On our conference about art therapy the main topics were the positive and heeling effects of art, experiences with art therapy and ways of non-formal education. During the afternoon the participants could take a turn at the art fair or take part in workshops about art therapy.

The programs were free of charge.


Date: Tuesday, 23rd January 2018, 9:30 – 15:30

Location: Ludwig Museum – 1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell street 1. (Művészetek Palotája)


You can find the detailed list of programs below.



10:00 - 10:05 Hemrik László, head of Ludwig Museum’s department of museum pedagogy

Greeting: The spirit of the place

10:05 - 10:25 Nagy Anna, head of advisory board, Single Parent Families’ Foundation
Not incomplete, but a single parent family

Approximately 300.000 families in Hungary are in lack of one parent. Those half a million children who are brought up in such families live among special circumstances and sometimes need to be treated specially.

10:25 - 10:50 Frode Barth, composer, Culture Break Borders Foundation, Norway
Music as a cure

Music has positive psychological and physiological effects without any side-effects. To many people it could be lifesaving, an alternative instead of medicines.
10:50 - 11:15 Kovács Hajnalka, graphic artist, Neumann János University,
Faculty of Pedagogy, Kecskemét
Kép-telen? (Hungarian word pun; it could mean impossible or without an image)

Can a work of art be important for children or adolescents? How can pictures help us in solving out problems and getting to know ourselves better?
11:15 - 11:40 Sorompóné Fléger Ildikó, art therapy, head of nurses at Bethesda Hospital for Children, Department of Mental Hygiene
Experiences in art therapy at the psychiatry for adolescents and children

Creating and art are our essential needs. They are available at any time and place, and we need them to be able to form a healthy self-image. The experiences we have while creating help to unfold and understand what goes on in our soul.
11:40 - 12:05 Zsin Bence, painter, art pedagogue
Floating house – Teaching disadvantaged children with the help of social art

Presenting different ways of dealing with disadvantaged children outside the classroom through introducing the ’Floating House Project’.

12:05 - 12:30 Scholtz Krisztina, special education teacher, trainer at Fórum Theatre 
Access and creation – from Ludwig Museum to Fórum Theatre

Introduction of two different ways of non-formal education, which bring up important questions of society and equality through art and creating together. What is common in these two techniques is that they work for everyone, no matter what kind of social background or abilities they have.
12:30 – 13:30 lunch (Kék terem)


ART FAIR 13:30 – 15:30
StoryMap - Arató Vilja cultural mediator, Szalóki Réka art therapy és Varga Kitti children’s literateur.
A wall of stories

During our programs for 5-12-year olds we combine contemporary stories and fine arts. However smaller children also seem to be interested in our programs so we realised that there is a need for such a static playing/fidgeting wall which should fit the program but also make it understandable for the younger children. Therefore, we created a board around every topic which can improve the sensory skills (especially touching) or the fine motoric skills.
It is important that this is not something new, we mainly combined several old ideas to match our programs.
Hajdu Franciska, teacher at special school, Master Gombrich’s Special School of Art
Master Gombrich’s Special School of Art 

Enormous social colouring books, birthday skirt painting, creative walks!
Projects of a special school of arts in Veszprém. 
We use public squares and events as our locations. The passers-by become the creators. Our canvases become enormous skirts and wings of butterflies. The most important is the will to become creators and thinking in bigger terms. Our aim is to shape the identity and improve social and visual sensibility. 
Kormos Mercedes, teacher of art and visual communication, master of graphic arts
Creative Playground – open your eyes

Our drawings are representations of what we already saw and information kept in our memory. Our everyday life has a great effect on us, and they are necessary for the creative reactions in different situations; through reflex answers they are a great help in self-expression.
Furagura is a creative playground, a drawing board game for groups. It improves skills and talents, urges us to look around, explore our environment through drawing. What the players see into the non-figurative shapes of the ’furaguras’ depends on their imagination. The game’s aim is to change conventional thinking into new, creative ideas and for the group to create a story together.
Mészáros János, editor, Két Egér Könyvek (Blue Mouse Books)
Chasing the Mouse of the Museum, with every age group

On Adventures of the Blue Mouse – a sequel of books on art for children; on the museum pedagogic camp of Blue Mouse.


WORKSHOPS 13.30 – 15.30
Szabics Ágnes, master of graphic arts, museum pedagogue
Illustration told

„The images of a story and how it represents reality are similar to the way children think…” (Kádár Annamária: Mesepszichológia − Az érzelmi intelligencia fejlesztése gyermekkorban. Kulcslyuk Kiadó, 2012.) It is easier for children to interpret contemporary works of art if there are stories connected to them. During these programs, while going through a museum or a gallery children listen to a story, the illustrations of which are the works of art and they themselves become the characters. The paintings, sculptures, photos and installs surrounding them, will help in actually experiencing a story and improve thinking and talking about art. The story written about them will make this program an unforgettable experience.
On the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to write a story about the works of art and try out some techniques which help understanding art and experience the story.
Szirtes Józsefné, leader of a puppeteer group, pedagogue, puppeteer and director, leader of a folk playhouse, teacher of puppetry
Play with the puppets

We want to introduce you to puppetry, show you the miracle of this form of art.
Using primarily practical examples and concrete tasks I want to draw attention to puppetry and the opportunities it holds.
Hemrik László és Somogyi-Rohonczy Zsófia museum pedagogues of Ludwig Museum
The drawing book of Lakaliti

Introduction of a drawing book of Ludwig Museum, created especially for the exhibition of the museum. Getting acquainted with the book is a great opportunity to see some of the interesting works of the exhibition and get to know them better.
Lipták Ildikó actress, teacher of drama
Drama pedagogic workshop

Getting to know others, connecting – for easier communication
We all come with different backgrounds, different moods, and experiences. Many do not even know each other. On the workshop of Lipták Ildikó, we can get to know techniques that can help during the ’getting-to-know phase’ or with shaping group dynamics.

Urbanity urban board game
kultúrAktív Association - Ádám László, Izyápi Tóth Nikolett, Szolga Zsófia

The aim of kultúrAktív Association is to create new ways which can help us get to know our built environment.
The Association has been trying to create urban board games for years. The aim of these board games is to help the players experience how they could achieve positive changes at the district where they live and how they could take part in the shaping of a city. In Urbanity, the emphasis is on communication before action and making a decision.


Broadcast minutes of the conference:

Opening, Single Parents' presentation, Frode Barth's music therapy, Poppet & arts workshop 

Projekt száma: HU01-0006- COOPER-B1-2017

Projektgazda: Egyedülálló Szülők Klubja Alapítvány

Projekt címe: Egyedülálló vagy különleges? Egyszülős családok Magyarországon  

Támogatás mértéke: 30.000 EURO