A case study of a child filmmaker from a children’s home.
By Edina Fecskó-Pirisi and Nándor Grosch
Artistic techniques in the field of social pedagogy
The personality developmental effects of art, when used to create opportunities and to tackle disadvantages, play an intermediary role between the disciplines and practices of psychology and pedagogy. It provides a good opportunity for children to develop self-awareness, self-regulation, a feeling of self-efficiency and social competence, and also to heal traumas. Throughout the creative process and creative self-expression the child can handle and reshape all those traumatic personal experiences that are a stressful obstacle for them in their everyday life, that prevent them from maintaining interpersonal relationships, or to carry out tasks, to achieve goals. In our study, we focus on film an artistic technique. We present the way filmmaking helps the personality development of a child raised in foster care, the way the artistic creation becomes the use to elaborate unconscious experiences and to form a cooperative relationship with peers. Kid’s Eye Public Art Association operates filmmaking groups in Hungarian children’s homes. Our case study of Magdi, who is one of the amateur filmmakers, presents the personality developing effects of the collective work of filmmaking and of the self-expressing process through film. We also tend to introduce the psychological phenomena that are present in children’s filmmaking groups.
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