Intuitive Painting and Movement Retreat: Presented by the Atlantic Center for the Arts and Laura K. Bohn

Inutitive Painting Retreat 2018

Treat yourself to a holistic, playful, and beautiful environment free from distractions where you can play with mark making in paint to explore personal expression and hush your inner critic.

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Come spend the weekend painting, hiking, doing yoga, and stay on campus at the beautiful Atlantic Center for The Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

You can come for one or two days, spend the night or not. Add on meals made by our chefs. Design your weekend!

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To read more about me, Laura Bohn click here.

To learn more about retreat click here http://atlanticcenterforthearts.org/event-or-exhibition/intuitive-painting-and-movement-an-arts-and-wellness-retreat/

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Expressive Art Journaling: My first Online Class!

Animal As Metaphor: Expressive Art Journaling online class

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In this class we will create an art journal spread based on the live class I have taught as an art educator and art therapist.  I am also a professional painter so I love to add layers of paint, pencils, collage, and found imagery to my journals.

You will learn how to use animals as metaphors for storytelling. Many cultures have animal totems, spirit animals, power animals.  In art therapy I have learned that archetypal animals that we relate to helps us tell our stories through symbols and metaphors.  So I have created this online art journal class all about this work.

The wonderful aspect of online classes is that if you don’t have time to go to a live class you can take a class on your own schedule and also pause the videos and rewind if you need!

Video classes are a game changer for artists!  For the student to see the artist working with an application of paint, and other tools is way more interactive than reading a lesson.

Of course here you have both videos and PDF files to keep.  This course is only 20 dollars with life time access.

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Here is the link!

http://lauraknapikbohn.teachable.com/?preview=logged_out

 

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Second Transformative Painted Collage Portrait

Here is my second transformative painted collage portrait.

In these workshops, I have participants bring in an image to transform.  They can print an image of a loved one, archetype, hero, etc and add scraps, words and a lot of paint.

First step is to either cover printed image with gel medium or matte Modge Podge to make it strong enough to paint on.

While it is drying we simply play with paint and textures on the background and add bits of collage that will peak through the paint.

Finally, words or other imagery can be added to help build a story around image. 14088669_1097490346953949_4322704024362644634_n-1.jpgFor more information on upcoming classes visit  expressiveartsstudio.weebly.com and artwork at lauraknapikbohn.com

 

Transforming the Collage

As an artist/art therapist creating art as wellness workshops, I research art therapy directives with a basis in mindfulness based art therapy. For this directive, I was to transform a portrait that was either a part of the self, archetype, loved one, or simply a character that relates to meaning in my own life.  I of course, worked on my own before I facilitated the workshop for others.

I started with deep breathing and relaxation, I have learned to relax and focus while choosing images to work with as we do in the workshops.  When I found this image of a girl in National Geographic, she was supposedly a generated representation of a future young lady of mixed ethnic heritage as the norm in America.  I thought she was stunningly beautiful and it reminded me of the beauty that comes out of two people loving each other from different backgrounds. It also reminded me of all the prejudices some of my friends went through when they were involved in relationships that were not accepted by others and they resulted in beautiful children who were trying to find their place in the world. And so I just wanted to transform those prejudices into something beautiful into acceptance and love.

While working, on this piece, I let it evolve naturally. I used paint, printed images, and words to transform this piece.  I started painting on the image for fun and the results were simply from playing with paint.

The words in the finished work are from Maya Angelou who eloquently states…

“I can be change by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it”

for more information go to expressiveartsstudio.weebly.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water as Metaphor: Intuitive Watercolor Workshop

Recently, I facilitated an arts and wellness workshop titled Water as Metaphor: Intuitive Watercolor Workshop at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Harris House in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

This dynamic intuitive watercolor painting was created by a participant using a mix of tube and liquid concentrated watercolors.

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Painting by J. Hannick

In expressive arts and art therapy,  working intuitively can lead to the discovery of symbols and metaphors in your artwork that can help tell your story.  The metaphors can work as guides.

Our workshop began with a discussion on water as a metaphor in literature, psychology and art. For example, she was as angry as a raging storm or calm as the glassy sea.  Thinking metaphorically leads to many creative discoveries.

We also did a deep breathing creative visualization on the water element.

Not every work will have spontaneous imagery arise that we can use for metaphor and that is fine.  Just knowing how to use metaphor for self discovery through the arts can help us understand our journey and gain insight.

The painting below was created by simply using my finger and tube watercolor and creating an arc shape with my finger.

Then I sprayed water on it and brushed it out a little with a paintbrush and a finger.  An ocean wave seemed to be evolving, so I followed the paintings lead and evolved the wave.

Many people find watercolors frustrating because the lack of ability in controlling it. By working intuitively and letting the watercolor flow wet on wet, dry on wet, and other experimental techniques, students can let go of the need to control the paint and follow the flow of paint to the point of creative discovery.

 

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Collage of students’ work                                                                                      photo by Sooz White

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We ended the workshop with a mindfulness writing reflection in response to the artwork.

Next Intuitive painting workshop is July 9th.

Details for next workshops click  here 

And click here to view Laura’s paintings lauraknapikbohn.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Believe in the Creativity of Your Soul

Expressive Art Journaling

Background Pages and then what?

Hi artists!

As some of you know I have been facilitating expressive art journaling classes for awhile now.

Self expression is what it is all about in art journaling.  So, what about all those fun background pages we have created with by playing with paint?

Yes, painting background  is a wonderful way to get rid of the blank page and have fun intuitively creating color combination, movement, swirls, stamps, stencils, you name it!

And, so with some pages we have to wait patiently for the right images and/or words to go with it.  And then some pages maybe no clue?

How bout one word?  One image?  If you have no trouble at all filling your pages with images and words that give purpose and meaning your page and your intent, then keep going!  When you just don’t feel like an image can fit try writing one word.

In my case I wrote believe on the right page and sing on the other. And then I just let those words sit for awhile.

Reflect, wait until the next words come.  We don’t have to strain for it.  There will be more words if necessary.

Try your handwriting or printing in pencil first and then simply use a pen/marker on top.

Stamping or stenciling letters is another choice.

Believe!  After reflection I will write what comes next. Perhaps it will say

believe in the creativity of your soul…..

Here is the link to my next expressive art journaling class as community outreach at

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Harris House

in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

 

Feel free to comment or share about your journaling experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing the Processes I love

 Hi You Guys! 
Since I have been teaching Intuitive Painting I have learned so much and yet I 
am still a beginner. How could that be?
Painting intuitively starts with boldly playing on canvas and letting the painting arise.  
Abstract Expressionists have known this for a long time. 
Carl Jung worked this way.
All that you need is a canvas or board and some acrylic paint. First layer, simply
make marks in all cool colors or all warm. 
If you want to know more leave a comment and I will write more! 
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