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 . . . Tapping into the source of your imagination and intuition . . . taking a mini-break, an escape to your own world where time melts away . . . finding your authentic expression in a supportive and non-judgemental environment . . . experiencing joy from your own freedom of expression . . . embracing the 'not knowing' and leaping into your own journey, step-by-step. You can!
A Process-Based Approach to Visual Art
We are all born with a creative spirit and expressing ourselves freely is as natural as say - drawing a picture with a crayon, singing in the shower or choosing what to wear! Even if we don't pursue 'artistic' avenues, we are creative in so many simple and diverse ways every day. But, sometimes, we get a bit 'stuck' or blocked and we would like to open the door to our creative spirit a little wider! It's SO easy to do and the benefits are numerous!
Research has shown that people who regularly practice process art see a range of benefits in everyday life. It starts with a pure white field of possibility and within minutes you find yourself - painting and playing around with brushes, paper, scissors, glue, form and colour!
What Does the Arts Network for Children and Youth Say?
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!
My thoughts on nurturing creativity and social change
I do believe so strongly that an environment where each individual is able and even 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.
We can explore this in the studio. Let's take the blank white expanse of paper. Is it something to fear? Is it every creative's nightmare? NO! Take that fear and turn it into a 'space of unlimited possibility.' What we do in the studio is so relevant to life! 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 - take away product, control and evalution - and then see what happens. What will others think? Forget about that - it's not important. The truly inspirational leaders and people who are changing the world for the better know this! In the studio - we get to delve in, explore, challenge the conditioned thinking that keeps us from our unlimited potential. When we hold space for free creativity, we hold space for evolution and progress!
Process painting 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.
Keep an eye out for special programs that I offer from time to time, or Contact me to chat about a custom experience for you, your family, friends or group! Then . . .
Come to the Studio!
I have everything you need to start process painting in my bright and cozy studio. All you have to do is show up and be ready to have some fun! Groups can be two or more people of any age. These are great activities for friends and family members, but even those who have just met here have a great time. A fantastic idea for a special event like a birthday or anniversary. Grandparents and grandchildren have a great time playing together!
Don't Wait for Inspiration!
Check here for information about the benefits of creative art programs for seniors.
Read the results of Canada's National Art and Youth Demonstration Project here.