Tuesday, 9 July 2019

🌻🌻🌻Wild at Art Studio News! July 9th 🌻🌻🌻

Hi Everyone
Welcome to this weeks Wild at Art news. Earlier today I saw this headline on a facebook post and since I am a great advocate of the ways in which art making can positively impact our daily health and wellbeing, I felt prompted to expand further.
 
“Stress-related hormone Cortisol: lowers significantly after just 45 minutes of art creation”
 
In my work, I  meet all sorts of people who share stories of the stress levels and the anxiety that can be inherent in various workplace environments, it’s become increasingly apparent that both of these affect more people than ever before. Hong Kong is a place with an exceptionally demanding work ethic, it’s a fast paced / long hours work environment, and workplace stress is not uncommon.  This probably sounds familiar to you already ! Excessive stress can lead to a myriad of adverse effects, both physical and psychological; such as sleeplessness, increased heart rates, panic attacks, endless negative self-talk and self judgement as people strive to live up to expectations and may find themselves in extremely competitive settings.
I am however greatly encouraged by the rise of mindfulness and yoga in Hong Kong and the many new ways that people seek out wellness solutions for themselves. This is a great testament to the groundswell of change, people are realising that they can play a part in personal self-care on a daily basis.
Wise Ancients have always known this, and now current research reveals the ways that art making can offer us so many healing pathways, Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, assistant professor at Drexel University states that employee burnout is a significant problem across all industries. She goes on to state that the act of making art—including doodling—stimulates the senses and engages different areas of the brain and can in fact reduce stress.
“Giving employees the opportunity to safely and creatively express themselves has tremendous physiological and psychological benefits ”.
Her recent study included 39 adults, from 18 to 59 years old, who were invited to participate in 45 minutes of art making, cortisol levels were taken before and after.  The researchers found that 75 percent of the participants’ cortisol levels lowered during their 45 minutes of making art.
With that in mind, Kaimal has gone on to suggest that employers could help their workers by keeping a small activity nearby that can be used throughout the day, such as knitting, woodworking, or having a small notebook on hand for doodling, this can improve concentration and relieve stress.
Imagine that !
All of the workshops I have created over the years focus on ways that art making can offer pathways to emotional health, well-being and creative self-care. Many offer opportunities for the kind of mindful art practices that do lead towards stress reduction and self regulation which in turn can lead to reduced anxiety. For example :  
Resuming in August at the Wild at Art Studio
Lunchtime Destress Doodling 
12.30-2.00pm Wednesdays
$150 per session
Do you sometimes feel it’s all just too much?
WhatsApp me for the door code
and come on in! 
Our summer workshops and new courses can be found here : 
http://wildatartstudio.blogspot.com/p/wild-at-art-studio-offerings.html

Our next Monthly Mandala Meet Up
 " Celebrating Summer "
will be on
Thursday 6.30-9.00pm
 July 11th
Find your Voice
Introduction to Visual Art Journaling
6.00-8.30pm Wednesdays

NEW GROUP
4th September- 16th October ( 6 x weeks)

Register with me on
wildatartweekly@gmail.com
Loosen Up Painting 
Mornings
Wednesday 31st July-  Aug-21st
9.30-12.00am
Be bold! Be Brave!
$1,500 for 4 x classes incuding all materials
Come and find your own inner artistic voice by exploring line, colour, texture and layering techniques to create intuitive paintings which will change and evolve over time ! You will be encouraged to be bold and fearless, to experiment with colours, to explore your mark making vocabulary, to find out how take creative risks and decisions, while allowing a process to unfold. Yes, come and trust the process, let whatever it is GO!! and follow your intuition.
I look forwards to greeting you very soon at the Wild at Art Door!
Artfully Yours
from
Katie 
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Monday, 24 June 2019

🌻🌻🌻Wild at Art Studio News June 24th ! 🌻🌻🌻

Hi Everyone
I have recently been reminded that when people hear the two words Art Therapy, they often think of colouring books, crayons and children!  Since I am often asked about this, I thought I would unpack a little of what Art Therapy is and can be over the next couple of weeks.
 
One of my wise teachers, Cathy Malchiodi reminds us that Art as Medicine is an age old practice, humans have used the arts for thousands of years as a way to communicate not only experiences of celebration and beauty, but also those of struggle, crisis and trauma. As many of you know, in the right setting, we can use hands on art making to manage stress, build resilience, find growth solutions, develop coping skills and to strengthen a sense of self. This is very pertinent in a high-pressure environment like Hong Kong.

We know that people benefit from seeking support from various types of helping professions at different times in their lives. Many of us are used to being the experts of our own problems and generally access this knowledge via our cognitive brain. Expressive art-making can provide a conduit to thoughts, self limiting beliefs and feelings that are buried very deeply and help people to access and work with those in new ways.
Nowadays Art Therapy is a fully recognised mental health profession requiring specialised graduate level training. It can now be found widely in Hong Kong, in a number of clinical, private and educational settings, Art Therapists need to be fully accredited and affiliated with the Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists who offer a very clear summary of what Art Therapy is and what it can be : What is Art Therapy ?
At Wild at Art Studio my group workshops are designed with a focus on emotional health, well-being and creative self-care.  Some workshops facilitate decompression and mindfulness through art, others help people explore stories and events through art making which can help to reframe challenges, to develop new perspectives and to help people access sensitive topics in a safe moderated situation.

So colouring books might offer an opportunity for a therapeutic moment of quiet in a stressful week and this can be the first step to recognizing the benefits of how it feels to enter a flow state, this is your jumping off place to dive a little deeper in finding ways to make and create your own art.

I leave you with a beautiful and powerful film that says of all of this so very well: Can Art be Medicine ?
Our summer workshops and new courses can be found here : 
http://wildatartstudio.blogspot.com/p/wild-at-art-studio-offerings.html
Register with me on
wildatartweekly@gmail.com
Our next Monthly Mandala Meet Up
 " Celebrating Summer with a Floral Tribute! "
will be on
Thursday 6.30-9.00pm
 July 11th
I look forwards to greeting you very soon at the Wild at Art Door!
Artfully Yours
from
Katie 
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Friday, 21 June 2019

🌻🌻🌻Wild at Art Studio News! 🌻🌻🌻

Hi Everyone

As a practising artist, art teacher and art therapist, this is what I know:

"Within all of us is a silent language that reveals the truth of our thoughts, feelings and emotions far more fluently than words". These words coined by the Art Journalers Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox lead us beautifully into the world of Art Journaling which has been a very big part of my own life and artistic practice.

An Art Journal can be a wonderful place to build, grow and experiment with that silent language! A place to use art materials with which to play and articulate thoughts as well as daily experiences, without words and without taking the shape of a conventional diary. Your journal can play a key role in enabling thoughts and feelings to be processed, setting up an arena for self dialogue and chatter.  It can grow into a place to source new ideas, grow inspirations, and play with the dreams that flow in and out of our conscious or even sub conscious mind.
My Art Journals take so many forms and contain so many threads, they are keepers of memories, of dreams, ideas and schemes. A collection of experiments, try outs, plans and musings.....I use Art Journalling as reflection, and a way to process my life and my day. They can be a way to treasure and savour some of the seemingly mundane moments in a day, which are actually often the most sacred. They can be a place to scribble, stamp and shout! 
These pages have been created by Art Journalers in our current "Find your Voice Course". In our journals we have explored identity, developed a gratitude practice and devised ways to treasure some of the very small moments of each day, and invent ways to express those; we also have created secret ways to write our inner thoughts and used a variety of techniques to play with text, while using paint, stencils and collage techniques.

In case you feel excited enough to leap in....the next 'Find Your Voice' 6 week course starts on 4th September, so why not come along and Find Your Voice!
Find your Voice
Intro to Visual Art Journaling
6.00-8.30pm Wednesdays
8th May-19th June ( 6 x weeks)
NEW GROUP
4th September- 16th October ( 6 x weeks)

Register with me on
wildatartweekly@gmail.com
Our summer workshops and new courses can be found here : 
http://wildatartstudio.blogspot.com/p/wild-at-art-studio-offerings.html

Our next Monthly Mandala Meet Up
 " Celebrating Summer "
will be on
Thursday 6.30-9.00pm
 July 11th
Loosen Up Painting 
Lunchtime Destress Doodling 
12.30-2.00pm Wednesdays
$150 per session
Do you sometimes feel it’s all just too much?
whats app me for the doorcode
and come on in! 
I look forwards to greeting you very soon at the Wild at Art Door!
Artfully Yours
from
Katie 
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Monday, 22 April 2019

Welcome to the Wild at Art Studio, come on in!

Wild at Art Studio
is now open in Central !

Take a look at who we are and what we have been doing at our 
“Circles of Community”
painting nights in April
A Blank Canvas!
 Busy Happy Artists!


and at last TA DA!


This artwork is being created by the Wild at Arties and the village of wonderful support people I have met along the way and new friends who are waiting to put a toe in their creative waters!


You Wild at Arties already know that art making can be a powerful presence in your life. I have witnessed you connect with yourself, as well as your own creative process and of course each other along the way. I have watched you in your creative throes of joy and risk taking, your evenings and whole days of relaxation ! You have accessed your own wisdom through art journaling, discovering insights as you explore your own stories, healing some bumpy parts and turning new corners. I have seen you all articulating ideas and purpose as your art making helps you to express and envision your life.
It’s my complete pleasure to be part of your journey……
The Wild at Art Studio is a Creative Sanctuary in the City 

Wild at Art Studio 
1st Floor
2-4 Elgin Street ( Lower End) by Hollywood Road
Central, HK
Wild at Art Studio offers :
Group Workshops
Private Art Therapy Sessions
Team Building with Art
Social Arting Events for groups and teams.

Celebrate, consolidate or thank your team.
Mark the milestones with artmaking or commemorative art.
Self Care for your group, team or friends.

The Wild at Art Studio space is also available for purposes that also share the ethos of connection, insight, healing, passion and purpose. Please email me for details.
( I will still be holding Retreat Weekends and Saturdays on Lamma at Studio29. ) But for now, I look forwards to seeing you all in April for some Circle Painting.

Artfully Yours
from

Katie xxx

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Newsflash! Launch of new Wild at Art Studio in Central!

Wild at Art Studio
is now open in Central !

Please join me for:
“Circles of Community”
painting nights in April
FREE of charge
Thursday 4th, 11th, 18th 
6.00-8.30pm

Make art and have a glass of wine
Find out more about workshops in the WAA studio.

Yes, I have taken a large step across the water and found a very special space!
23 years ago, I lived at number 34 Elgin Street, in a wonderful walk up apartment and not a bar in sight ! And now, here I am, right at the other end of this quirky street in a bright airy spot, ready and waiting for art makers!

I would like to thank you for supporting all of the Wild at Art Initiatives over the last 8 years, from Saturday workshops on Lamma, to our many glorious weekend retreats and 3 whole years of Mandala Meetups, as well as art workshops in the US, Hawaii and the UK ! I also invite the village of wonderful support people I have met along the way and new friends who are waiting to put a toe in their creative waters!
You Wild at Arties already know that art making can be a powerful presence in your life. I have witnessed you connect with yourself, as well as your own creative process and of course each other along the way. I have watched you in your creative throes of joy and risk taking, your evenings and whole days of relaxation ! You have accessed your own wisdom through art journaling, discovering insights as you explore your own stories, healing some bumpy parts and turning new corners. I have seen you all articulating ideas and purpose as your art making helps you to express and envision your life.
It’s my complete pleasure to be part of your journey……
Creative Sanctuary in the City 

Wild at Art Studio 
1st Floor
2-4 Elgin Street ( Lower End) by Hollywood Road
Central, HK
Wild at Art Studio will offer :
Workshops
Private Sessions
Group circles
Team Building
Social Events

The Wild at Art Studio space is also available for purposes that also share the ethos of connection, insight, healing, passion and purpose. Please email me for details.

( I will still be holding Retreat Weekends and Saturdays on Lamma at Studio29. ) But for now, I look forwards to seeing you all in April for some Circle Painting.

Artfully Yours
from

Katie xxx


Thursday, 24 January 2019

Art making for Insight, Wellness and growth

Artistic creativity is primarily a force of health and well-being. Connecting with your own creative energy through artmaking is a gentle yet powerful way to practice self-care.

Art making in Wild at Art workshops can help you to create your own quiet inner space, access deeper stories, foster self-expression, create coping skills, manage stress, find growth solutions and to strengthen your sense of self.
Wild at Art is unique in Hong Kong !

Our workshops offer creative community, a rich weave of expressive experiences, insight, openness and fun !


You have always been able to make art, but you may have pressed pause on that process for a good many years and so feel rather like a beginner. It's OK that's where we come in !

Whether you feel like an evening class, a whole day workshop, a creative wellness weekend retreat or a workshop in your place of work, we can create workshops for all sorts of groups.

Come and join a 2019 Wild at Art workshop !



Sign up now, for these gorgeous offerings....
on

wildatartweekly@gmail.com

Monthly Mandala Meet ups

Thursdays 6.00 - 8.30pm

February 14th, March 21st, May 2nd

Alive Wellness, Yu Yuet Lai Building, Wyndham St, Central
wildatartweekly@gmail.com
Diving Deeper : Loosen Up Painting Day
Saturdays 9.00-5.00pm
January 26th, March 16th
Studio29, Pak Kok New Village, Lamma Island
wildatartweekly@gmail.com

Mums and Daughters Art workshop days
NEW:Dads and Daughters Art workshop day
Saturday 9.00-4.00pm
May 11th Mothers Day Special !
Aberdeen Boat Club, Harbour Room
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brought to you by 

Katie Flowers with the amazing
Yoga & Yoga Therapy with Charlotte Douglas

The Healing Power of 

Art and Yoga
Saturday 9-5
March 9th, May 25th
Gecko Yoga Studio
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Create your own Personal Shrine 
A whole weekend about YOU ! 
April 27th -29th
Come and Connect, Create and Cultivate with a gorgeous group of Phenomenal Women just like you !
Imagine walking into a calming, creative setting and being welcomed with open arms like we’ve known you forever. That’s what it’s like when you attend a Wild at Art Retreat. You become part of our family. You’ll form friendships and bonds that last a lifetime. You’ll be     gently nudged outside of your creative comfort zone. You’ll make incredible art and impress yourself. You’ll be taken care of and treated like creative royalty.

We will provide pathways to positivity, transformation and well-being through a variety of art making prompts and techniques to create a mirror of your essential nature, an image that can reveal the inner self and can be a guide into the soul.

We will provide a whole 2 ½ days of learning, laughing, growing, practicing vulnerability, and stretching our courage muscles.
Our sharing will focus on the parts of your inner life that may need a little e more love, comfort, and nourishment.
You will be encouraged to explore all parts of yourself from the highest to the "most low" in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.



Your fabulous weekend includes:
2 nights accommodation
All meals, drinks and treats
Making Art in Nature Walk 
All Art Materials

( We accommodate small groups, to make sure that we can provide individual attention and teaching.) 

Secure your place on this all inclusive weekend
$5,000 
Lamma Residents may apply for local price.

RegisteNO!

contact me
Katie Flowers
wildatartweekly@gmail.com
for currency conversions and payment options.