What would you paint if . . . you had no fear? What would you paint if . . . there were no judgement or critique of your work? What would you paint if . . . there were no one watching? What would you paint if . . . you didn't know what would appear? What would you paint if . . .
Imagine . . . giving yourself a mini-vacation anytime, anywhere . . . leaving your everyday 'busy mind' while tapping into the source of your intuition . . . experiencing the joy in your authentic expression in a supportive and non-judgemental environment . . . embracing the unknown with a sense of adventure and creativity. You can!
experiences for individuals and groups!
We usually think of visual art as an object that we see hanging in a museum - a painting, sculpture or photograph. But, the process of making art and expressing ourselves provides significant benefits such as empowerment, self-discovery, enhanced social connection, increased confidence and much more. It can be a very effective practice for daily stress management, an escape from 'the usual', bring joy and expansion to our lives, no matter who we are and what our lifestyle.
My mission is to share the incredible benefits of expressive art making with people from all walks of life, to help them leave the 'busy-mind' state, to be more mindful and in the moment. Whether practicing alone or creating together as a group, it is a unique and surprising experience that can strengthen community, build team energy and spirit while also providing the individual with a great tool for creative thinking and problem-solving.
I want to light and nurture that creative spark that is there in each of us. I do believe so strongly that an environment where each individual is encouraged to tap into their inherent creativity - from the source of their intuition – that is the environment where the seeds of enlightened progress are planted and nurtured. What we do in the studio is so relevant to life, enhancing our personal wellbeing and that of our community!
What could be better for kids and adults than learning this way of being? Toss the whole idea of fear. Trust your intuition - let the unknown manifest in the 'blank space of possibility' and then see what happens. What will others think? Forget about that - it's not important. In the studio - we get to delve in, explore, challenge the conditioned thinking that keeps us from our unlimited potential. A more creative, intuitive approach to daily life is something we can all enjoy and benefit from anytime, anywhere!
Expressive art happens in a series of at least four sessions of 1.5 or two hours each session. Pricing based on number of people in the group.
the smiling horse studio is now on the road and offering programs in the annapolis valley! if you would like to know more about how you can participate in community-based expressive art sessions, or how i can bring the studio to your location, contact me!
benefits for children, youth and adults from all walks of life
The mission of the (Canadian) Arts Network for Children and Youth is "to ensure that all children and youth have the opportunity to experience creativity and the arts for their personal growth, social development and community involvement. " Here, you can read their publication entitled Healthy Children Participate in the Arts. An excerpt from the article: The arts and culture play an important role in “at least seven of the twelve determinants of health defined by Health Canada” which includes personal confidence, control, social connectedness, education, and a supportive physical environment”. Here, you can also check out the publication entitled The Arts Play a Role in Crime Prevention. It contains some very compelling statistics about the benefits of art participation by youth in communities. Visit the Arts Network for Children and Youth website to check out their very comprehensive links on their Research and Reports page.
Of course, the benefits of creating art are not limited to children and youth - they apply to people of all ages and from all walks of life!
Don't Wait for Inspiration!
Check here for information about the benefits of creative art programs for seniors.
Read this fantastic article to discover more about the essence of process art.
This article reviews a study that shows how creating can reduce cortisol levels and relieve stress.
Read the results of Canada's National Art and Youth Demonstration Project here.