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Illuminate - Creative Art Retreat | Beth Lenco

Illuminate - Creative Art Retreat

Chester Art Centre

Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12 10:00am – 1:00pm

$175 – please register and pay with the Chester Art Centre.

Illuminate Creative Art Retreat

Are you having trouble finding time for your art practice or are in need of some new skills or ideas? Would you like some time to breathe, reflect, journal, and create in an inspirational atmosphere? Would you like to explore art with other creative beings?

Making art for your own pleasure and joy can move stuck energy, loosen creative blocks, build confidence, and honestly change your life. It has mine by consistently showing up for the practice, which I have been doing for the past 25 years. Shifting expectations is key; instead of needing to make a masterpiece and then falling short, we can begin to look at art making as a way to engage with life force. Like a conversation, or dialogue where you show up every day as who you are and you make your mark, what ever that is.

Like the moon art can be constant, moody, changeable, emotional, mysterious and illuminating. In essence, art can be magic.

In this four day retreat class I want to share with you that art can be fun, transformational, joyful, reflective, and even sacred. Each class will be structured for your mind/body/spirit to support creative flow and will proceed as follows:

Awakening the Breath and Body. Focus and centring exercises to ground and ignite your energy and help you get loose and receptive.

Creative Illumination. Two dimensional and writing exercises to generate authenticity of ideas and expression. This is where we explore, share, and give ourselves over to the muses.

Contemplation and Closure. We will end each class with a longer more intimate drawing study for pure joy and pleasure, and finish the day with a small gratitude ritual.

We will be working mostly in drawing mediums and watercolours in sketchbook and journals. Two of the larger projects will be a mini book and a small divination deck so you may want a few sheets nicer watercolour paper. Here’s a short supply list and a long one will be given upon registration. Any level of experience is welcome from absolute beginners to seasoned artists looking for inspiration. I hope you’ll join us.

Short Supply List

Get the best quality you can afford, but absolutely anything will do!

-Mixed palate of watercolours, minimum 12 half pan set or equivalent in tubes. Winsor and Newton is good.
-Variety of synthetic watercolour brushes from large to micro (at least 3 different sizes sm, m, l).
-Plain white porcelain plate for colour mixing.
-Watercolour or mixed media sketchbook Fabriano or Canson at least 7 × 10
-Watercolour paper what ever you can afford. 9 × 12 Fabriano Studio watercolour Hot pressed 25% cotton is a good inexpensive option.
-Glue stick
-Blue reusable masking tape
- Pencil case: (pencils, waterproof black ink pens, eraser, coloured pencils, strait edge, pencil sharpener, scotch tape, washi tape etc…)

A more detailed list of studio supply options can be provided upon registration.