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.

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2022 Course Descriptions

INTRODUCTION COURSES

ONE BREATH IS THE UNIVERSE”

We live in a universe that is creative by nature, meaning it is constantly changing and creating new things. Where do we fit in? Each human being brings a special one-of-a-kind expression to this changing creative universe. But in the rush of life, we sometimes cut ourselves off from our creative nature. On occasion we may feel that we have lost touch with who we are and where we fit in. Using various prompts students in this course will engage in the art making process using paints, paper, and pencils along with writing and storytelling to create a unique art and writing project as well as the development of their own artist or mission statement.

“THERE IS A SEASON: A CREATIVE LOVING KINDNESS MEDITATION”

I felt as if I lost a year after the pandemic. There were times I felt disoriented. What season was it? Spring or Summer? Did I miss Fall entirely? What happened to Winter? Fortunately, as the pandemic recedes, I find I am in better sync with the seasons. Nature’s seasons provide us with a particular mission. It not only provides us with a marker in time, but also serves as a metaphor for the cycle of our lives. As with the four seasons, we move from dark to light, abundance to loss, struggle to transformation. In this workshop we reflect on the four seasons and create a painting project of our choice using paints, paper, pencils, and pens, inspired by poetry, music, and the changing seasons. Each student will choose the direction they wish, whether they focus on one season that best reflects their personality, or all four seasons that tell a story of their personal life cycle. This workshop reminds us how nature and the seasons restore, heal, and open our hearts.

“MORNING RITUALS”

A favorite class, Morning Rituals, is a reminder that morning is a wonderful time to express our creative selves. One way to tap into our creative nature is through the use of drawing or writing journals. This class incorporates coffee, tea, and wine as painting mediums along with pencils, pens, and paints. The authenticity of the journal comes from the writer or the artist’s willingness to embark upon their journey in search of clarity in an often-chaotic life. Using prompts such as music and poetry, this class is a prefect reprieve from a hectic life as well as for those seeking inspiration for health, wellness, and active meditation.

"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

COURSE MATERIALS NEEDED

  • 140 LB. WATERCOLOR PAPER appx 11x15”
  • #2 DRAWING PENCILS, ERASER
  • WATERCOLOR PAINTS IN A PAN (STUDENT QUALITY AND/OR MISCELLANEOUS WATERCOLOR TUBES OR WATERCOLOR PENCILS
  • WATERCOLOR BRUSHES SIZES CAN BE 4, 6, OR 8 ROUND
  • UTILITY BRUSH FOR PASTE
  • MOD PODGE PASTE SMALL SIZE
  • WATER AND BOWL FOR WATER
  • PAPER TOWELS

"WHO ME?"

It is said we have three faces; the face you show to the world. The second face you show to your close friends and family. The third face, you never show to anyone and is the truest reflection of who you are. In this class we will use the metaphor of the mask to consider all the parts of yourself; the ones we reveal to others and the ones we keep concealed. Each of us has a unique gift, a gift that is yours alone. Using artmaking, we get closer to discovering our true voice. In this class we will using premade masks, collage, and paints to explore our own unique persona or personality and we will explore how other artists have investigated the same subject in their own work.

PRICES

INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOPS ARE THREE HOURS INCLUDING A BREAK INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOPS: $70.00

TWO DAY WORKSHOPS $150.00

FOR GROUP PRICES PLEASE CONTACT JUDY NEMER SKLAR DIRECTLY judy@judynemersklar.com or (760) 902-5467

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TWO, THREE OR FOUR-DAY WORKSHOPS

GROUPS, EVENTS, CONFERENCES
TWO, THREE OR FOUR-DAY WORKSHOPS

For prices and information contact Judy Nemer Sklar
Cell: (760) 902-5467 - Email: judy@judynemersklar.com

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.

“Embracing a Creative Life Workshops for Health and Wellness explores the science of creativity. Research has shown that creative arts therapy can be beneficial to a patient, caregiver, or healthcare provider as well as any individual in a creative or non-creative field. The arts, whether painting or drawing, expressive writing or listening to music provides enhanced self-worth and resiliency to those involved in high stress occupations. These two, three or four-day workshops combine the lessons of various individual classes, incorporating 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.

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