Monday, May 28, 2012

A journey of self-exploration through Cubism

Is this the summer that you focus on you and what’s next?

“Creating art shifts consciousness out of the verbal part of the brain and into the more creative, intuitive, and sensory brain regions.  Which is more powerful?  Well, the verbal region processes about forty bits of information per second.  The nonverbal processes about eleven million bits per second.  You do the math.” – Martha Beck.  
The way I see it – doing art is good for you and helps you solve problems without really trying!

Cubism began as an intellectual revolt against the artistic expression of previous eras. Among the specific elements abandoned by the cubists were the sensual appeal of paint texture and color, subject matter with emotional charge or mood, the play of light on form, movement, atmosphere, and the illusionism that proceeded from scientifically based perspective.  In other words, they abandoned ‘realistic’ points of view.  They used sharp angles and portrayed objects from different points of view within one painting.

Trying this method will help you break free from your often-used techniques.  You’ve heard the quote: ‘the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results.’?  Then why not try something different, out of your comfort zone in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere?

Discover who you are and create the future you want.  In this class, you will examine and write about the five main areas of your life, then do a piece of mixed media art using a cubistic technique - each week focusing on a different area of your life.

Week 1. Monday, June 11 - Relational (example: Children, partner, animals, co-workers)
Week 2. Monday, June 18 - Spiritual (example: God, praying, meditating)
Week 3. Monday, June 25 - Intellectual (example: reading, writing, learning a new skill)
Week 4. Monday, July 2 - Physical (example: stretching, yoga, walking, dancing)
Week 5. Monday, July 9 - Financial
(example: career, assets, debt, spending, saving)

Mary's studio, McHenry, ILEach workshop is from 10 AM until 1 PM.  Cost of each workshop is $35 if you sign up individually.  If you sign up for all 5 you will get $5 off each class and end up saving $25.

All materials will be provided, but if you have specific photos you would like to add to your piece, please feel free to bring them.  Also a snack and coffee or tea will be provided. Space is limited – let me know if you plan to attend or call 815-715-1527 or email me with any questions: