Mindful Art Center – Creative Online Workshops
To those who can not make it to the Mindful Art Center studio, you can participate in my online workshops through a secure server. Part of the benefit of my workshops is the safe and welcoming environment established among the participants. I will be active in the discussions to provide feedback and answer questions. New information will be posted to the online workshop after the in studio workshop for each week.
The Stitch Therapy workshop is designed as a type of personal meditation using fiber art. Hand stitching is a slow process and requires your attention in order to create accurate stitches but also allows your thoughts to drift back and forth from the colors to the texture to the sound of the thread as it is pulled through the fabric. I often find myself thinking about my day or my family or a memory that has been triggered by the colors of thread or miscellaneous materials I’m using. I take this opportunity of spontaneous thoughts and memories to guide my choices in color, texture, and other materials and trust that as I meditate on my choices the finished piece of art will emerge as it should.
My goal with these online workshops is to help you discover a process of using art as a meditative practice. To let go of the rules and just explore – experiment. To use art for self-care… as a type of preventative medicine.
The workshops will include .pdf files for you to download and save; videos of process and techniques where applicable; and a discussion forum for members to share their work, their ideas, and their support of each other. This discussion area is the heart of the workshops and I am always pleased to see how much support and respect members give to each other. I will be monitoring the discussion boards and participating weekly (if not more often) to answer questions and provide feedback.
The current workshops on Teachable include:
This workshop explores using fiber art as a method for personal awareness and healing. The process is part of the discovery. You are encouraged to explore techniques and materials – this is not a step-by-step instruction on how to create your final piece, although there are instructions for different embroidery stitches and finishing techniques. The workshop is $40 per month. (cancel anytime).
A materials kit is available here: Stitch Therapy kit
You can learn embroidery stitches and art techniques anywhere but there is something amazing about being a part of a tribe that is supportive and safe – a group who can relate to your yarn and fabric stash! A place where you are free to express yourself The discussion rules are simple: be kind, be supportive.
“Kelly’s teaching is sensitive and empowering. She fosters community in her workshops. She is very creative and brings that creativity to the workshop process”
“It was good to be able to drop-in at anytime and see what others were working on. It’s wonderful to receive feedback on personal work and you were always responsive to individual posts.”
***** Daily Visual Journal *****
Available on Teachable for Mindful Art Center
My Daily Visual Journal began as a challenge to myself to create art everyday and generate my own inspiration. Sometimes words are not enough to accurately express our thoughts and feelings. Using art to access our creative, non-verbal ideas can help us reflect on our personal experiences in a new way. Creating a Daily Visual Journal is a great way to practice self-care as it gives you time to focus on the present moment. This workshop illustrates some of the techniques I use and how you can incorporate these techniques into your own daily visual journal. In addition, each technique is followed by a self reflection prompt for you to think about and write about on the backside of your visual journal entry. This is a self-care process that promotes relaxation and self-awareness. No prior art experience is necessary!
Daily Visual Journal is a self-care journal that incorporates images, color, texture, and words to uniquely capture your personal expressions. Using the materials from the supply list, or using what you already have, you can create a visual expression of today.
This workshop gives you techniques to experiment with – your journal is your place of discovery – discovery of yourself and your visual voice.
Each technique is followed by a self reflection prompt for you to think about and write about on the backside of your visual journal. Sometimes while creating a visual journal I have a thought in mind and it informs the artwork, other times I’m just playing with technique and process. This written portion does not need to be completed immediately, sometimes the idea occurs to you much later and a self reflection is obvious. Other times, you may feel no need to respond at all.
Remember, this process is for you and you may have your own routine and ideas to make it work. Great! Use these Daily Visual Journal techniques and ideas as an inspiration for your own work. I would love to see what you create your Daily Visual Journal! Please, share your work and ideas – share your self-care routine and keep creating!
***** Developing You Stitching Voice *****
Coming Soon to Teachable for Mindful Art Center
I developed this workshop to help you create a successful series of work whether for a show or just for your own portfolio. This workshop is self-paced but will include check lists and check-ins to discuss progress.
• Choosing your theme
• Managing time – the work schedule
• Focus and Resistance
• Finishing and Display
• Individual critique and discussion of your work and progress on public discussion board and/or privately through email.
** refund policy **
Please note that there are no refunds for the Creative Workshops membership. All purchases are final. If you decide that you no longer want access to all the workshops and downloadable materials, just send an email with “cancel Creative Workshops” in the subject line and your subscription will be canceled. Also, the workshops and forums are designed as a safe and welcoming atmosphere and by joining you agree to behave appropriately and speak kindly to other workshop members. If you can not follow these simple rules, your membership will be canceled and you will not be allowed to participate in the workshops or forums.
** access to membership **
Since these are online workshops you will have access to all the materials for the duration of your membership (and the downloadable material is yours to keep if you cancel your membership). You are encouraged to download and save all the materials so that you will have access to them wherever you go regardless of internet connection.
“It was great, it was a nice mix of interaction with you and the other participants. This is the first class where I’ve actually used that. I think in part because your comments were thoughtful and supportive.”
“Workshop was very inspiring, I found the process really relaxing”