This is the core group experience at Inner Studio! It's a facilitated meeting once a week for new and returning students of The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron , the seminal 12-chapter self-help course book in creative recovery. You do the coursework at home during the week, then give and receive peer connection and support every Sunday evening by meeting together in an inspiring art studio environment. People each share about how it’s going, discuss that week’s chapter topics, and sometimes do a creative activity together. The Artist's Way course changed my own life when I was 23… then again 19 years later… and I love holding space for others to have their own experience with it. Inner Studio has held three of these groups, so far: Fall 2016... Spring 2017... Fall 2017...
ABOUT THE BOOK
"The Artist's Way is an empowering book for aspiring and working artists. With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron leads you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces. The Artist's Way is unique in three ways: 1) It links creativity to spirituality by showing in non-denominational terms how to tap into a higher power that connects human creativity with the creative energies of the universe. 2) It links creativity to personal empowerment, and in each of the twelve weeks of the course helps remove one or more seemingly insurmountable barriers to artistic confidence and productivity. 3) It links creativity to learnable skills, guiding you through a variety of highly effective exercises and activities that spur imagination and capture new ideas. Whatever your spiritual orientation, The Artist's Way will resonate in your creative mind with truth, wisdom, and inspiration."
** NEXT: Fall 2018 Group! Registration is OPEN. < Click for details.
** Completed groups: (1) Fall 2016 (2) Spring 2017 (3) Fall 2017...
There's something inherently liberating and thrilling about collage, whether you're a person who generally feels shy / stressed / "not good at" visual art, or a seasoned artist who needs to shake-up or escape from your own imagistic ruts. One element of collage's magic lies in getting to shift our attention to the task / question / problem / puzzle of the RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN IMAGES THAT ALREADY EXIST... rather than the task of generating the images themselves. It's an open-ended, no-rules, poetic game of arrangement, collection, association, juxtaposition, metaphor, symbolism, composition, design, and narrative… even if you're not actually thinking about any of that as you work! No artistic confidence required.
Touch Drawing is a simple-yet-profound way of drawing with your fingertips, originated by artist Deborah Koff-Chapin in 1974. It's much more than an art form or a cool "technique." It's a dynamic, contemplative, non-perfectionist creative process that can activate latent potential, and often leads to creating images you love! Touch Drawing can be powerful for people who feel limited in their skills -- perhaps believing they're "bad at drawing." For those already confident in visual language, it invites a more free expression and an opportunity to pull from a deeper source. The form can be a rewarding pivot for those who already work with their hands but don't think they can draw -- carpenters, farmers, chefs, mechanics, massage therapists, etc. Touch Drawing can also be brought into a range of service and healing professions like therapy, social work, health care, education, the intuitive arts, and more. It's been an important part of my own artistic practice and development since I was first introduced to it in the late 1990s. I've since become friends with Deborah, and have the privilege of serving as class assistant during several her annual East Coast weekend retreats.
Learn more here >>> touchdrawing.com
** Just happened --> Sunday February 25, 2018.
** Before that, it was offered in February 2016.
*Pre-requisite: The Artist's Way group.
A special 8-week follow-up to The Artist's Way Group. Here, the focus is on supporting each other to actually put The Artist's Way ideas and philosophy into action now that the course is over. We focus on articulating, writing down, talking about, and following-up on our own and each other's concrete creative goals or projects -- big and small. A stand-out element of Regroup is that everyone is encouraged to take literal and interpretive notes (doodles / diagrams / whatever) as a way of active listening and creatively documenting what we talk about. Meetings also include routines like: 2-minute self portraits, Show & Tell, booking action-steps in our calendars, and more... At the final meeting, everyone receives a personalized portfolio of the hand-made notes, doodles, and drawings that people made for/about them over the 8 weeks. **Only available to Artist’s Way Group alums, by invitation.
**NEXT ONE: TBA. Regroup will be available again in Spring or Summer 2018, with a project-focus.
** Most recent REGROUP happened in Spring-Summer 2017.