Wednesday, August 31, 2011

There's a lot going on around here!

Collage by Lani, with help from  FlyPaper Textures

New eCourses that combine art and positive psychology, resilience, creativity, photoshop and collage are ready to go, starting September 12.  You can read about them here but don't forget to come back to this blog to get your big blog-reader discount (just look at the column to the right).

Six Easy Lessons for a Happy Artist's Life

Have you heard about the 6 Degrees of Creativity?

This is a 6 month on-line group of workshops starting October 10, 2011.  It includes 6 different workshops, offered by 6 instructors from the art therapy community.  We have created workshops which will explore practical and useful hands-on concepts, techniques, and ideas relating to themes about transformation, social change, collaboration, and using art for good.  All these ideas and techniques will work in your life, your art room, and your creative practice.

My workshop is Six Easy Lessons for a Happy Artist’s Life and the little video above may give you a flavor of the material to be presented.  I believe the simplest and gentlest things really are the source of creativity and happiness. I'm sure of it. Those moments when you are actually in your own skin, feeling, being, enjoying your life, those are the deepest moments of happiness and they are free for us to access at any time.  Have you ever felt that sense of possibility and excitement of a magical day unfolding like on the first day of a vacation, or on the first day in a new place when you have no idea what is around the next corner? For me that feeling is a clue to creating a happy artist's life.  If you are interested in how to take the "least thing" and make up the "best happiness" check out "Six Easy Lessons for a Happy Artist's Life" where you will receive one lesson per month.  Each lesson will have a positive psychology principal at its base, and will be easy to replicate in any art room or even in the privacy of your own art journal.  What could be better?  Come join us and start your happy artist's life today!

The other workshops include Examining the Everyday, Creating Gratitude and Affirmation, 6 Degrees of Creativity, Altered by Art: The Transformative Media of Beeswax Collage, and Sock Monkey Therapy!

Oh my!  Spots in these workshops go on sale here, starting September 1!  Oh boy, oh boy!!!

Claudine Hellmuth - a simple transfer technique

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bill's Zine "We Collect Joy"

We Collect Joy cover by Bill.
Do you ever wish that in the depths of winter you had a bit of the joys of summer, or maybe just a bit more of what makes life so delightful?

Bill thought about that and started working on a collaborative Zine for all of us to contribute to, a zine which will be called "We Collect Joy".
So if you had as much free time as you needed, and you were able to share some joy with others, what would it be that you would share? 

Here are some ideas from the 14 Secrets folks (I can't wait to see this zine!).  If I could, I would:
"share scenes of Nature's beauty, faces of children and pictures of animals, mountain moments poetry, nature photographs of the mountains alive with color, words and art to celebrate the joy of life, as much color and light filled joy as possible, a world filled with light and rainbows, laughter, music, the ocean, being surrounded by trees, small children being free, and a walk on the Escarpment where you can experience glorious fall colour, the wide expanse of Georgian Bay and smell the forest and the humus, feel the breeze rustle their hair and know that all is well within Creation."

Isn't that wonderful?

How it's going to work is Bill will create a digital "We Collect Joy" zine for everyone in the group to have.  What will go into the zine?  Our favorite poems, photos, pieces of art that we have created that gives us joy, essays on what "joy" means to us, and/or brand new digital collages all about joy.  Bill has already created the cover for this zine (see above), and hopefully it will inspire you to want to join this digital collaboration.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Kate Church's workshop part two

Final version of the doll from Kate Church's workshop.

Here she is in progress. 

She's pretty delighted with life.

And she likes her killer eyelashes, lol!

Another participant's doll (the owner of CatFishMoon)

He's pretty happy with his killer eyelashes too!

Kate demonstrates the finishing touches.

Super workshop!  Thanks so much Kate!