I am offering a new art class this fall: to paint and to relax letting all concerns and problems go.
I noticed that some students were taking art classes way too seriously, and being not in a relaxed mood does not allow achieving the same results what people, who always take things easy, do.
I want to make a welcoming environment for creation so that purely technical goals become secondary while painting.
American traditional art teaching pays too much attention to the technical execution of art while leaving the emotional and spiritual side totally neglected. Especially, when I just relocated to Canada, it was definitely overwhelming how sometimes artwork would scream: I am technically perfect, every smallest dot and line is where they should be and every color is exactly as the textbook requires. That is why some artists go for big lengths: they trace and copy photos, and redraw and repaint everything what in digitally adjusted photo is. Where is the creativity? That allows achieving a perfection which frequently lacks feelings and does not move emotions. I would like to emphasize: the creative process is the most valuable part of the artistic phenomenon.
Perfection with art is not the best guiding idea because it simply does not allow unfolding the creative potential.
I hear this quite frequently: I’m not touching this painting anymore because I do not want to damage it. Well, leaving work unfinished isn’t good either.
I also wanted to make an art class which is impossible to replicate online: just because the content of this class rests on the presence and the interaction between me, group and everybody as an individual.
I will gear everything towards a great, interesting, amazing and positive experience. That means learning about oneself and art, and learning to be creative without the annoying pressure which some teaching venues want to impose on somebody who is looking for a new skill and ability.
We will also perform a few focusing and relaxing ceremonies, and I will show some ways to have your brush to follow your thoughts.
We will use blocks of paper, so that at the end of this 10 positive experience events session everybody will have an image diary and will be able to continue adding creations.
Inspiration and immersion in calm, creative environment is something we do not find often.
I believe, this new type of art class where experience and activity flow together creating emotional satisfaction, thus, releasing stresses and providing with a new perspective on the bothering issues in one’s life, will be well attended and appreciated.
It’s very interesting that I was away and did not do any advertising so far, but people were applying, in fact, a lot of people, that includes the new daytime art class.
I am adding as illustration some brush stroke and wash only paintings which do not need any drawing. We use only watercolor and water, and we watch what happens and how our thoughts and ideas look on paper.
Watercolor paintings without drawing: fun, relaxing brushing and interesting flow of pigment:
Leaf patterns, washes and more washes
Road towards the fall
Side by side with summer
Art classes are for everybody because we will be using only our personal preferences with choosing colors, subjects and the way they look.
Participants will have a lot of choice: they can draw, they can use pen or they can also do very abstract or semi-abstract art for their image diary. That’s why it’s called: stress relief with color and line.