Expressive Painting + Urban Retreats


KaylaHelenske Painting Classes
Seattle Painting Workshop
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Expressive Painting Classes

The process of creating is in and of itself therapeutic. While individuals who participate in these workshops are not considered clients, the process of painting from within can be transformative for many often bringing to light parallel issues from what is coming up for them in their painting and what is happening in their everyday life. Perhaps feeling stuck and afraid to move forward or make mistakes on a canvas speaks volumes to how one experiences life on a day to day basis. This type of painting allows for one to try on new ways of being, explore, play, make mistakes, and take new risks. A beneficial practice for professional artists as well as those who haven't used art supplies since childhood. We will also explore witness writing allowing for a deeper connection to the process.
 

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2017 Urban Retreats: Expressive Painting

Explore expressive painting in an intuitive and process focused way that is healing, playful, and transformative.

Come let go and explore your inner canvas. Filling the studio with our expressive journeys, connecting with our inner canvas and collaborating with each other will transform and help you to reconnect with your creative spirit.

We will spend time painting in silence and listening to music. Building layer upon layer. Scraping and carving away at previous layers. Processing and sifting through inherent metaphors that are brought to light. Be prepared to let go and invite the unexpected to emerge during this rich and restorative workshop.

 

About the Retreat:

We will awaken our inner canvas painting throughout the workshop on a 24x24 canvas as well as create a soulful and intentional collage. The process of painting from within can be transformative for many, often bringing to light parallel issues from what is coming up for them in their painting and what is happening in their everyday life. Perhaps feeling stuck and afraid to move forward or make mistakes on a canvas speaks volumes to how one experiences life on a day-to-day basis. This type of painting allows for one to try on new ways of being, explore, play, make mistakes, and take new risks. A beneficial practice for professional artists as well as those who haven't used art supplies since childhood. We will also be integrating mindfulness through witness writing to create a deeper connection to the process.

All materials will be included. At the end of the retreat you will have created two pieces that are filled with emotional content as well as a new approach to your art making experience. You will also have the opportunity to create an intention setting (motivate, tension release, joyful, balance, etc) essential oil mist and rollerball to take home, bringing the experience along with you.

Some thoughtful words I have recently received about my classes

Kayla's studio is cheerful and welcoming, and she brings so much positive energy to class. I joined her Intuitive/Expressive Painting Series as a total novice; her encouragement to be curious and experiment with an open mind made it such a fantastic experience. Definitely recommended!

 

I so enjoy working with Kayla! I am on my 3rd intuitive painting class and I love the atmosphere and the setting and the freedom and encouragement to step out of my comfort zone in the world of painting.

 

Every time I leave Kayla’s studio I feel lighter on my feet.

 

Kayla is AWESOME! Her studio is well set up, and she's got everything you need to express yourself on canvas. She showed us all sorts of interesting, creative ways to paint - textures, using utensils other than paint brushes, fun rollers that create patterns. She has boundless enthusiasm, encouragement, and expertise, and is a wonderful teacher. Our family did the classes together, and we all had an amazing time. Highly recommended!

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