Art Made Man through Art Therapies and Handicraft

Grundtvig Multilateral Project, 2010 – 2012

The Art Made Man project developed methodology integrating dance movement therapy, art therapy and craft into a comprehensive approach to supporting disadvantaged groups through creative activities.


Project coordinator

TAMAT, Italy

Partner countries

Italy, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain

Target group

The target has been identified within the most vulnerable groups according with the local context according to the specificity of each partner and its specific competences:

  • ethnic minorities and unemployed women with physical and/or mental disorders (Lithuania)
  •  migrants and people with physical and mental disorders (Italy)
  •  people with mental disorders (Bulgaria)
  •  people with physical and mental disorders (Poland)

Project objectives

The main aim of Art Made Man has been to develop and test an Innovative Methodology which integrates Art/Dance Movement Therapy and Craft techniques in order to support vulnerable groups:

  • in achieving personal fulfilment, development and self-actualization: to build own identity, establish meaningful relationships with the environment and generative path of empowerment
  • in acquiring practical and professional skills: for autonomy and job placement

The Art Made Man project specific objectives have been:

  • to work on the potentialities everyone has
  • to provide the beneficiary of the Integrated Method the right environment and the conditions facilitating the process of growth and development
  • to finalize the educational action to empowerment and social inclusion
  • to acquire cognitive, emotional and specific competences and skills according with the activities proposed
  • to refine cognitive and praxis skills through specific activities
  • to accustom the subject to cooperate in team work
  • to meet specific personal inclinations and specific aptitudes
  • to teach and develop social skills that make possible the increase of possible pro social behaviors that is, inspired altruism, empathy, sharing, effective communication and a fruitful spirit of co-existence, in harmony with real-life context, needed to support the process of social integration
  • to support and strengthen the capacity to symbolize, recognize and express emotions, both positive and negative
  • to create a type of environment within which it is possible to develop a sense of belonging, an experience of mutual sharing, a possibility of a relationship with other people
  • to promote the development of a culture of integration through a process of cultural exchange

The Integrated Methodology developed and tested within the Art Made Man project has been studied as a predefined sequence addressing at each step different aims.

In particular, the Dance Movement Therapy addressed the recovery of the expressive communicative and creative core of the individual as well as of the group. It is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote an emotional, cognitive, social and physical integration.

The overall objective of Art Therapy has been to enable the individual to make changes and to grow on a personal level through the use of art materials in a protected and facilitating environment.

The main goal of the Handicraft has been to provide disadvantage people skills and professional abilities through an educational experience by encouraging autonomy self esteem and employment.

Project activities/results

The Art Made Man methodology integrates dance movement therapy, art therapy and craft into a comprehensive approach to supporting disadvantaged groups through creative activities. These activities are sequenced in the following way.

Dance movement: movement is seen here as the main language shared by all humans as common denominator of emotional and cognitive skills. The workshops use dance movement to build therapeutic relationships addressing disharmonies/mental blocks and facilitate recovery of the expressive, communicative and creative core of the individual and the group.

Plastic arts: the activities in this block also encourage self-expression and communication and do not necessarily require previous artistic experiences and skills. The activities are not aimed at aesthetic or diagnostic evaluation but rather at creative contributions through visual means.

Craft workshops: at this stage the participants are able to learn skills and competences which encourage occupational activities. The sense of achievement resulting from producing quality handicraft of market value has a transformational value and can lead to new life and work opportunities.

The project website gives access to more insights into the project results, including a gallery of artwork made by the project participants and methodological materials for art educators.


  1. Patrizia

    26 May 2014

    Here are some useful links to know more about the Art Made Man project: –> Official Facebook page. Here you will find how the project was developed in the various Partner Countries.

    http://www.facebook.relegart.cooperativasociale –> Official Facebook profile of Re.Leg.Art, a Social Cooperative based in Perugia (Italy), which was involved in the project (you will find some Albums with pictures of the Labs and the final products). –>It is a virtual platform open to the community of Art Therapy professionals, practitioners and social workers. It is aimed to share knowledge and resources about learning and empowering Art Therapy methodologies that integrates dance movement, arts and handicraft with a social inclusion purpose.

    Moreover, visit the “artmademan’s channel” on Youtube to get to see videos about the project (interviews and videos of Art therapy, Dance Movement therapy for trainers).

  2. Aleksander

    26 May 2014

    Hi Patrizia,

    Thank you for all the links – we couldn’t discover all these resources tracing the Art Made Man on the Internet.

    Visit our previous platform which had more therapy oriented resources than ARTES:

    The project is presented only briefly underneath but soon we’ll publish more information. It would be interesting to look for some synergies so let’s keep in touch in the run-up to the Florence Conference.


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