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Are you looking for a way to continue your creative practice and finding it difficult to do on your own?
Curious about how art journaling can help release and relieve stress, and support a mindfulness practice?
Would you like to feel more connected to your creativity and have a more positive outlook on life?
Join us for one or more Art Journaling Monthly ONLINE Workshops
Choose from one or more of the following dates. Single 2 hour ONLINE workshops are $60 CAD (plus HST)  See COVID support option below.

In order to continue to support those whose income has been significantly impacted by COVID-19 I will continue to offer the option to pay the reduced rate.  For those who are able pay the regular rate I appreciate your support.

 
March, 20 2021 1-3pm EST THEME: Collective Connection
In this month’s Art Journaling Monthly we will focus on our Collective Connection- forging threads of connection to our inner and outer worlds at a time when things feel disconnected.
Using mixed media including hand sewing/stitching, we will use simple stitches to forge symbolic connections to supports both within and without in this unique art journaling workshop.
We will be using fabric scraps, recycled paper, various papers on hand to build up these connections for reflection and clarity.
Register for March 20, 1-3pm EST 2021:
I’m doing ok thanks! (regular rate $60 (+HST) for those who can)
I could use a little break (reduced rate $40 +HST for those who need it)
April 24, 2021 10am-12pm EST THEME: Layers of Resilience
In this month’s Art Journaling Monthly we will focus on our strengths and resilience, building up the layers in our art journals using mixed media and wax (white candle wax or bees wax will work- no special equipment other than a craft heat gun).  Using guided meditation, prompts and reflective journaling questions, I will guide you through a process to highlight your core strengths and resilience.
Register for April  24 2021 10am-12pm EST
I’m doing ok thanks! (regular rate of $60 +HST for those who can)
I could use a little break (reduced rate of $40 +HST for those who need it)
Where?
  • ONLINE from the comfort of your home!
  • You can participate through video link with other participants.
  • The Live workshop will be recorded and available for 4 weeks after the workshop to review.
  • You will receive a supplies list when you register.
Each Art Journaling Monthly workshop offers new ways of approaching your art journaling.  As an art therapist with over 20 years of experience helping others through art making, I have crafted art directives to help you get started and move you beyond the blank journal page.  
After running my in person Visual Journal Journey workshop series and alumni drop-ins here in Toronto with groups of women since 2014, I am now offering the same guidance and holding of space for my online community.  I have been honoured to have a number of women travel from a far to join me in person for my workshops and realize that is not possible for everyone.  As an art therapist who has worked in the field of art therapy since 1995, I know the importance of having a creative outlet.  Though in my workshops we are not doing art therapy, I have designed them to give you the tools to begin to explore and tap into your inner wisdom and creativity.

 

Though these workshops are not art therapy, they offer an opportunity for you to experience connection with your inner wisdom through art-making.

What is Art Journaling?

Art journaling is a form of self-expression using paint and mixed media (collage, drawing materials etc.) in a personal visual journal.  You’ve likely heard of the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words”, which speaks to how much depth visual imagery can hold. Rather than using words only, art journaling invites you to express yourself through imagery, colour, and form, tapping into your intuition for answers or simply using the art journal as a vessel for play, and relaxation.  When you express yourself through the process of art making, you forge a connection with your inner wisdom and creativity, allowing for the unfolding of self-care. I understand how important it is to spend some time reflecting on our art journaling so I offer reflective questions during the workshop to help you delve deeper into personal meaning in the privacy of your art journal.

The Benefits of Art Journaling

    • Art journaling is a creative practice that once you have begun is quite sustainable.

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    • You can work in your art journal for short periods of time daily, or weekly.

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    • You can work on the same piece over time, or do short and quick entries that reflect where you are at in that moment in time.

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    • Art journaling can help you connect with how you are feeling and help you find the answers from within.

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    • Art journaling offers an outlet for stress, and a way to process your day.

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    • Art journaling can help you develop a mindfulness practice, as well as develop self-compassion and acceptance.

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    • Art journaling can help you reflect on your strengths and nurture an attitude of gratitude.

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    • Art journaling is fun to do, there are no wrong ways to art journal, only many ways.

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    • No artistic skill is necessary as art journaling for health and well-being is about the process.

 

 

In these monthly workshops you will be introduced to different ways of working in your art journal for self-expression and self-care.  We will focus on unique themes each time, though each workshop will stand on its own.  This is a save space for creative experimentation, play and self-acceptance through art making.  You will be developing your creative muscles so that you may call on these skills to support your mental health and well-being.

FAQ

  1. Do I need to know how to draw to do art journaling?

No, art journaling is for everyone, no matter what your perceived skill level, we are all creative beings.  First and foremost, art journaling is about letting go of preconceptions of what is “art” and  how the art journal page will turn out.  Play, process and experimentation, is the overarching premise that guides these workshops.

  1. What if I make a mistake or it does not turn out?

I always say that so called “mistakes” are opportunities for new paths and discoveries.  Mistakes are an important part of growth.  I like to call “mistakes” in art making happy accidents, because they can lead us where we need to go but did not know!

  1. Will I be asked to share my art journal with others in the workshop?

No, your art journal is your own personal space to express yourself.  While others may see parts of what you make just by being in the same space, the beauty of art making is that only you really know what it is about.  As this is a workshop, and not art therapy, I do not ask participants to share what they have made visually (holding up to show) or with words.  Who you choose to share parts of your art journal with is up to you.   Because art journaling can be highly emotional at times and of a very personal nature, I recommend that before sharing parts of your art journal with anyone, you give yourself a few days sitting with what you created in order to make an informed decision.

  1. Will I need to buy expensive art supplies to keep art journaling?

Absolutely not!  Many supplies I use for art journaling can be found at the dollar store or inexpensively.  

  1. What is included in the workshop fee?

Live support during the workshop, a materials list, reflective prompts for inner inquiry and growth, a recording available for 4 weeks after the workshop.

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