community workshops and classes
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A COMMUNITY ARTS SESSION:
Each Community Arts workshop or class, follows a therapeutic model, honoring an individual, family or community members, while encouraging sharing and inclusivity that is respectful of unique voice. The creative process of artmaking encompasses sensory awareness, emotional intelligence, and a rich multi-modal rapport. Shaping adversities into clear and emotional form that nurtures creative growth, self- discovery, and empowerment. All activities can be self, or group directed, with no pressure, and can be customized to fit each individual’s needs.
Workshop/class environments promotes ethical, safe, and sensitive spaces, where the unexpected can be encountered through rich art-making creations. All openings and closings will honor appropriate ritual ceremonies, and lead by member from community.
Workshop or classes can be varying length, from 1.5 hours – 3 hours a class, or held over a day, a week, or a month. Whatever suits a community’s needs.
Workshops and Classes Samples
1. BEYOND THE BROWN PAPER BAG
Exploring what brown paper might offer as a medium for artmaking, paper being a by-product of Nature/Trees, and a source of infinite reinvention. The workshop can be divided into three parts, with a progressional theme, loosely based on the principles of form and function. Activities focused on exploration, discovery, and transformation.
2. CEREAL BOX WORLDS
Three dimensional little worlds created using old cereal boxes, watercolour, and collage, and exploring the intimate and epic of miniature composition. In this workshop participants learn technics of shaping space, manipulating mediums, and playing with imaginal, spatial, and temporal metaphor. Nurturing intuitive rapport through visual animation and storytelling.
“Through art-making we balance, shape and reveal things both inside and out”
3. CREATIVE HANDS
Collaborative creation through gentle art making and character animation. Using nature as a source of inspiration to guide art making and shaped stories. Tree Spirits created with stick bodies, paper gowns, decorated with string and natural adornment, then brought to life and set in motion through simple puppetry animation.
Mixing paint and magic!
6. BODY MAPPING & STORY CREATIONs
Exploring “who are we? and how do we wish to shape ourselves through art making” weaving themes of: identity, imaginary personas, and exploring how we experience ourselves in the world around us, fantastical and real. Workshop focuses on how children come to their creative process, individually and in a group setting, and how the art making can increase cognitive and intuitive perception, using a full-bodied experiential exchange.