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Please join us for one or two days. Each class is a “stand alone” so you can pick and choose. Supplies will be available unless you have your own. Building a habit of creativity is a valued practice in the art world. One thing that helps us kickstart our creativity is simple play. Drop your guard, be free, and create, no judgement, just process. Tap into your imagination and daydream, create something silly or out of the ordinary. 

 Facilitated by Kathie McDuff 

Friday, October 21   Open Studio to follow until 5 p.m. Free time to create! Let’s dive into what creativity is and means and how it shows up in our lives. Knowing what the main phases of creativity are helps us to understand where we are in the process and how our brains work. We will playfully create some amazing images in a few different ways and wonder at our own imaginations. Supplies: Journal, note paper, pen, pencil, paper blender, kneadable eraser, watercolours, brush, water container, paper towels, black and white acrylic paint markers (Posca, Flysea etc.) and permanent markers (Sharpie, Pitt etc.)  

Saturday, October 22  Today we will explore Creative Block, how we burden ourselves with “shoulds” and uncover personalized ways to carry on creatively. With colour and line, we will capture the essence of images from nature. Feel free to bring any favourite photos of flowers (say that three times J). Supplies: Journal, note paper, pen, water-soluble pencil, watercolours, brush, water container and paper towels.

Kathie is a self-taught artist, graphic designer and journalist who captures all her artistic passions with her signature program, Creative Journaling. For the past 25 years, she has been teaching Creative Journaling, watercolour, mixed media and paper arts courses in her Calgary studio and is a regular guest at retreat centres. She is the Expressive Arts Team Lead at Wellspring Calgary. Her vision is to facilitate creative experiences that encourage connections, validate emotions, and nourish the soul.  

Registration:  $40 per class - Scholarships are available at $20 $10 $0

If you’d like one of her journals ($20) you can buy them at the class.  

Registration Friday Oct. 21

Registration Saturday, Oct. 22