1st Edition

Art and Social Interaction A Guide for College Internships Serving Correctional, Rehabilitation and Human Service Needs

By Judith Peck Copyright 2022
    176 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    176 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 One: Art and Social Interaction: Concept and Design 1. Background and Overview 2. The Magic Mix: Art and Social Interaction 3. The Program as a Learning Experience for Presenters Part Two: Participating Groups: An Overview 4. Group and Site Distinguishing Characteristics 5. Site Characteristics Relevant to the Program 6. Barriers in Instituting the Series Part Three: Preparing the Program as An Academic Fieldwork Course 7. The Structure of College and Community Interaction 8. Pre-Registration Course Planning 9. Curriculum Content Part Four: Community Field Sites for The Art and Social Interaction Program 10. Determining Community Field Sites 11. Site Responsibilities, Personnel and Support 12. Orientations 13. Logistics of the Art and Social Interaction Sessions Part Five: The Creative Art Projects 14. Presenting Creative Art Projects 15. Art Project Descriptions and Processes Part Six: Enhancing, Expanding and Evaluating the Program 16. Enhancing Presenter’s Interaction with Participants and Staff 17. Expanding the Artistic and Social Experience 18. Evaluating Program Effectiveness


    Judith Peck, EdD, is a sculptor with work in 80 public and private collections. Now professor emeritus of art, Dr. Peck designed Art and Social Interaction 40 years ago (the program evolved and ongoing) convinced that the freedom inherent in personally directed art allowed a way out of confinement into refreshing self-awareness for participants bound either physically or mentally, and relevant life education for presenters. Judith holds a doctoral degree and two master’s degrees in art and art education and is author of several books in the field.

    'In Art and Social Interaction, Professor Peck provides a detailed blueprint for experiential learning in art and social justice. Through internships making art collaboratively with a range of individuals experiencing the challenges of poverty, trauma and oppression, often in institutional settings, students practice compassion, humility and creativity. Art and  Social Interaction is truly a book for this moment, when those with educational privilege are called to use their skills to advance social justice. Professor Peck demonstrates the way visual art levels the playing field and facilitates critical insight into identity and society. Art & Social Interaction is a must read for university administrators and faculty as we work to educate the next generation of compassionate and skilled leaders.'

    Francine Sherman, Clinical Professor Emerita, Boston College Law School; President of I Am Why, Iamwhy.org

    'Dr. Peck’s book on the healing of disenfranchised and marginalized populations via shared expressive art activities with college students is a breath of fresh air. An artist and an educational icon, she leads the next generation of students to appreciate the value and imperative nature of this endeavor.'

    Kathleen Monahan, DSW, LCSW, LMFT, Associate Professor, School of Social Welfare, Stony Brook University

    'The art program at Delaney Hall succeeded in healing the residents suffering from substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders in a way that traditional forms of therapy could and would not do alone. I saw more and more residents take an interest in the program and residents who had barely interacted with staff begin to open up. The art created with the college students became an emotional outlet that allowed their anger, sorrow and joy to transcend the traditional therapeutic relationship and in turn gave them a sense of healing. The value went well beyond the sessions because their artwork became a piece of their psyche, or inner self to reflect upon. The availability of this book allows for the possibility of continuing a version of this fertile program through our own resources.'

    Ellyn Gannon, LPC, MA, NCC, ACS, CCS, Delaney Hall, Deputy Director/Clinical Director

    'Judith Peck’s new book, Art and Social Interaction, offers a compelling rationale and a useful guide to teachers, counselors, institutional administrators, and others in human services to get at the innermost feelings and concerns of those in their care -- particularly those most vulnerable and often reticent to speak out -- by employing various forms of non-verbal expression through  drawing, painting and sculpture and the non-threatening social engagement with dedicated college students.'

    Peter I. Rose, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology, Smith College

    'What makes Peck’s book different is the authenticity of her broad experience, and its relevance to professors, students and institutional administrators. The kind of work encouraged and fostered here draws on an altruism that is fading. This work facilitates social change and builds sorely needed connection between institutions and communities.'

    Andy Teirstein, PhD, Arts professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts