of what symbolism is and how we can use it to explore our psyche and better understand ourselves. From there we can use it to initiate change in our lives, by using powerful visual symbols / images that come from the deepest parts of our psyche. When we understand ourselves we are better equipped to understand our relation to the world and others in it.
  2. Greater insight into aesthetics, ambiguity, chaos, courage, and complexity, visual conceptualisation skills, composition and dexterity.
  3. Since we are all inherently creative, improved creative skills and awareness can enhance personal wellbeing.

For further information or booking please contact me via my ‘contact’ page.