Course dates

Starting date, Tuesday 23 Oct 2018
6-9pm | 1 evening
Starting date, Tuesday 12 Feb 2019
6-9pm | 1 evening
Starting date, Tuesday 2 Jul 2019
6-9pm | 1 evening

Course overview

Interested in art psychotherapy and want to find out more? Goldsmiths is offering evening taster sessions where you can have a brief experience exploring art therapy and gaining awareness of the theories that underpin the practice. You will also have an opportunity to talk with Lecturers from the MA Art Psychotherapy about career development.

Goldsmiths is renowned for art psychotherapy training and is one of the longest running programmes in the UK. Since its inception our staff have been at the centre of pioneering and developing the profession and contributing to research. You will meet Lecturers on the MA Art Psychotherapy who have extensive expertise in the field. The session will be held in our studio spaces and you will have the opportunity to engage in art-making and group discussion.

This taster workshop will provide you with an insight into the field and may be your first step towards training as an art psychotherapist. It will also offer an understanding of art psychotherapy for other professionals or those interested in expanding their knowledge and experience of art psychotherapy.

After this taster workshop you may want to go onto the Introduction to Art Psychotherapy 2-day Workshop which will provide an opportunity to further develop your experience.



Booking information

Please note that our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable. 

Starting date, Tuesday 23 Oct 2018
6-9pm | 1 evening
Starting date, Tuesday 12 Feb 2019
6-9pm | 1 evening
Starting date, Tuesday 2 Jul 2019
6-9pm | 1 evening


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Tutor information

Kristen Catchpole

Kristen Catchpole (MAAP) is a part-time lecturer on our  programme. Her work was featured in the exhibition ’someunconsciousthings’ at the Freud Museum in 2015. She is especially focused in the therapeutic areas of learning disability, and parent/infant relationships

Jon Martyn

Jon is a part-time lecturer on our MA Art Psychotherapy programme. In addition to teaching at Goldsmiths, he also runs a Therapeutic Art Studio at The Helen Bamber Foundation, and a private practice at the London Art Therapy Centre. His specialisms include trauma and personality disorder, asylum, learning disability and autism. 


Susan Rudnik

Susan lectures part-time on our MA Art Psychotherapy programme. Her work was  featured at 'someunconsciousthings' at the Freud Museum in 2015. In additon to her teaching at Goldsmiths she works as an art psychotherapist for the NHS, specialising in children and adolescents.


Course structure

Taster Session – 5.30-8.30pm

  • 5.30-6.30pm: Introduction to art psychotherapy (practice, training)
  • 6.30-7.15pm: Art-making
  • 7.15-8.30pm: Exploration of art-making and discussion.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is for participants to develop:

  •  An introductory understanding of art psychotherapy and the training to become an art psychotherapist
  •  The use of art materials for expression and reflection
  •  Awareness of the potential of art-making for therapeutic purposes

After you have taken part in this taster session you may be interested in our 2 day workshop, Introduction to Art Psychotherapy

About the department

Our STACS Department at Goldsmiths has a rich and vibrant history. We are especially proud of our longstanding commitment to addressing issues of social injustice. Situated in New Cross, in the borough of Lewisham in South-East London we are uniquely placed to tackle the questions that arise in this area, in a local and wider context. 

The activities of our Department are underpinned by an exciting and dynamic research culture which employs a range of methodologies to critically analyse policy and practice in our professional disciplines. We believe that, in choosing to study with us, you will greatly benefit from the wealth of experience of our staff and their commitment to ensuring that you will leave us as a reflective, research minded professional. 

In 2016 we held an Art Therapy Conference, which explored the longstanding relationship between Art and Therapy, which has a strong interdisciplinary tradition at Goldsmiths. Speakers at the event included Turner Prize winning artist, Grayson Perry, and esteemed Psychoanalyst, Patrick Casement.

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