Online and Offline

Online

My online zoom classes arose out of pandemic emergency but, through emergency, comes emerging…

As an artist, and creative arts facilitator, I am used to the tactile and corporeal in the art class. I love to see the art work in process, make connections, laugh with my students and  drink coffee or wine together. However, as we become more habituated to this virtual world, I have adapted my classes to accommodate the ‘art at home’ social distancing model. Art is such a wonderful vehicle for expression – its language of communication is so fluid and adaptable. Now more than ever, the power of art for collective healing is profound and I feel it as it crosses the airwaves and alights on us in our cocooned spaces. It has also been a miraculous way of keeping us connected as I have students who have emigrated and continue to sit in our shared spaces keeping the creative momentum.

My intention is to continue teaching online as its rewards are palpable to me and as I grow in my studies as a zen coach, I aim to merge my creative classes with online zen coaching. Its an exciting time, full of possibilities for the rethinking and reframing of  ‘new normal’ aspirations. Lets do it with our authentic creative voices.

Watch this space.

offline

I teach you to look and think a bit differently. Im not always sure how it happens, but the work produced is testament to something wonderful that happens in the art space. An alchemy, perhaps.

 

Central to my teaching philosophy is Nietsche’s idea that “art approaches as a saving sorceress, expert at healing”.The ‘healing power of the aesthetic’ is where  the most difficult situations can present the greatest opportunities for transformation.

 

Art is a connective thread: linking our personal internal networks, with the external geographic, cultural and emotional landscapes.

TO 'FIX' THE IMAGE IN MEMORY- NOT FOR ITSELF BUT FOR ITS CLARITY AND BALANCE. ART OFFERS ITS BEAUTIFUL STILLNESS.... A SENSE OF WONDER CONSTRUCTED OVER TIME... SUSTAINED EMOTIONS... - VIJA CELMINS 1980

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