The Process of Being Present: Creating a Practice of Daily Expression


Contemporary Creative Exercises for Organic Artistic Practice

~ A WORKSHOP with Erin Cross** ~

Erin Cross received her MFA in Visual Studies with a focus in multi-media studies. Her work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally and resides in numerous private and public collections. She is currently an assistant professor of art at Doane University. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA .

WHEN:  Monday 6 August, 2018 from 10 am – 4 pm

WHERE:   The Nonesuch Centre, 171 Queen Street, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, B0M 1S0, and around town.

WHAT:  This workshop is about creating art through the means of personal reflection, visual storytelling and through the direct immersion of the current landscape’s environment. Participants will gain an understanding of contemporary art making approaches that may seem more inviting than the traditional methods behind drawing and painting.


Part 1 -Learning and Practice / 10am-1pm

           Break for Lunch* / 1pm -2pm        

Part 2 -Cultivation and Sharing / 2pm -4pm

* Please notify us ahead of time of any allergies or food restrictions.

IMG_7501“Although a strong foundational understanding of concentrated traditional study is essential, I believe that encouragement and investigation through trial and error in cross media is vital to producing an individual who is capable of reaching artistic conclusions that have a contemporary and conceptual potential. It is not enough to teach an understanding of concept, but to incorporate the contextual aspect as well.”


To practice engaging and developing stronger connections within our present landscape(s) through various creative exercises and practices.

To experiment using non-traditional methods like collecting, sound recording, writing and verbal storytelling.

Although traditional observational drawing/painting is an essential tool for every artist, participants will explore methods of bridging daily art making and non traditional methods together.

Participants will not stress the outcome of creating a final “product” but rather produce development bridges that encourage strong daily organic artistic practice.



Participants should bring a sketchbook/journal, writing/drawing tool, and whatever they usually use in their artmaking practices

Instructor will have some artmaking tools available for participant use.

Please wear suitable shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather. Part of the workshop’s engagement will be walking around town.

Also, part of the workshop will involve the immediate documentation of space/place. The use of the camera phone, insta-matics/polaroid cameras (etc) will be encouraged.



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.


Cost  / Participant:  $50 + hst = $57.50, lunch included.

Space is limited to 10 participants.

To register send an email to [email protected], or call 514-979-3978, or stop in and see us at Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro.  An email will be sent to confirm your registration.  If you do not receive confirmation within 5 days, please contact us.


If you wish to pay by credit card, let us know when you register and we will email you a PayPal invoice.

Pay the easy way with an Interac e-Transfer: simply go to your online bank and send a transfer to [email protected]

If you wish to pay by cheque or cash, stop in and see us at 168 Main Street in Parrsboro or mail it to Main & Station,  PO Box 507, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia B0M 1S0


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