Introducing Creative Mindfulness – 7th July
7 July @ 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Introducing Creative Mindfulness
Start date: 7th July for four weeks Mondays 10:15am to noon or 6.45pm to 8.45pm
7th,14th, 21st, 28th July
Venue: Watergate Street Gallery Chester – limited places
What people say about the sessions
“I can’t believe how relaxing this is – I turned up this evening really stressed about work and just lost myself in the art, I feel so much happier now”
“My husband thinks I should do this everyday because it is so calming”
“I have always been put off creating things as I am useless at art but this has opened a whole new world, I love it”
“Liz is such a kind and creative tutor and her experience is really inspiring”
A live class offering a supportive and kind environment for people to immerse themselves in art and craft activities that help focus the mind whilst introducing a range of techniques that can be developed at home. This is offered in 4 weekly modules; the first module is a taster course that shows a variety of creative mindfulness exercises using different artforms. These sessions introduce sketching techniques suitable for people who have never sketched as well as practising artists. We then look at using a sketchbook and how simple creative processes such as mark making, developing a journal and collage and mixing media can help develop mindfulness.
Working as individuals and in a group each session aims to introduce participants to a variety of creative techniques that can be developed to help focus the mind. By combining mindfulness and art even the most distracted participants are able to focus on activities than are relaxing whilst mentally absorbing. This course is the first step of an exciting creative journey that will develop mindfulness whilst realizing how art can become a fantastic tool to support wellbeing. Each week the Tutor will introduce different creative mindfulness exercises that can be practised regularly.
Who are the sessions for?
Anybody. These are suitable for people who have never practised art or artists who are wanting to just take time to zone into a deeper creative state allowing themselves the freedom to let the materials and mind synchronise. Art becomes a process with no expectations and is a tool to mindfulness – we are not concerned with the creative outcome or end result but the enjoyment and fulfilment the creative process provides.
Please note we will respect social distancing guidelines at the time and participants may be requested to wear face masks for the June Programme.
Accessibility: Please note that the venue at Watergate Street Gallery has steps down to the art room.
Elizabeth Macdonald has been practising creative mindfulness for over ten years and shares her personal experience of the benefits this practice has brought to her life. Elizabeth is a full-time practising artist selling work through galleries and art fairs whilst dedicating part of her practice to help support people by running a series of Art for Wellbeing classes. For further information about the course please email firstname.lastname@example.org
These are supplied during each session but participants are encouraged to purchase some basic art materials in order to get the most from the course. Suggested items: 2b and 4b pencil, charcoal, a4 or a5 sketchbook, a couple of small paintbrushes, one fine, drawing or Indian ink, glue stick, scissors, colours of some sort, either pencils/crayons/pastels or felt tip pens.
Further Creative Mindfulness Courses
Having completed the Taster Course students can book onto the ongoing Creative Mindfulness Programme that explores specific art activities in more depth over four weeks. This aims to provide an opportunity for participants to gain a wider knowledge of art materials and techniques available that will support their own independent creative mindfulness and wellbeing. The follow up courses start in September 2021. We will also be offering one day workshops that will run monthly.