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

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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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