Creative art therapy program: case study on Malay Muslim inmates at Sungai Udang Prison in Melaka / Azahar Harun...[]

Harun, Azahar and Zakaria, Rosli and Osman, Amirruddin and Ali, Ariff and Ahmad, Hishamudin and Abd Razak, Haslinda and Meor Hamzah, Meor Hasmadi (2016) Creative art therapy program: case study on Malay Muslim inmates at Sungai Udang Prison in Melaka / Azahar Harun...[]. In: ISME Colloquium 2016 : Pengukuhan Budi Dan Jati Diri, June 2016, Tanjung Bidara Resort, Melaka.


This paper presents a case study on Malay Muslim inmates at Sungai Udang Prison in Melaka. By referring to a Triangular Relationship concept founded by art therapists, a new model, which complies with the teaching of Islam, is developed. Basically it encompasses the Client, the Artwork, the Therapist and Allah (the Almighty). From this model two measurement stages (Pre Test and Post Test) were also established. In the PreTest stage, the inmates were instructed to complete four drawing modules that include Contour Drawing (CD), Self Reflection Drawing (SRD), Memory Drawing (MD) and Visual Diary (VD). In the Post Test stage, the inmates were given a task to produce freestyle art on canvas (3' x 4 '). In addition a survey was also conducted to assess the outcome of the program. Based on our observation, it shows that majority of the Malay Muslim inmates were able to demonstrate artistic ability despite limited resources and strict prison rules. Even more interesting is the fact that they were able to visualize inner feelings, emotions and spiritual sense through creative art. We conclude that the creative art therapy program conducted at the Sungai Udang Prison in Melaka has opened a new paradigm for researcher to explore the therapeutic value of creative art in Malaysian prison. The outcome of the study in a way has helped the inmates to divert their negative emotion (angry, anxiety, fear, frustration) and find pleasure in creative art.


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Harun, Azahar
Zakaria, Rosli
Osman, Amirruddin
Ali, Ariff
Ahmad, Hishamudin
Abd Razak, Haslinda
Meor Hamzah, Meor Hasmadi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > Criminal justice administration > Penology. Prisons. Corrections > Reformation and reclamation of adult prisoners
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) > General works > Technique, composition, etc. > General special. Including optical illusion and visual perception
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. IIlustration > Drawing for reproduction. Illustration
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Melaka > Alor Gajah Campus > Faculty of Art and Design
Event Title: ISME Colloquium 2016 : Pengukuhan Budi Dan Jati Diri
Event Dates: June 2016
Page Range: pp. 6-14
Keywords: Creative art therapy; Malaysian prison; Triangular relationship
Date: June 2016
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