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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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”

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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