(OR ALL MIXED UP AND THAT’S JUST FINE)
A 3-hour Meditative Collage Workshop
WHEN: Monday, 11 July from 2 – 5 pm
WHERE: Main & Station Second Floor, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, B0M 1S0
INSTRUCTOR: Julia Heimer Dadds Beebe
“One of the many gifts of the art is the state of mind we reach as we do it. A stone sculptor friend calls it “art-ing” and the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi call it a “state of flow.” This occurs when we become completely absorbed into a task.”
This workshop allows participants to set aside the worry about “craft” and “talent” that occurs around working “from scratch” by using collage methods—cutting up and creating new compositions from already existing imagery. There is room for drawing, painting and even sculpting, if participants wish to do so. However, the emphasis is unique for this artform with the focus on juxtaposition, accident, combinations, serendipity.
The overall objective of this workshop is to increase the presence of artistic contemplation in the lives of the participants. This, in turn, can encourage new insights, growth, peace, and energy. The facilitator provides the environment, guidance and materials that will encourage participants to reach a state of flow in creating meaningful art objects. Participants learn the value of “centering” and setting intention, of reflection both individually and socially, and of closure and open-ended “conclusions.” The process blends curricular learning theory, psychoanalytic theory, arts-based research approaches and meditation traditions.
30 years of social work, organizational leadership, educational scholarship and teaching inform Julia’s mature creative “madness.” To wit, it is grand to explore—no holds barred—the creative edges but when working with others there is a responsibility to make this process safe and encouraging. There is also a responsibility to have a process that challenges the participant to grow and explore. This growth and exploration is especially full of juicy joy and deep, gentle insights if it affects the participant both individually and socially. Julia’s doctoral study (PhD in Curriculum Studies) focuses on arts-based learning and research working with social, professional and psychological identities.
This is an activity that Julia has done with children and adults of all genders. It is especially fun for people who have done a bit of collaging or other art before. It can be astounding for people who love beauty but never saw themselves as “artists.”
If you will be coming from out of town, please let us know if you need any help or information, such as with directions or accommodations.
FEES AND REGISTRATION
Cost/Participant – $30.00 + tax = $34.50
Price includes materials but participants are also encouraged to bring magazines, coloured papers and other collage materials.
To register, please fill in the form below and send your payment to reserve your place. An email will be sent to confirm your registration and receipt of your payment. You can also register by stopping in at Main & Station, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 514-979-3978.