This manual contains the information needed for human service institutions, liberal arts colleges, and community volunteers to present a program of creative visual arts in jails, psychiatric facilities, drug rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, shelters and facilities for youth in need.

By engaging in one-on-one artistic interaction with the individuals served, students not only perform community service but gain unique personal understanding of the major domestic issues of our time—crime, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic abuse and aging. The covered activities are designed to stimulate memory, acknowledge experience and achievement, and improve self-esteem. Delivering everything needed to set up the course in any liberal arts college, the book offers approaches for diverse populations and covers planning and execution, aesthetic and humanistic objectives, projected outcomes, and methods of evaluation. Techniques are presented for drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and crafts.

By adopting this manual, colleges with programs in art and social work, can provide students with education relevant to their lives and potential careers while providing a unique service to social service institutions.

part I|14 pages

Art and Social Interaction

chapter 1|5 pages

Background and Overview

chapter 2|4 pages

The Magic Mix

Art and Social Interaction

part II|21 pages

Participating Groups

part III|15 pages

Preparing the Program as an Academic Fieldwork Course

chapter 8|4 pages

Pre-registration Course Planning

chapter 9|4 pages

Curriculum Content

part IV|19 pages

Community Field Sites for the Art and Social Interaction Program

chapter 10|3 pages

Determining Community Field Sites

chapter 12|5 pages


part V|52 pages

The Creative Art Projects

chapter 14|9 pages

Presenting Creative Art Projects

chapter 15|40 pages

Art Projects: Descriptions and Processes

part VI|16 pages

Enhancing, Expanding and Evaluating the Program