Romancing Your Muse – Using Expressive Art to Create from your Soul. That’s the title of the next workshop I’ll be leading on May 12, 9:30 – 4:00 pm.
Many artists draw “spontaneously,” allowing the body-mind-spirit to move the paintbrush or pen. It’s like “being in the zone,” where we disconnect from our inner critic and let the body move on its own. Call this impetus your soul. . . or your muse . . . or your unconscious mind. Or even your inner wisdom. It’s a force that wants to express through you. The picture above is one of my Touch Drawings done spontaneously during a session of about an hour.
In this workshop, students will become familiar with this spontaneous movement and use it to draw in various ways. We will begin by doing Touch Drawing, where you apply paint to a board, roll it out thin, place paper over it, and then draw on top of the paper. The result is a “touch drawing.” Here’s a student from my last class holding her board at the end of the session. We were all excited about the paint board, which was itself worthy as a piece of art!
Need I mention that we have fun in this class? It’s a time to check your inner critic at the door and let your inner child play.
After a lunch break, we’ll warm up again with doodling and continuous line drawing. Then we’ll move back to the big room to practice “co-creative drawing.” We’ll use oil pastels to create a panel of different images – each one will have a special meaning for the artist. Here’s an example shown by a student in my March class.
In past classes, some students have discovered a theme to their drawings. Others have had “aha” moments as they understand the symbols they are being given through the art. Still others are delighted to find that they can “make art” when they didn’t think they able to draw a straight line. Everyone will have art to take home and receive enough training to do most of the techniques by themselves.
We will meet at Karen Lacy’s Alternative Choices Wellness Center, 216 Crossman Avenue, in Buena Vista. By May 5, I need to know who is coming, so if you are interested, please call the Center at 719-239-2007 and let Karen know. The workshop fee is $60, and no previous art experience is necessary.