Eliciting Identities through Creative Practice – Francesca Bernardi
Art is one of the most powerful modes of self-expression. Using art as a communicative tool can support participation in activities that are meaningful and expressive. This encourages children to develop a self-identifying language, particularly for those who struggle with conventional communication methods.
In this interactive workshop, children and adults are invited to explore their individuality through spontaneous artistic mark-making and movement. The participants’ unique experiences will lead to an understanding of emerging themes and creative capabilities.
Francesca Bernardi is a researcher in the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University. She trained in Fine Art and Product Design in Italy, completed a Masters in Arts Education at Edge Hill University, and is currently conducting an international PhD research project on Childhood Identity and Autism, also at Edge Hill. Francesca is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and is a member of The Creative Exchange.
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