Expressive Arts is for everyone. We are all born with an innate human capacity to be creative. This is NOT a traditional art class. It about working with the process itself and following its threads through different art modalities such as visual art, movement, writing, music, poetry, or drama. Because it is about the process and of being creative and expressing from it within, it is less about the product. A satisfying product is wonderful – and our work can be quite beautiful – but it is not the main objective.
How you create your image is very individualized. There are NO WRONG ANSWERS. Your images are like your friends you meet along the trail in a park. To give feedback and support as you explore your own creative journey. Sometimes I might suggest materials or a particular approach, but you are always welcome to work on anything you choose. I usually start with a check-in and move into metaphor with a poem or guided mediation. We have work time, which sometimes includes writing prompts. Then we witness each other’s work and finally, we share our experience about the process. The work we create and the emotions that sometimes come up for us can be deep and is always very personal.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton
This workshop is most beneficial for:
- Stress or anxiety management
- Learning ways to self regulate
- Identifying creative blocks
- Melting away the wall that feels like a creative block
- Learning new ways for achieving relaxation
- Learn the skill of “active meditation” or “mindful practices” for well being
- Exploring self reflection opportunities
- Connecting with yourself and others on a deeper level
- Learning how to playing with art mediums
The Expressive Arts Open Studio is a regular space and time to explore and cultivate your own personal creative practice. The emphasis is on process over product, self-reflection, the experience of a creative community, and witnessing the journey with others. No prior expressive or traditional art experience is necessary. Use what art supplies you have on hand or request a suggested supply list.