EMBRACING A CREATIVE LIFE WORKSHOPS are inspiring and motivational experiences where participants can explore their creativity using art methods and materials, creative writing, memoir, storytelling, music, meditation and mindfulness.  Supportive, playful and surprising, these workshops are taught from the point of view that people are by nature creative and that given the right tools, anyone can tap into their creative voice.

EMBRACING A CREATIVE LIFE WORKSHOPS encourage individuals from all ages to attend and can be particularly useful for business leaders from all professions seeking creative thinking and innovation in the workplace and for those who have creative blocks or suffer from highly stressful careers.  No artistic experience is necessary; in fact, the only requirement to attend is the desire to explore one’s creative spirit.  We are all born to be curious and creative, the real question is how to keep those qualities alive and flourishing in adulthood.

Classes focus on various topics and build one on another.  They take place in various locations, with introduction classes running from approximately three hours to more extensive classes that are two, three or four-day workshops.

It may be a few colorful marks made on a white canvas, a poem one creates on a Sunday afternoon or the first dance class one takes at age fifty-five; the creative process can bring clarity in times of change.  Indeed, it may make the pursuit of one’s path more rewarding and pleasurable and the discovery of one’s destination even sweeter.

"Surprise" Collage on Paper, 22" X 30" 2018
"Surprise" Collage on Paper, 22" X 30" 2018

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.     

Maya Angelou

 

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

E. E. Cummings

WORKSHOPS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

FINDING YOUR SELF THROUGH NATURE

This class explores the relationship between nature and art and reminds us how nature can restore, heal and open our hearts to our self. This is a fun and whimsical class focusing on the portrait and the various elements in nature. We will loosen up with drawing exercises and then using watercolors and watercolor pencils, we will explore our “self”. Discover why great artists from the past ...

FINDING JOY IN THE SIMPLE FLOWER

Van Gogh had the ability to bring simple flowers to life and Monet’s use of shadow, light and water showcased his lilies in this garden in France. The beauty of the simple flower is a reminder that we are part of things bigger than ourselves. We’ll use poetry and paints, pencils and brushes and the inspiration from artists past and present to create a project based on the flower. ...

INSPIRATION JOURNAL

One way to tap into our creative nature is through the use of a drawing or writing journal. Writing or drawing in a diary or journal can be a safe place to express ones hopes and dreams. In this class students will be introduced to artists, writers and innovators throughout history who have used journal writing as a catalyst in their professional development. Participants will use poetry, music, texts ...

MORNING RITUALS

Building upon “The Journal and the Journey”, participants in “Morning Rituals” will discover the secrets to unleashing one’s inner creativity.  Creativity is more than a talent, it is a state mind, an attitude and a spirit that one brings to any task. Certainly, we can’t wake up in the morning and force inspiration, but we can create a sacred space to express our creative self. Taking time for morning rituals ...

WHO ME?

 It’s time to explore YOU!  Henry David Thoreau said “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you imagined”.  A first step in taking one’s dreams seriously is by acknowledging them.  It is never too late to dream and master new challenges.  In fact, being open to new challenges and to the mysteries of life are hallmarks of the imaginative mind.  Reignite the creative spark ...

TWO, THREE OR FOUR-DAY WORKSHOPS

GROUPS, EVENTS, CONFERENCES and DEDICATED SESSIONS
TWO, THREE OR FOUR-DAY WORKSHOPS

“COLLAGE TO CANVAS”

Finding meaning in one’s life is both sacred and illusive.  While there is no one answer on how to do that, I often suggest we look to the artist as a creative, life-expanding model.  While artists share the same struggles that we all share, the very nature of the creative process requires the artist to stay open to life’s surprises and see the world with curiosity and wonder.

Consider the science of the creative brain.  Science tells us that creative activities are literally therapy for the mind. A creative outlet improves mental clarity, relieves stress, increases brain function, improves mood and plays a huge role in long-term wellness.  In addition, there are traits that artists seem to embrace naturally that have been proven to be beneficial in living a purposeful life.  Artists seek meaning and connection with their work and with others, they are risk takers, known to push boundaries and step out of their comfort zone. Artists, knowing ideas alone are not enough to bring their projects to fruition often practice mindfulness, seeking clarity, without a noisy mind.  Most of all artists seek that sacred moment when they feel they are the tool of something or someone greater than themselves.  Called being in the zone, artists honor those sacred moments when they are fortunate to experience them.

“Embracing a Creative Life: Collage to Canvas” explores the science of creativity and uses a variety of art-making techniques along with the freedom to mix materials and methods to produce a personal project.  These two, three or four-day workshops combine the lessons of the three introduction classes, using art, music, poetry, storytelling, artifacts, meditation and mindfulness to become inspired. The classes can assist in rekindling the creative spark of blocked artists and writers and are stress busters and team builders for business leaders, medical professionals, and other high stress individuals.

Return to your creative self, become inspired, tap into the joys of the art-making process and most of all have fun! Create for no purpose other than for yourself, be open to mystery, daydream and discover the intellectual and emotional forces that fuel creativity.

For prices and information on multi-day or dedicated classes please contact Judy Nemer Sklar at:
Cell: (760) 902-5467 or Email: judy@judynemersklar.com

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