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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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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Therapeutic Art Doll Workshop

 

December 4th I had the privilege of facilitating a therapeutic and healing art doll workshop.  Also called a spirit doll, this doll was created for the purpose of empowering women through creative self expression.

First, I practiced creating clay faces and figures as the wise woman, grandmother spirit, mother archetype, spirit of nature doll, and dolls that have yet to express who they are.

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Materials were branches, moss, shells, beads, feather, repurposed and fabric remnants, clay faces, nuts, seeds, and more!

Here are some examples of participants work.

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Art and a Trip to San Miguel De Allende

At the beginning of the  year my husband asked if I wanted to go to New Orleans for our 20th anniversary in July.  I said New Orleans in July?  Way too hot and it would be  like having no escape from the summer heat here in Florida. Besides, I told him, I am going to San Miguel De Allende for an art workshop in July…..

So, my husband asked if I was going to celebrate our anniversary without him. Ha ha, no we would celebrate as I would return in time. I just needed to do this trip.

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Artists have been going to San Miguel De Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico since the 1930’s.  San Miguel De Allende is a colonial city at the heart of Mexico’s independence from Spain.  Miguel Hidalgo, declared Mexico’s independence from Spain in the nearby town of Dolores in 1810. In San Miguel, General Allende helped lead the army to victories.

In 1938, Felipe Cossio del Pomar (Peruvian artist) established San Miguel’s first art school and the rest is history. Today there are many art schools, workshops, classes and galleries!

After years of being a teaching artist, a mom of two children with the youngest in high school, I have been dreaming of doing in artist workshop in a foreign country. I wanted to visit another culture and be inspired by new colors, themes, language, etc.  Furthermore, I have been practicing my Spanish via Duolingo so I could at least attempt conversations and show some respect by trying to learn the language.

Also, I wanted to do this because of spending three years in grad school becoming an art therapist!  I graduated with my masters of art in art therapy in December of 2014 and it was grueling and my passion.  I worked at a mental health center as an intern for the year of 2014 and just needed some real artistic inspiration.

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Culturally, there are a lot of Americans and Canadians who visit San Miguel De Allende. I read that twenty percent of residents are expatriates and a lot of them artists.  For me, I wanted to not only practice my Spanish but be respectful of the culture and try to converse with locals in their language.  I tried to be polite, not entitled, and tried to learn about the culture. I had some very interesting conversations with locals and really need to go back since I was barely getting started.

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