Saturday, 29 February 2020

Communities of Connection

Hi Everyone
So often on these pages I am talking to you about the benefits of art-making and how it helps us to heal, destress and to gain isights.  Since the outbreak of the Corona virus in Hong Kong, the number of people attending workshops at the Wild at Art Studio has increased as people are struggling with isolation at home, as schools and government offices remain closed and despite people being urged to work from home and avoid public transport.

Many mums and dads are finding it incredibly challenging to be at home whilst doing their own job AND supervising the home learning of their children of various ages ( while all parties use the wifi and internet at the same time).  

Teachers are up to their ears in devising new strategies with which to deliver complex curriculum topics through all sorts of new technological pathways. Teachers are gregarious people, no one likes being stuck at home !!

So this last two weeks, people have been attending art classes and sharing their stories and challenges as we all recalibrate to this situation and cope with the uncertainties and drama's of each day.
Destress Doodle attendance numbers have increased and people are actually thrilled to go home with a hands on project which they can continue and share in our Doodle Whats App group. This has become a mini platform for support and a stress outlet for all.
Journaling numbers have also increased and we have shifted times to accomodate the new found schedules that people have, they usually arrive very relieved to be receiving a hug,  human contact and the gift of time for self care. 
Saturday workshops have all been full as people are giving themselves the gift of a "time out" from the family or their small home or technological world. I hear relived chatter as people allow themselves to reconnect to the community here at the studio and also as they reconnect to themselves through their art making. Sometimes there is chit chat but often complete silence as people settle into their flow state with palpable relief and calm. 
So as we transition into March, the weather gets warmer and people settle back into another week of home learning, mask wearing and strange runs on shopping items. We will continue to make art and carry on, to reach out and to connect, to comfort and encourage to each other and wash our hands!  Come and join us for:
Lunchtime Destress Doodling
12.30-2.00pm Wednesdays
$150 per session
                            
Joyous Journaling Play
Mondays 6.00-8.30pm
All Mondays in March and April 
$400
Come and play with colour, paint and texture to make papers and pages for your journal!  Journaling is about a blend of PLAY and something to SAY. By experimenting and creating yourself a range of journal papers you will find out more about you as you use printmaking, and other mark making to start your 2020 journaling year!  
                              
Heartfelt Vintage Photo Collages
Calling all Art Journalers and Collage Fans !
We welcome a new Wild at Art Superstar teacher
Kit Lang 

Saturday March 14th
10.00-5.00pm
$1,400
Just what you have all been waiting for ......this workshop is all about magic and gifts us with techniques to preserve the images of our dear loved ones as well as our icons and heroes in our art work forever! Kit will be teaching us ways to enhance our artworks with cool atmospheric images, bringing a truly personalised touch to your work. This is perfect for all kinds of art makers, beginners, art journalers and seasoned creatives alike ! From cards and stationery, to journaling and art making, transfer techniques are simple, fun, and can be learnt and used by anyone - no artistic experience required!
Equinox Mandalas

Thursday March 19th

6.00-8.30pm
$400
Do you feel the need for a little work life balance ?

Come along to this months marvellous offering, seasonally reflecting the Spring Equinox and lets explore balance. The Equinox is a sacred time of equal day and night in the northern hemisphere. By experiencing this, we are reminded about the power of seeking both balance and oneness in our own lives. Whether you are a seasoned Monthly Mandala maker or a beginner, please join our lovely community of creators.
See you here at the studio! 
Welcome to your own creative self!

πŸ’œCome on in........πŸ’œ
from
🌻🌻🌻Katie🌻🌻🌻










Monday, 10 February 2020

🌻🌻🌻 Keep Calm and Carry On 🌻🌻🌻

No matter where you are in the world, you will have heard the news of the Coronavirus outbreak which began in China and which is now filtering into other destinations as we speak. I am now living in a city, which has closed all schools, government offices, banks, borders and is urging us all to work from home if we can. Consequently Social Media is overflowing with chats about whether to stay here or leave, whether to wear a mask or not and whether what we read is even true. Anxiety is around every corner.
On Saturday I read a blogpost by Dr David Owens, long-term doctor here in Hong Kong and founder of our family clinic OT and P who states:

“Anxiety is highly infectious. It is much more infectious than the Coronavirus. The greatest triggers of anxiety are lack of control and uncertainty. A common feature of an anxious state is a negative interpretation with catastrophising thought processes.” Sound familiar?  Dr Owens responds by offering explanations of inflammatory terms, such as “epidemic” and “risk”. Here’s his article : https://www.otandp.com/blog/communicating-risk-in-an-epidemic-a-personal-perspective

Other antidotes to anxiety might include a whole range of stress reduction techniques, I am seeing many people around me using their newly found free time to walk in the hills and explore the countryside which is lovely. Contact Calm Connections HK https://www.calmconnectionshk.com to join others walking in the hills and Ewa Wilkinson  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=546145755 to join nature photography walks. Check YvonneLi and guests daily meditations: https://www.facebook.com/beloveHK/ from all over Hong Kong. 
A process of calming can be called becoming grounded and centred, terms used to describe reconnecting with the self in order to access the present moment, to calm the parasympathetic nervous system and gain a sense of self control.  You know you are grounded when you feel calm, peaceful and centered. Being centered means that you have a reference point or a place to come back to when life’s challenges and emotions push you off balance. The center is the place you know you have to get back to, it may feel safe or steady.

In therapy we call this Self Regulation, which means to self-soothe and calm oneself when under stress. Returning to the “centre” can take place through various art making activities in which one refrains from conscious thinking and planning, which aligns with the therapeutic qualities of meditation. This can provide self-soothing for when anxiety feels out of control, that people can access in a group or at home or in the workplace. Much of this regulation takes place automatically-beyond our awareness but it allows the mind to take a break and time ‘stands still’.
Such art making activities are available to you here at the Wild at Art Studio where we are offering a range of art experiences for self regulation. Come along and ground and centre with us, turn down the anxiety monster and allow yourself some space outside the house in a small group setting!
Mindful Drawing
4 x Wednesday mornings 9.30-12.00pm
 12th, 19th and 26th February
$400
Connect with yourself and all your senses through Mindful Drawing. This beautiful experience  helps you to reconnect with the simple moments in life, brings a sense of peace and enjoyment, as you re-kindle your creativity and grow your drawing  confidence. Both mindfulness and drawing require you to slow down and pay close attention to what's in front of you. These workshops introduce you to the idea of inhabiting the present moment, as you observe your sensations and experiences and pay attention to all of your senses – You will be fully guided through a range of drawing experiences and materials, no previous art experience is required!

Lunchtime Destress Doodling
Every week
12.30-2.00pm Wednesdays
$150 per session
Do you sometimes feel like it’s all just too much?
Discover your own calm centre through some peaceful meditational art making. Imagine being able to quieten your mind and go back to work or your family fully refreshed! Doodling can be a simple path to relaxation and inner focus and may help calm an anxious mind. It can help you press pause on intrusive thoughts and provide you with a practice that you can access at any time by yourself.

I love HK Collage
Saturday 29th February
9.30-5.00pm
$1,400 inc all art materials, scrumptious treats throughout the day
We are all here because one way or another we love Asia's World City: Hong Kong! This wonderful melting pot of races and cultures affords us all a way of being that is different to our own home country. It is a place of spectacular views natural and man made as well as iconic structures, scenes and other quirks. It is a home in need of love right now ! We've had a hard year of it and yet we are still here....
Come and create your very own homage to Hong Kong in the form of your own art work. You will be guided to blend paint and collage methods to create a HK scene of your choice this will be created in layers over the course of the day.
All materials provided and plenty of cups of tea and biscuits as you make art in the beautiful Wild at Art Studio in Central. No previous art experience is required for this fun and accessible process.
Diving Deeper Retreat Days
Saturday 28th March 
9.00-5.00pm
Studio29, Lamma Island
$1,400 inc all Art Materials 
a journal and a scrumptious lunch and treats
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.

All dates and details are on the webpage.
http://wildatartstudio.blogspot.com/p/wild-at-art-studio-offerings.html
Booking for all workshops can be made directly to me on:
wildatartweekly@gmail.com
See here for map and directions
http://wildatartstudio.blogspot.com/p/contact-me.html


Welcome to your own creative self!
Come on in ....


Artfully Yours
from
Katie 

Sunday, 19 January 2020

🌻🌻🌻 Love is in the Air 🌻🌻🌻

Hi Everyone
I bring you this week my February Beatles lyric,  which I'm sure you all know :
All you need is love, love, Love is all you need
Way back in 1987, my wonderful mum introduced me to the legendary poet Maya Angelou, we watched her mesmerising, and spell-binding performance of a live poetry reading in Lewisham Hippodrome. This was a profound experience for me, her magical, mystical and lyrical performance spun songs and stories of Love……..friend love, agape love, romantic love, self love, sensual love and familial love!  A beautiful journey through her own work and black American poetry.
Watch Maya in Lewisham
This particular phrase has always stuck with me and you may have heard me use it sometimes in workshops, “ Be careful when a naked person offers you his shirt.” …  I usually ask people what this says to them and I think Brene Brown paraphrases it very beautifully:

“Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.” In other words to give love, we have to love ourselves.
I mention all of this as we head towards February, a month in which we celebrate love. Apparently the first Valentines day was in the year 496! Originating from a Roman Festival, Lupercalia, the start of springtime. Later on, the church morphed this festival into a Christian celebration and used it to remember St Valentine. His name started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved………As the years went on, Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticised it and it gained popularity throughout Europe. Handmade paper cards became the tokens-du-jour in the Middle Ages.
At Wild at Art in February we will be celebrating the spirit of love and self love by creating our own “Tokens Du Jour “.
Reflect and Replenish 
Self Care for Counsellors, Therapists, Life Coaches, and Teachers
Monthly on Thursdays:
 February 6th, March 26th,  April 23rd
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$450.00 includes all art materials
I would like to invite you to the very first Reflect and Replenish workshop at Wild at Art Studio.  This is a professional development and Creative Self Care group for counsellors, art therapists, school counsellors, teachers and life coaches. In our role we may be advocating self care for our clients or students, but its easy to forget about US! as people who spend our working hours caring for others.  We KNOW that Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with ourselves, to reduce stress, to replenish our capacity to provide compassion and empathy but knowing it and practicing it can be hard ! 
Life is busy, with multiple demands on our time !
Diving Deeper Retreat Days
Saturday 8th February 
9.00-5.00pm
Studio29, Lamma Island
$1,200 inc scrumptious lunch and treats
Only 2 places left!
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.
Self Love Mandalas
Thursday 13th February
6.008.30pm
$450
Wild at Art Studio, Central 
This workshop is scheduled right before St Valentines day to maximise on the power of our shared LOVE energy! It's a day all about love, and guess where it starts?
Yes, with YOU!
This workshop is a gift day just for you, to pause and relax into some self compassion and affection! We'll be focusing on self care, self love and self nurture. Listening to some of our favourite love songs and responding with a gorgeous Mandala straight from your heart chakra! You can if you wish, dedicate your mandala to the significant other in your life, as well. Come and join the lovely community of art makers at Wild at Art Studio and feel the LOVE!
Mindful Drawing
4 x Wednesday mornings 9.30-12.00pm
15th, 22nd January, 5th, 12th, February
$400
Connect with yourself and all your senses through Mindful Drawing. This beautiful experience  helps you to reconnect with the simple moments in life, brings a sense of peace and enjoyment, as you re-kindle your creativity and grow your drawing  confidence.
Both mindfulness and drawing require you to slow down and pay close attention to what's in front of you.  These workshops introduce you to the idea of inhabiting the present moment, as you observe your sensations and experiences and pay attention to all of your senses – You will be fully guided through a range of drawing experiences and materials, no previous art experience is required!
Botanical Painting and Drawing
Earth Love
Saturday 15th February ( 9.30am - 5.00pm)
with the amazing Claire Kirk
at Wild at Art Studio, Central
$1,400 inc all art materials, scrumptious treats throughout the day
Only 4 places left! 
Noticing small moments in nature can keep us connected to the earth even though we dwell in the big city. This workshop will take us on a creative journey starting with some playful dabbing experiments as we create different backgrounds for our masterpieces. Claire will then lead us through mindfulness drawing and painting activities to help us capture natures lines, patterns and spirit. on paper. You will connect with nature as you absorb yourself in the natural forms and recreate these using drawing pen. Beginners will be gentle coached through the drawing process and those more advanced artists can enjoy waking up or building on those skills. If you are an Art Journaler this is a perfect technique for you to use in your daily journals.

Welcome to your own creative self!
Come on in ....


Artfully Yours
from
🌻🌻🌻Katie πŸŒ»πŸŒ»πŸŒ»

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

🌻🌻🌻 2020 Art courses for you ! 🌻🌻🌻

Hi Everyone
Thank you Thank you Thank you for being part of the 2019 Wild at Art Journey. It all exists because of YOU !  It’s been a heartwarming year for me, witnessing you create and discover and fill the WAA Studio in Elgin St with your presence. Last January 1st I hadn’t quite formulated the gorgeous studio that I have now, but I had established the need to Flourish and Grow off and out from my Lamma Studio somehow, Flourishing was loud and clear on my Vision Board as you can see !
 
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”
 
Being a dreamer in this world can feel large and even scary. We have big beautiful dreams and we are learning to live them out loud, through our artmaking we are helping them to blossom and grow.  I am truly inspired by how many of you are ready to create your own visions at the 2020 Vision! workshops this month as we expand our Wild at Art Community and spread the practice of self empowerment through art.
“I wish you captivating adventures that help weave together diverse threads of your experience, inspiring you to fall in love with life again and again.” ( Rob Brezsny)  Falling in love with life might feel like bridge too far sometimes, but taking the time to ponder and envision YOUR own story through your art means that you really are embracing the fact that we can create our own realities and a life to love.
 
Finding your own Voice
I am also excited by how many of you are eager to process, understand and shape your own life through your Art Journaling practice.  Creating our own realities is just a page away.  If you are yearning to be creative or if your head is full of ideas but you are feeling a bit stuck ? !  Come and enjoy these two January workshops.
Joyous Journaling Play
Mondays 6.00-8.30pm
13th and 20th January TBC
6.00-8.30 pm
$400 PP
Come and play with colour, paint and texture to make papers and pages for your journal!  Create yourself a range of journal papers as you experiment with stencils, printmaking, and other mark making techniques to start your 2020 journaling year!  During these two sessions you can decide how to take your journaling forwards and find out how to build a manageable weekly habit of creative journaling as you find your own style and pathway !
Are you ready to slow down and use all your senses as you make art?

Mindful Drawing
4 x Wednesday mornings 9.30-12.00pm
15th, 22nd January, 5th, 12th, February
$400
Mindful Drawing helps you to reconnect with the simple moments in life, brings a sense of peace and enjoyment, as you re-kindle your creativity and grow your drawing  confidence.
Both mindfulness and drawing require you to slow down and pay close attention to what's in front of you.  These workshops introduce you to the idea of inhabiting the present moment, as you observe your sensations and experiences and pay attention to all of your senses – You will be fully guided through a range of drawing experiences and materials, no previous art experience is required.
January also sees the start of  New courses at the studio including:
Reflect and Restore workshops
Diving Deeper SaturdayJournaling opportunities.


All dates and details are on the webpage.
http://wildatartstudio.blogspot.com/p/wild-at-art-studio-offerings.html

Booking for all workshops can be made directly to me on:
wildatartweekly@gmail.com

See here for map and directions
http://wildatartstudio.blogspot.com/p/contact-me.html
Welcome to your own creative self!
Come on in ....


Artfully Yours
from
Katie 
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Sunday, 15 December 2019

A whole new decade!

Hi Everyone

2020 is right around the corner my friends. Not just the end of a year but the end of a decade! At Wild at Art we tap into the energies of the season and so in January we focus upon the New Year and seek out what deep soul dreams are calling us for the year ahead. We look at our yearnings, visions and goals as we help those come to life.

The hands on art-making of a Vision Board helps our inner thoughts and wishes become visible which gives us an opportunity to see what we desire and what we need. By using our hands to manifest what is in our head and heart we create a powerful conduit for change.

With paint, collage and design details, we will bring to life our very own Vision Board. For some of you this is an annual ritual as we share your previous boards and marvel at the many magical moments.
Roz’s Dreams And Visions Story!
In January 2019 I created a collage with Katie that was deeply heartfelt but being kept deep inside. It wasn't until I was at the workshop that I realised this desire and created a beautiful orange papaya filled with the seeds of the future. We were provided with magical collage materials so perfect for my dreams and before I knew it, I'd created a perfect symbol for the life I'd been aching for.

This is powerful medicine indeed and being administered by the best Art Surgeon in town!
Dreams are so important! As the famous song goes, "If you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?" so I highly recommend Katie Flowers and her Wild At Art event. I've been going every year and love the process of bringing visions into being and bringing those deep desires of the heart into consciousness and making them more visible for ourselves to focus on. Once we have articulated and created an image of something, it's far easier for the subconscious to aid us in reaching the goal. Here's my papaya :
 Come and join us for one of the
3 x 2020 Vision! workshop dates :


Saturday 11th  9.30am -1.00pm
( $550)  4 x places left
Thursday 16th  6.00-9.00pm
(Full)
Saturday 18th 9.30am -1.00pm
(Full)

You will meet our lovely Wild at Art Community of creative’s for this blessed annual event!
All of your pre prepared booklets and art materials are most lovingly provided.
Vision Board Magic is REAL!
Above you can see the the 2002 Vision Board that I created at the start of a one-year counseling course. As well as it being a place of gratitude for the strong amazing people and presence that I already had in my life at that time, you can see I was definitely seeking a lovely chap, a bigger home and seemingly a few fish! ?
Those of you who know me well, will know that I met Mr S on the last day of that one year counseling course......we subsequently moved into the Po Wah Yuen house pictured bottom right on the board, and of course Mr S is an ardent fisherman......nuff said! Its good to be specific sometimes even if you don't know why! 
January also sees the start of  New courses at the studio including:

Mid Week Mindful Sketching
Reflect and Restore workshops
Three Art Journaling opportunities.


All dates and details are on the webpage.
http://wildatartstudio.blogspot.com/p/wild-at-art-studio-offerings.html
Booking for all workshops can be made directly to me on:
wildatartweekly@gmail.com
See here for map and directions
http://wildatartstudio.blogspot.com/p/contact-me.html


Artfully Yours
from
Katie