Since 2006, I have helped individuals and businesses define and expand their creativity, teaching self-expression and creative discovery using collage, acrylic paint, drawing, storytelling, and poetry. My workshops offer a memorable and non-threatening way to:
I offer on-site Creativity in Business workshops and keynotes for corporations and small businesses. In my workshops, participants enjoy active, hands-on creative work that prompts meaningful conversations and unlocks personal potential. I have taught in a variety of settings, ranging from intimate one-on-one settings to corporate retreats and business meetings for over 200 professionals. To inquire about a workshop, please contact me to discuss availability, costs, and options. Private one-on-one sessions are also offered.
"I loved the class! Your work made it feel like spring inside and out!
I can't wait to get started again!"
For those in the healthcare industry, I am partnering with motivational speakers Drew Ebersole and Sherry Hammond of Hammond & Ebersole to bring an exciting new dimension to their already powerful offerings. Together, we are offering a one-day workshop to help improve staff and patient loyalty, increase quality of care, and decrease burn-out and anxiety. Our 7-hour workshop is geared specifically toward organizations wishing to increase staff morale, offering an opportunity to:
This workshop combines demonstration, dialog, peer-learning, and hands-on art expression for renewed commitment, clarity, compassion, and self-care. We provide practical ways for participants to take what they’ve learned back to the workplace and integrate into their lives. This is done through hands-on practices to bring awareness to non-productive habits, and build new, more effective ones to create a fulfilling work experience.
We are all creative by nature, but we tend to decide early on if we are an "artist" or not—but in the right environment, with the right coaxing, training, and tools, everyone can tap into this inherent talent and bolster their productivity, energy, and skills.
In my workshops, teams can learn creative techniques that are immediately applicable in both personal and business settings.
You can customize a workshop to fit your group's particular interests. I will come to your space for a minimum of ten attendees for a 3-hour or 6-hour workshop. This option is perfect for small or large businesses whose teams need some inspiration. Choose from one of the following workshop models, or talk with me about customizing for a special occasion:
Tools for Transitions & Stress Management: Everyone experiences stress in different ways. This workshop allows individuals to gain a different perspective and better process transition in their lives. Using recycled magazines and ephemeral objects, we will open up to creative possibilities of making meaning through found imagery.
The Art of Setting Your Corporate Intention: Explore your group's hopes and strengths for the company using various mixed media techniques. Drawing upon individual strengths, talents, and skills, we will create a group piece that reflects each individual's perspectives as well as a representation of corporate desires, dreams and visions. The end result is enhanced focus and concentration towards corporate goals and communal vision. Participants are encouraged to bring visual references to add to the vision collage (photographs, magazine cut-outs, etc.).
Overcome Barriers to Creativity & Promote Team Innovation: Learn the art of letting go to embrace creative experimentation. Through the deliberate practice of “mistake-making,” you will learn how to turn artistic bloopers into material for even better beginnings and remove the fear of making “bad art." During our time together, you will paint using exploratory techniques and found objects (what other people call “junk”). We will begin the process of unlearning the rules, letting go of preconceived notions, and embracing the courage to freely explore the beginner’s mind. This workshop is not about talent or skill but about finding the intuitive artist within. Wear clothes you can ruin or turn into other works of art.
Celebrate a Milestone with Group Art: Whether you are celebrating a retirement, going public, or a special birthday, turn their celebration into an artistic memory that they will treasure for years to come. We will start with brainstorming about key traits and strengths that you want to celebrate and together, we will translate that into artwork that will become a keepsake or a special gift. Choose between abstract group painting, portraits on blocks, group print, or a mixed media collage booklet.
This option is great for beginners as well as those who feel stuck and need a fresh start. Private classes are designed to give you gentle prompts, personal attention, encouragement, and a new perspective. I offer a combination of learning techniques to help spark creative ideas and get you past "Blank Canvas Paralysis." My style is free-form and all about expression, so we won't be bothering with perspective, shading, or realism. You may or may not leave with a finished piece of artwork, but you will definitely leave with the confidence to continue exploring and growing as an artist.
Each session takes place in my studio and includes three hours of instruction and demonstrations, balanced with your own personal work and exploration time. Included are all supplies, with the exception of any personal tools such as brushes or collage materials. Choose from one of the following learning categories:
Since the fall of 2003, I have led groups in refreshing and renewing their relationship to their own creativity, teaching artistic tricks to help them break out of self-imposed limitations and encourage self-reflection for meaningful change.
Art with Heart, Treehouse, YMCA, Casey Family Programs, Seattle, WA • Theme: Powerful/Powerless • Activity: Collage transfer technique • 35 attendees, Feb. 2012