Sunday, 29 September 2019

Feel Good Arty Saturdays


Hi Everyone
This week I would like to introduce you to some creative pathways to your very own happiness!  At Wild at Art we know that making art makes YOU feel good and helps you to build and reinforce your Happy Habits! If you are a practicing art maker you will have already experienced your Happy Hormones being triggered in a few ways as you make and create !

Here’s a short neurobiological guide to your body and your art :

The joy of anticipation! That wonderful “ feel-good hormone ” dopamine surges in anticipation before you actually start your hands on art making, your brain and body know that you are about to experience a reward trigger, this can help you to concentrate and to maintain motivation as you focus on your art making just by signing up to a workshops at WAA you can start to feel good!

At the same time when we actually engage in hands on activities, there are specific parts of the brain that are affected and this is thought to increase  the chemical messenger serotonin that acts as our mood stabilizer.  That in turn helps with the stress hormone, cortisol, which as we already know, is public health enemy number one !

I chatted a few weeks ago about ways that elevated cortisol levels interfere with learning and memory, as well lowering our immune function, it can elevate blood pressure and can lead to heart disease... But guess what ?  Art making can actually reduce our cortisol levels as we engage in self-regulating activities such as doodling, drawing, making mandalas and other  kinds of art making that takes us to what we call a FLOW state !


Last of all our cuddle hormone oxytocin is triggered when we are in a ‘herd’ and trust is formed, so come and join the Wild at Art ‘herd’ and enjoy your oxytocin boost and your endorphin rush as you laugh, chat and make friends in a community and atmosphere of fun and creativity !

So you see there are many reasons to come and enjoy our Feel Good Arty Saturday workshops each month………….they are very very good for your health !  
Why not come and sign up for the marvellous Geli Plate printing workshops with Jules white on the 12th October.

Its a half day workshop and it will give you a fabulous flavour of the play and experimentation inherent in printmaking, the what ifs and "I wonders" of making art ! This workshop is a fun way to make images and if you are an Art Journaler then you can make backgrounds for your journal pages as well. 

As Jules says :
Gelli printing takes mixed media art to the next level. creating your own one-off and unique work. You will be layering colours and including multiple textures. There is not a right or wrong way to create these works, and I will guide you through the process. Let your imagination run wild, and come and explore the fabulous art of Gelli printing.


Saturday 12th October 

10.00-12.30
$400 per person inc all materials
Register now with me on

wildatartweekly@gmail.com

Jules is the Elementary Art Teacher at Carmel International School, she has also taught in Shanghai and Bangkok, her classroom is fabulous and her approach is accessible to everyone no matter what your starting point ! Do come and join us for this Feel Good Saturday ! 

Artfully Yours
from
Katie 




Thursday, 5 September 2019

The Iceberg.........

Hi Everyone
Welcome to Wild at Art news;  This week I'd like to talk a little bit about one of my favourite metaphorical images: the Iceberg.
I use the Iceberg as an image to explain the unconscious mind and its relationship to the conscious mind. Many of us spend much of our waking hours up there in cognitive brain, which represents that small part of the iceberg visible above the surface of the water.
Whereas down under the surface, the most powerful part, the unconscious mind, remains that unseen huge mass below the water: the place of our memories, feelings and thoughts that are just out of conscious awareness. Everything we have seen or smelled, dreamed or worried about, every muscle memory and pre conscious experience is stored in that deep deep filing system!
The exciting part, is that right at the water line of our metaphoric iceberg is where we imagine and dream. We could say that our imagination is rather like a membrane through which processes happening in the unconscious mind come into conscious awareness. Our dreams and our art making practice allow access to those deeper realms. As Art Therapist Sean McNiff says "Depth is on the Surface"!

Imagination is a slightly elusive word isn't it,  perhaps nearly as difficult to define succinctly as the word love. ……it’s our place of possibility, our playground of what ifs…..its how we form new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not yet present to the senses……..its the seat of our creativity.

Next week at the studio we see the launch of two exciting initiatives. Not just one, but TWO Katie’s who bring you some powerful and magical techniques to lead you straight to the seat of your creativity, would you like to safely take some diving lessons and discover ways to access the messages and stories which are just below the surface? Come and reconnect with your own imaginal realm....the place where all is possible and we can bring something previously unseen into reality.
Creative Depth Coach Katie Larson bring us “Vision-Quest: A Conscious Journey”. This is a 4-week  deep-dive into all aspects of the self. We will meet on 4 consecutive Tuesday evenings in September to discover how to create visual maps of our conscious experiences. Katie will help us to devise a translation dictionary so that we can reconnect with our symbolic-world and we will also create a card deck that captures aspects of US! Through art making, we will capture exactly what we have been longing to know….
 
Vision-Quest: A Conscious Journey
Articulating the self through creativity
brought to you by the wise and insightful Katie Larson

6.30 - 9.00pm Starting next Tuesday
3rd  -24th September ( 4 x weeks)
$1,500 for 4 classes inc all materials
Follow your inner artist on a Vision-Quest deep inside yourself. Explore your unconscious and discover the colours, patterns, and symbols buried within. Play with mixed media--paint, pencils, pastels, and collage--and bring visual form to your non-verbal knowings. Create a dictionary to bridge the gap between your verbal and symbolic world. Design a card deck showing the wide spectrum of your persona, and create beautiful 3D models of "The Big Picture" (the universe as you know it) and "The Small Picture" (your whole self as you know it).
The next " Intro to Art Journaling" course starts on Wednesday:
Find your Voice

Introduction to Visual Art Journaling
6.00-8.30pm Wednesdays
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Sept 9th, 16th Oct

Register with me on
wildatartweekly@gmail.com
Exploring personal stories through art making can help us to reframe challenges, develop new perspectives and articulate our inner world. Come and use your art-making to listen inside! Working on personal themes you will be guided to experience mixed media art journaling. It can be the start of a transformational journey as you uncover insights and find ways to let your inner voice show you the way.

" One of the best gifts I ever gave myself was signing up for your art journaling course last year. Highly recommend!!! "  says Ilene Appel Levy
I look forwards to greeting you very soon at the Wild at Art Door!
Artfully Yours
from
Katie 
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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

🌻🌻🌻 Are you ready to Loosen Up ?🌻🌻🌻

Hi Everyone
Welcome to this weeks Wild at Art news. Have you ever heard yourself say these words?  “I can’t even draw a straight line, I wish I could do art, but I was no good at school!” Sound even slightly familiar?

Isn’t it hard to get back to hands on stuff, when we are beguiled by these myriad devices, such as the one I am writing to you on right now! My loved laptop!

But there is a yearning, I hear it all the time, a longing…and this may also seem familiar. People desire to reconnect with hands on artmaking, in all sorts of ways and we are slowly getting past the notion that only certain “gifted”  people can make art !

Of course there are many reasons to create and we are often motivated by different drives, we may desire to represent an object in a sketch, or we may need to draw a diagram to better understand something, other times we just want to doodle and drop into the quiet place of our flow state.
Often just starting with the sheer joy of playing with materials, just like our younger selves did, can lead us right where we need to be ….and can be a direct hotline to the imaginal realm and that’s where the GOLD is!

Interacting with various art media stimulates the primal areas of our brain. We can engage in a purely sensory experience, the process can be rhythmic, tactile, and sensual. Sometimes functioning at this level can allow us access to memories or to exploring our emotions.  So I have chosen to bring the Loosen Up process which provides this  approach, to our weekday artists, since people kept returning on Saturdays to do it again and again!

So what do we do? We get to use all of our senses as artmaking prompts…..we listen, we touch and we close our eyes!  We explore line, colour, texture and layering techniques to see what our intuitive self responds to and is drawn to. We seek out some of your own personal motifs and symbols, and mostly we experience play….experiment and letting go. This is pure sensory pleasure and a wonderful way to learn more about YOU !
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.
!!!!!  Resuming this Wednesday !!!!!
 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 very next Art Journaling course starts in one month :
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
Vision-Quest: A Conscious Journey
Articulating the self through creativity
brought to you by the wise and insightful Katie Larson

6.30 - 9.00pm Tuesdays
3rd  -24th September ( 4 x weeks)
$1,500 for 4 classes inc all materials
 
Follow your inner artist on a Vision-Quest deep inside yourself. Explore your unconscious and discover the colors, patterns, and symbols buried within. Play with mixed media--paint, pencils, pastels, and collage--and bring visual form to your non-verbal knowings. Create a dictionary to bridge the gap between your verbal-world and symbolic world. Design a card deck showing the wide spectrum of your persona, and create beautiful 3D models of "The Big Picture" (the universe as you know it) and "The Small Picture" (your whole self as you know it).
I look forwards to greeting you very soon at the Wild at Art Door!
Artfully Yours
from
Katie 


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 


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 


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 
