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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Intuitive Painting and Movement Retreat for Self Discovery

Greetings Friends,
Let me start by telling you that for me drawing and painting has been one of the most rewarding creative practices I have ever experienced. Besides family, nature, and visiting new places, I love spending time creating.
I am so excited to share this new Intuitive Painting Retreat at  The Atlantic Center for the Arts with you.

Atlantic Center for the Arts is a a 69-acre ecological preserve on the edge of pristine Turnbull Bay, the Atlantic Center for the Arts provides a tranquil yet stimulating setting that inspires artists from around the world to rejuvenate, collaborate and create. Envisioned and founded by environmentalist, painter and sculptor Doris Leeper in 1977, the artists-in-residence facility brings talented artists together to work with distinguished masters in the fields of visual, literary, performing and musical arts.

roofs-550.jpg I have taught both traditional painting and intuitive painting and really believe that one can benefit the other.
Whether you are a beginner painter or a seasoned artist
creating a portfolio, intuitive painting is a way to explore the abstract, the imaginative, the experimental, and the deeply satisfying unfolding of the creative practice in action.

Come explore the beautiful campus of the Atlantic Center for the Arts for this wonderful two day weekend retreat.

You will have the option to come to one day or two for a better deal and more thorough investigation into your painting experience.  Also, come stay on campus with me!

 

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The first day we will have yoga available taught by Ella Ran.  We have delicious meals to add on if you wish. We will also have rooms available to spend the night if you want to enjoy painting in the evening in the studio!  For those who stay overnight in our on-campus rooms, you will be able to enjoy the healing musical sounds of the Pan-Drum while in the studio in the evening played by the wonderful musician Danny Sorenson.  Headphones are also welcome!

On our second day we will have an early morning sound-walk available with musician and sound-editor Eve Payor.  Then we can continue with painting and learn how to take the painting to the next level on the second day or continuing with experimentation.
Please join me for an exciting weekend retreat at the main campus of the Atlantic Center for the Arts at the Painting and Sculpture studios August 5, and 6th.

We will be utilizing both the painting and sculpture studios.

For more details scroll down to link after poster.

Inutitive Painting Retreat 2018

 

For more details on how to register link here

Expressive Art Journaling for Self-Care and Fun! Art Journal Your Archetypes

Art Journaling: Personal and Universal Archetypes

Archetypes are universal symbols/metaphors that influence or shape our experience. Jung called them “inherited thought patterns”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archetype
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In this next expressive art workshop, we will explore who we are in relation to archetypes.
If you enjoy storytelling, myth, and art, you will enjoy creating an archetypal art journal spread!
Have you been feeling like an angel, queen, a fool, the giving mother, the martyr,
the survivor, the warrior, the traveler, or the gypsy?
What about a wizard, goddess, Native American archetype? Characters from fairytales, history, literature? The list goes on and on.

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Have fun exploring those themes by simply printing an image of an archetype to bring, or print an image of yourself to transform on a journal page.
Personal archetypes are the ones you create. Make one up! Or, no clue?
Just come anyway and receive a journal to play and explore in or bring your journal from a previous class and receive five dollar discount for this class.
You can find the most amazing vintage images online and just print a couple options for class. Whether you are relating to a queen or a fool, you can learn from your archetype.
The above is an image that I found of the Queen Artemesia who was a warrior for the Persian people.
I can change her into a warrior for peace, environment or however I can.
I can paint on the sealed printed image, add words, etc. Here is the photo. I can google wise woman and have a lovely mature wise woman image. The sky is the limit people!
Click atlanticcenterforthearts.org/event-or-exhibition/first-thursdays-expressive-art-journaling-for-self-discovery-and-stress-release-6/
to reserve your spot or you can also email Laura at bohnlaura1@gmail.com for inquiries or to reserve your spot for tomorrow’s workshop at Harris House.

 

 

 

Peace and Coziness

I don’t know about you but I am definitely wanting a little peace and coziness this time of year so I can catch up on some reading.

I cherish a delicious novel and have one I have started but think I will share some books that are non-fiction and related to my work as an art therapist.

There are some fantastic books out there on healing arts, art therapy, authentic art expression, and the list goes on.  Right now I am very interested in authentic movement guiding the art process so one of the books I am reading is Imagination in Action written by art therapist Shaun Mcniff!  He uses mindfulness to slow down and be in the moment while not judging the physical acts of movement and creating.

Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies also uses this moment to moment mind, body, spirit connecting to bring about creative awareness! I am in awe of these methods and have started using them in my workshops.unnamed-3.jpg

If you are an art therapist or work with these methods as an artist leave a comment so we can have a conversation.  The other books on this list are equally enlightening but won’t go on anymore as you can look them up for yourselves if interested and on a journey to trust the process in your spiritual path through the healing arts. More at creativewellartstudio.weebly.com

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transformative Painted Collage Portraits

Greetings Friends,

I am getting ready for this Saturday’s outreach arts and wellness workshop at the Atlantic Center for the Arts Harris House in New Smyrna Beach.

I have been experimenting with painted collages or mixed media on board. I used a lot of paint on the mod podge covered images. so that is why I am calling the process painted collage.

Here is my first painted collage on board after doing a lot of this type of work in art journals and being a painter for many years.

This should be fun for participants because you can play around with paint, add images, words and transform the image into a meaningful character that makes a personal statement.

Here is a link to the upcoming workshop.  Atlantic Center for the Arts

 

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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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The Art of Self Discovery

 Intuitive Painting

How do you express your creativity while expressing your authentic self?

Do you write poems, cook, garden, run marathons?  While doing certain activities that we are in a state of grace or flow doing, we enter a relaxed state where answers to our lives may become available.

If I am paying attention to the moment of applying a turquoise wash and how it flows on the surface, I can later reflect on what it means in my life.

I step back and realize how nature has the ability to sooth me.  I think of swimming in the turquoise springs and how I can balance my life.

This moment to moment awareness and stepping back to reflect is a constant dance in understanding authentic self expression.

What do I do if my paintings are representing ugly emotions?  I also observe those emotions and let them go by. I can take a break and learn why I am experiencing those emotions.

Then continue on and let some of the layers of those angry or fearful emotions show through in my work or continue on and paint over them.

There is no right or wrong way to paint intuitively.

What if you are a trained artist who  is constantly critiquing your own work?

Intuitive painting works for both non-artists and trained artists. Why?

I recently painted a commission of a horse in which frustration was a part of creating a quality based artwork.   I remember thinking I just wantunnamed-3 to play with paint and need a break from this hard work.  So, that is why I would put the horse painting to the side and pick up a blank canvas and play.

Playing with paint was exactly what I needed to bring back my sense of joy and to work through emotions.

Another way this can work is when you have artist’s block and don’t know what to paint.

If you are a painter, there is no excuse not to paint if you do not know what to paint as you can simply play with paint.

I use acrylic paints to play as they dry quickly and I can keep layering them.

If you have tried this type of painting let me know your thoughts.  Intuitive painting or process painting is a method used by art therapists and healing artists. Some abstract painters also have discovered this through experimentation.

I am presently facilitating intuitive painting workshops at the Atlantic Center for Arts Harris House in New Smyrna Beach, Florida every Saturday in February of 2016 as part of their community outreach art and wellness program.

For details & registration call 386-427-6975 x: 23 or ktimmons@atlanticcenterforthearts.org. Classes will be $15 for materials

 

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