Creative Being is a mixed media workshop where the emphasis is on liberating the creative spirit to find expression through the intuitive process of mark making.
Creative Being came out of an understanding that it is a challenge to find the time and energy to be creative within the rhythm of work and family life. Over the course of time an adult life is all too often stifled by responsibility and routine, and our intrinsic expression of creativity is buried deep within. During a Creative Being Workshop we become a community of kindred spirits seeking to rekindle the innate creativity I believe we are all blessed with.
The Studio is the cauldron in which you freely explore the imagination while playing with a variety of art materials and processes. Play and the freedom to let go can transcend limiting beliefs that might hinder your creative expression. Remaining present to the unknown while intuiting what’s next is the dance of the heart, the mind and the hand. The possibility of a deeper understanding of ourselves through the immersion of mark making is what Creative Being is all about.
I guide a process of trust; trusting your hands and the marks they make. My intention is to foster a freedom of curiosity and enquiry as to what might be possible if the emphasis is to allow your intuition and the process to be the guide. If we stay present to what is happening on the surface while developing a rich layering of mark, pattern, colour and form we remember, reclaim and release the creative being within.
We begin the day with an exploration of different marks made with unexpected instruments not usually associated with making art. This allows for a playful engagement to develop. Throughout the day we intersperse various mediums on several large sheets of paper.
The layers, the textures, the colours and the subsequent images emerge and then become the material with which to work the following day. The process of cutting, tearing, glueing, re-marking, re-forming invites another level of creativity that is often surprising and informative.
The creative process itself is embedded with a therapeutic element as throughout the weekend you are invited to reflect, use your imagination and play. Allowing yourself to trust in this process can bring you closer to listening to your intuition as you go with the flow. This then opens an inner dialogue, a creative courage, a creative capacity that you may have not been aware of previously but had a sneaky feeling was just waiting to be woken up! During the weekend you are able to share and explore what you discover through writing in the journal provided if you so wish.
You would go home with pieces of art work that you could have mounted and framed into various sizes to enjoy and celebrate your own unique creative freedom and expression.
We do have self-catering cabins as accommodation should you wish to stay during the weekend. Please contact us for further booking information and prices.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
All art materials included with tea, coffee, refreshments. Please bring your own lunch.
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Dolly holds such a rich and potent space, yet in such a gentle and understated way. During the workshop I found deeper feelings, desires and patterns I have in life becoming obvious to me and what my being needs to do to satisfy or change them. I found it really interesting that I had no 'plan' to find out these things, I just went with Dolly's guidance which was clear and yet invited so much freedom, I was just having fun, exploring and enjoying myself....and then there it was!
As a novice to paint and making marks on paper I am delighted to discover that I can do this and find depth in my work that I could not have conceived outside of this process.
Pure, unadulterated joy! Perfect amount of facilitation and guidance. Great range of tools and techniques to learn. Good pace of one activity to the other. Great location, good music, delicious lunches beautifully presented.