NEW PROGRAMS COMING IN SEPTEMBER 2020

Creative Practice Basics

with Karen Isailovic

According to the US National Library of Medicine at NIH, chronic stress has a significant effect on the immune system that ultimately manifests an illness.

In the Creative Practice Basics workshop we discuss the topic of stress and the various repercussions it has on our body - physical, physiological and mental.   This session is a combination of art experientials, mindfulness and discussion to better understand why taking up “creative practice” is as important to your health as heading to sports practice or a trip to the gym!

No prerequisites.

Photographic Explorer

with Anne Kelley Looney

This workshop is facilitated by professional photographer Anne Looney to strengthen your foundation as a storyteller of subtle moments, gain a level of intimacy with your subject and more. 

 

Anne brings a unique lens with her vast experience in the arts from studying at Parsons School of Design, Paris and under Denis Brihat in Lacoste, France, and working at the National Gallery of Art in the Department of Design.

You will increase your knowledge of camera work, still life photography, outdoor photography, and people photography.

Additional dates coming soon.

OPEN STUDIO: Guided Studio Practice in Painting, Drawing or Mixed Media 

Studio Mentor: Karen Isailovic

Studio Mentor:  Karen Isailovic

Open studio sessions are designed to help individuals take advantage of a nurturing and inspirational environment for creative exploration in a coworking community atmosphere.  In order to receive the brain benefits of creative practice, it is important to maintain a regular and consistent studio schedule.

Guided open studio sessions provide accountability and guidance by a studio artist mentor.  ​The role of the artist mentor is to encourage learning and help you to identify and develop ideas and direction; individualized to one's interest, skillset, learning pace, and curiosity.

The Social Brain, The Emotional Brain and Creativity

with Duane Lutsko

Join artist and MICA art instructor Duane Lutsko as we will look at the social brain to better understand how psychology, neuroscience, and creativity intersect. We will delve into the research of Daniel Kahnerman, Carol Dweck, Jeremy Rifkin, Paul Ekman, and Daniel Pink to unpack the significant role creativity plays in wellness and whole brain development.
 
Goals and benefits:
• understand creativity as a wellness practice
• embrace a growth mindset
• challenge cultural and personal assumptions
• understand ambiguity as the meaning making capacity of art
• promote mindful reflection
 
In the spirit of dialogue and inquiry, we hope to generate more questions than answers and to challenge some of the cultural, and personal, assumptions we hold.

Foundations of Painting: Mud Heads

with Duane Lutsko

Exploring the Skill Sets of Practice for Personal Growth

Artist and MICA art instructor Duane Lutsko will host a series of workshops that investigate a series of topical concerns and approaches to painting. Studio sessions and demonstrations will focus on issues specific to oil painting, however, all media are welcome. These sequential sessions will be tailored to individual need and are designed for all levels of experience.
 
Goals and Benefits:
   •  Explore the liberating practice of Charles Hawthorne’s tonal mud heads.
   •  Develop the one-off painting, a quickly rendered, process of discovery.
   •  Recognize the influence of gestalt and the power of the suggestive image.
   •  Embed spontaneity and sustain the original inspiration of your work.


Enjoy an intellectual, studio experience of creative endeavor and explore personal growth. 

 

No experience necessary. Ages 14 and up.

Students must provide their own materials

The Practice of Mindful Drawing

with Duane Lutsko

Artist and MICA art instructor Duane Lutsko will host a series of workshops that explore the methods, materials, and concepts of drawing that promote an awareness of perception and reflective practices. These sequential sessions will be tailored to individual need and are designed for all levels of experience.
 
Goals and Benefits:
·      Instill attentive drawing practices
·      Internalize a practical dialogue
·      Clarify seeing verses knowing
·      Exercise individualization
·      Unleash the restated line
·      Develop shape consciousness
·      Investigate the 4 rules of shape as attainable goals
·      Discover your artistic handwriting
·      Sighting and the measure of things
·      Mapping light
·      Understand perspective and depth
·      Design for composition
 
Discover drawing as the practice of basics needed to gain confidence and explore the creative process.  

No experience necessary. Ages 14 and up.

Introductory Improv for Military Veterans

with Michael Harris

$Free

 

Six sessions of 2 hours each + one final performance showcase

 

Not Funny? Not Confident? Not a problem!


Whether you have always wanted to step onstage and make an audience laugh, or the thought of speaking in public terrifies you; this class is for you. In this class we will use the foundational techniques of Improvisational Theater: Listen, Agree, Add & Immediacy to create characters and scenes.

You will learn how to use improv to focus on using communication, collaboration, trust and acceptance as the central tools to generate creativity. We will primarily utilize short form improv games (Think: "Who's Line is it Anyway?") as we build up to a final showcase for invited friends and family. So, whether you want to make an audience laugh, meet fun new people, or get over anxiety about public speaking and communicating; this class is made for you.

Program partnership between Vet Arts Connect & Root Studio.

Foundations of Painting: Composition & Structure

with Duane Lutsko

Exploring the Skill Sets of Practice for Personal Growth

Artist and MICA art instructor Duane Lutsko will host a series of workshops that investigate a series of topical concerns and approaches to painting. Studio sessions and demonstrations will focus on issues specific to oil painting, however, all media are welcome. These sequential sessions will be tailored to individual need and are designed for all levels of experience.
 
Goals and Benefits:
   •  Analyze the strengths and pitfalls of composition.
   •  Explore the armature of directional movement and harmony.
   •  Learn structure and the building blocks of dynamic tension.
   •  Discover the inherent make-up of your artistic handwriting.


Enjoy an intellectual, studio experience of creative endeavor and explore personal growth. 

 

No experience necessary. Ages 14 and up.

Students must provide their own materials.

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