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Poster Presentation
September 2013

The different child using art-based activities to explore personal meanings

Livesley, J & Ingleson, S & Cavanagh, A 2013, ' The different child using art-based activities to explore personal meanings ', Exhibited at: NET2013 24th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference , Cambridge, England, From 03/09/2013 To 05/09/2013.

Abstract

 Arts based activities are known to positively impact on the education and training of health-care practitioners[1] and may lead to intimate and respectful sharing while providing the means to enable expression that is often difficult to achieve through written media[2].   Art-based activities can promote emotional awareness and empathy[3] and bring together tacit and theoretical knowledge[4]

 

The art-based activities presented in this poster were developed during collaboration between a post-graduate creative arts education student, undergraduate visual arts students and children and young people’s nursing students. 

 

The work began with a brief presentation by Carson and Miller (visual artists[5]) to engage the students in the critical debate regarding the representation of children in popular art forms.  This was followed with a puppet making session.  Puppet-making was chosen as it can enhance engagement and motivation, provide a stimulus for focused talk, raise the confidence of shy participants, enable participants to reveal their misconceptions and, provide a means to challenge ideas and misconceptions in a creative way.   

 

The first cohort of students embraced the activity and engaged in creative work that far surpassed the expectations of academics.  Drawing on their personal and professional experiences they developed ‘life-stories’ for each of the puppets, used drama to introduce their puppets to each other and created an art-installation to exhibit the extent of their work and reflective learning. 

 

Students from the following cohort of undergraduate nurses (6 months later) were asked to ‘adopt’ one of the puppets and recreate their character and life-story before being given a letter that revealed an element of ‘bad news’. Following this an innovative game that enabled the exploration of opposites, in this case birth and death, was used to examine public, personal and professional constructions of death and dying, focusing on the death of a child.



[1] Staricoff R., (2004) Arts in health – a review of the medical literature Arts Council England

[2] Whitman B., Rose W., Using art to express a person philosophy of nursing. Nurse Educator, 28; 4; 166 - 169

[3] Robinson S., (2007) Using art in pre-registration nurse education.  Health Education  107; 4; 324 - 342

[4] Öhlén J., Holm A., (2005) Comfort and comforting – an innovative course in undergraduate nursing education  Nurse Education Today, 25; 95 - 101

[5] Jonathon Carson and Rosie Miller  available at www.carsonandmiller.blogspot.com/

Publication Details

Exhibited At
NET2013 24th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference , Cambridge, England

Dates
From 03/09/2013 to 05/09/2013.