Creative Discoveries Crash Course
with Karen Elaine
All levels welcome; all materials included!
1. Kumomi: Discover the Creative Spirit
Brilliant colors interacting with each other is the core of the Kumomi practice followed by mindful drawing. This fun process as an effective way to calm the mind and enhance creativity. The goal is to be present in the moment, let go of expectations and enjoy the creative process. In this 3-hour session you will experience joyful color mixing and paint on several surfaces with brilliant acrylic ink, and draw using a variety of pens.
2. Notan: The Art of Composition
Notan is an ancient Japanese art of composing. Notan literally means light-dark balance and is ideal for creating a foundation in every composition. In this 3-hour session you will create several dramatic studies in black and white using Sumi-e painting materials. You will learn a variety of Notan techniques to become more attuned to composing with light and dark values. This fun and creative class is perfect for beginning and practicing artists who want to create stronger compositions.
3. Wabi Sabi: Creating Imperfect Layers
Explore an exhilarating and fun painting process set to music that will awaken your creative spirit. Have fun with brilliant acrylic colors and unleash your creative potential. You will create hidden layers, delicious textures and patterns with unique painting and mark making tools. In this 3-hour session you will work on two rigid art panels to begin a unique expression of color and creativity.
4. Kokoro: The Spirit of Details
Kokoro is a the unity of the spirit, soul and creative mind. In this final session you will merge the techniques you’ve learned to bring out details in your paintings by adding or removing design elements. You will work on the two panels from the previous week and will use a variety of mark making tools and mediums. You will be encouraged to utilize your intuition to create a unique and colorful expression of creativity and you will know and feel when the work is finished.