Working with Children and Adults Through Arts

A programme of collective art making, personal exploration and debate.

These training programmes are for adults. If you are a parent, youth leader, social or health worker, teacher, child care worker or artist who wants to learn more about how to nurture, foster and develop your own creative potential, these training programmes are for you.

Course for adults.


Art to Heart’s studio, Rockforest, Co. Clare 2nd to 6th September 2019
Time: 10,30am to 4,00pm daily.
€350, basic art material included. Booking deposit €50.

Booking: Tel. Jole 085 1532220

This is the chance you were waiting for!
If you are looking for a creative break immersed in Nature and Art or would just love the opportunity to take up paper and brushes, this week is for you.
Five full days of uninterrupted art-making with no distractions and total letting go in a relaxed and non judgmental atmosphere. Art to Heart’s welcoming studio is situated in the magnificent and much celebrated Burren, “a living place teeming with nature’s bounty: ordinary and exotic rocks, plants, animals, insects and birds. Its geology and diverse habitats are packed with startling features and surprising landforms” that will serve as inspiration for our work.

No artistic experience is required.

Info on the Burren –


The Ark, Eustace St., Temple Bar, Dublin 2. 12 to 16 August

Info and booking 

This is a five-day Department of Education and Skills and EPV-approved summer course for teachers.

Always a popular week with teachers the Ark will present this course for the fifth year in a row.

Facilitated by Jole Bortoli this hands-on course will focus on exploring the Visual Art Primary School Curriculum with links to narrative, literacy and other subjects. A strong emphasis will be on building skills and confidence through both individual and group work. School self-evaluation exercises will be incorporated as an integral part of the course.

This course will appeal to teachers of all levels of experience.








January/February 2020

Venue: Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

This training course takes place once a year over 8 Tuesday nights.

Dates: To be finalised. Time: 6.30 to 9.30pm

Fee – €500, Concessions €350 (part-time workers, unemployed, students). Booking fee €50 (non-refundable after 15rd December 2019). Fee covers training and art material.

Bookings:   T. 085 1532220

Human freedom never has as much meaning and value as when it allows the creative power of the child to come into action. All children are endowed with a creative power, which includes an astonishing variety of potentialities. This power is necessary for the child to build up her/his own existence.(Ramses Wissa Wassef, founder of the Wassef Art School, village of Harrania, Egypt)

Course description

This course is an introduction to working with children and adults through the arts and it is based on the belief that, when given the right environment, children instinctively know how to create while most adults need to re-learn how to do it.

Observing children as they engage in art activities we notice how open they are to receive what comes to them in a playful way without questioning it through the mind. In the same way, during this course the adult is asked to learn ‘to let go’. It is not about being able to ‘do art’, it is about opening up, having a go at things and being flexible.

Course content

  • How we experience the world – The Senses, the Elements and the Natural Cycles
  • The Layers of a Tale – Story painting, storytelling, and story making
  • Rhythms, Cycles and Crafts – The importance of crafts, taking time and the natural rhythms
  • The Temperaments – The four temperaments and how to work with them
  • The Healing Power of Art – How Creativity Heals

The different themes are explored mainly through drawing, painting, clay modeling, weaving and metalwork. Where appropriate, links are made with other art forms such as music, literature, poetry, drama or movement. During the workshops each person will have the opportunity to use her/his favorite art form and to personally expand on what has been done together. For example, if the group has been working on the theme of Natural Elements, the participants may continue to explore that theme by choosing to write a poem, play a piece of music or dance, etc.

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.

No artistic experience is necessary to attend the programme. At the end of the course an in-house accreditation certificate will be awarded to participants.

The training course has been developed and will be led by Jole Bortoli,Art to Heart’s Direcror. Jole has extensive experience in working with people through the arts. She has designed workshops for adults that are specifically designed at developing their confidence when working creatively with children or adults. She focuses first on allowing each adult to be creative, individually and with others.

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