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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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.

 

 

 

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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Mixed Media Journaling

Mixed Media Journaling

Recently, I taught an art class on art and healing through Mixed Media journaling. Mixed Media journaling is innately healing due to the emphasis on process instead of product. Each page is always a work in action. If a student doesn’t like a page simply paint or collage over part or all of the first layer of work. Play and explore through Mixed Media art journaling and let the healing journey begin.
Students in class learned how to make their own mixed media journals and combine wet and dry materials. We painted backgrounds to relaxing music that helped unleash creativity so that the mind could play with color and texture. Building layers by painting, stamping and scraping helps a student through further abstracting the background so that personal visual language can come through.
The art journal is not for exhibit so the stress of having a finished art product is relieved.
Layering their own personal imagery, poetry, collaging, glazing, cutting up old artwork and reusing it, will help students connect with their personal stories and journeys through insight.
Students can learn to work with the use of images as self symbols and metaphors for their lives.
Tribute pages to a lost loved one or somebody special is also quite helpful in the area of self healing.
Laura K. Bohn

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