Friday, August 14, 2015

My Creative Peace Book Review: The Realism Challenge

I have wanted to hone my drawing skills for a few months now so coming across this book felt pretty timely for me.  The book is well laid out and the author's voice is inviting throughout what could be a very intimidating challenge.

That said, I realize that I am so much better at learning artistic skills with a video or an in person experience.  Which is kind of odd because I learn SO MUCH from reading blogs and books so I was kind of surprised that I could not really settle down and do the lessons in this book.

I don't want to in any way dissuade you from buying this book because it is beautiful and carries a ton of tips.  For me though it helped because it put  Mark Crilley's talent on my radar and now I am plugged into his work on YouTube.

NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Value of Artistic Expression in Counseling

"Through artistic expression the client is given the opportunity to understand more fully who he/she is at that particular moment in that particular set of confusing circumstances."
—Suzanne Darley and Wende Heath

(Part 1 of a 3 part series)

Glue, stencils, scrapbook paper, and watercolor paints sit on the table as an invitation to play, create, and explore. You might expect that the table is set for a child to engage in laughter and fun as their imagination is encouraged to run free. But in fact, the setting is a counselor’s office and her client’s assignment, during their time together, is to create a sailboat.

In an unconventional way, the client (through the use of paint, constructing shapes, paper cutting, and gluing) begins to experience a meditative state that allows her to bridge the gap between her anxiety and her ability to make connections—connections that help bring about change in her life. The process is a subtle one. And many times, a client may be hesitant to try, bringing with her feelings of inadequacy from childhood about what the artwork should look like. 

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Coming to Chandler AZ: Kids and Adults Art Classes, Fall Camps and Parents Night out This Fall

Art & Yoga Workshops & Parent's Night Out For Kids & Adults Who Are Young at Heart

Parent's Night Out
Art, Yoga & Hula Hooping for the Kids
Parents enjoy an evening out while your children enjoy art, yoga and hula hooping. Each child will be grouped together to create an age appropriate creativity project. Then we will do a mini yoga session and learn some cool hula hoop tricks. Snacks and water will be provided. Teenage volunteers will be available to assist with activities.
Taught by Robin Norgren
Sept 11, 2015 from 6-8:30pm
Ages 4-10
Cost $40 per Child; $30 for Each Additional Child  (Includes Materials & Snacks) 
"Create & Share on 5X7"
Art & Creativity Classes for Women
Did you know that creating Art and engaging in creative activity offers incredible calming and meditative benefits? Many times the opportunities, the resources or the time just do not seem to open up for us to take advantage of this benefit. We here to help get rid of some the barriers. We lovingly invite you to Create and Share.
Join us for 4 weeks of learning art and mixed media techniques to create on 5x7 flat canvas.
Where does the sharing come in? Well it is two-fold. This is a time to bring a friend and have a fun night out making art. AND you will have the opportunity to create on 2 - 5x7 canvases, one for you to keep and one for you to gift to a friend, sharing the blessing of heartfelt creating with others.
What to expect: We will have a specific project each week you will be instructed step by step how to create. For the more adventuresome artist, feel free to come and create your own interpretation of the project. All supplies are provided.
Taught by Robin Norgren
Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8pm
Sept 1, 8, 15, 22
Cost $100 (Includes $60 for Workshop Series plus $60 Materials Fee)
Creativity and Movement Fall Kid's Camp
For Kids Ages 4-6 or Ages 5-8
ART: The Rocket Ships and Sparkle program offers a unique way of teaching art technique to children. We work with all types of paint, watercolors, scrapbook paper and random items we use in our day to day lives. Your children will be invited to create with high quality paint supplies and have the opportunity to create paintings and projects that will nurture their creative voice.  
HULA HOOPING: Active play is essential in every child's life. Hula hooping class is designed to inspire fun and laughter while instilling deep sense of joy and play in a community setting. Your child will learn tricks with the hula hoop and get a chance to learn to move rhythmically in the hoop.
JOI KIDS YOGA: In our kid's classes, we offer yoga, breath work, relaxation techniques, music, creative movement and sharing time to promote well being and balance. We incorporate songs, games and books into our yoga practice to create a fun and lively class while making sure to incorporate calm and stillness throughout.
Taught by Robin Norgren
Cost $75 per Session (Includes Materials)
Kids Ages 4-6
9-11 am Daily
Session 1: September 28, 29, 30, 2015
Session 2: October 5, 6, 7 2015
Session 3: October 12, 13, 14 2015
Kids Ages 5-8
1-3 pm Daily
Session 1: September 29, 30, October 1, 2015
Session 2: October 6, 7, 8, 2015
Session 3: October 13, 14, 15, 2015
Space limited to 12 for all of the art and creativity classes above. Please register a week prior to the workshop or camp start date.

My Creative Peace presents a Peek into my Art process - A girl with Antlers