Painting and Drawing Instruction Series

Painting and Drawing Instruction Series

 

Painting and Drawing Instruction Series
with Susie Alexander
 
Local artist Susie Alexander will be offering series of beginning and intermediate painting and drawing classes this winter at the North Tahoe Art Center in Tahoe City. Class fee is $25 per class or $60 for the series.
 
Ski in the morning and get artistic in the afternoon! Living a creative life can seem very challenging, but according to bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert, it’s a about hunting and uncovering “strange jewels” that the universe has buried inside each of us. This series of classes is a great way to take a step into creativity and watch how the process magically transitions to revealing more jewels in places long forgotten.
 
Drawing Instruction
Saturday, February 6th
1pm to 4pm
Learning fundamentals of drawing tools, three tone shading, and basic composition for background, middle ground, and fore ground. All materials are supplied though you are welcome to bring your own. 
 
Acrylic Painting Instruction
Saturday, February 27th
1pm to 4pm
Using a limited color palette, we will take from the basic design skills learned in the previous class and paint a very simple still life on canvas. Students follow Susie in a step by step application that helps your painting easily unfold. All materials are provided.
 
Acrylic Painting Landscape
Saturday, March 26th
1pm to 4pm
In this class we will move to a bigger spectrum of colors on our canvas, having had the previous two classes to give us a better orientation for beginning and navigating to a completed landscape masterpiece! All materials are provided.
 
All sessions with be held in the upstairs classroom at the North Tahoe Arts Center, 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Bring your own drinking water and please be prompt to respect everyone’s time. Minimum age: 16 years old.
 
Email Arts In Wellness or text Susie at 530-277-3669 to sign up or with any questions. Scholarships available if payment is a challenge; email ArtsInWellness@gmail.com for more information.
 

Winter 2016 Creative Group

Winter 2016 Creative Group
Winter Creative Group
Thursdays, January 14, 2016 – April 14, 2016
9am to 11:30am
For Goodness Sake, Truckee
 
Facilitated by:Erin Reading, PhD(c) in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
 
The Arts In Wellness ongoing Creative Group is an ever expanding community that gathers to uncover, express, and celebrate our divine creativity. In this winter’s group, we will explore the wild wisdom of psyche and nature through earth-based inquiries that elicit and engage our full spectrum of being. Here, we can discover our deepest longings, unique gifts, and what creates meaning in our lives. Joining together in weekly creative expression, we will catalyze and empower one another to follow these longings, cultivate our gifts, and grow ever more deeply into our authentic selves. We will use the book “Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche” by Bill Plotkin to guide our 14 week journey.
 
Sessions consist of a brief meditation and a fully confidential group “check-in” based on the week’s readings and reflections, followed by 1½  hours of creative application – writing, collaging, crafting, painting, and so forth — related to the week’s reading and practices. This is a wonderful opportunity to nourish one’s own innate creativity in a deeply supportive environment of self-discovery and authentic connection, playfulness and vulnerability, inspiration and grounding.
 
Weekly art project supplies provided. We ask that those who sign up are ready to commit to themselves and to the group by completing the required readings and showing up each week. Suggested donation is $15 per session; scholarships are available. Each participant is responsible for purchase of the book. Limited to 12 participants and closed after the second week.
 
Please email artsinwellness@gmail.com to sign up or text Erin at 425-478-8184 with further questions.
 

Balance and Wellbeing Retreat – October 13-16, 2015

Balance and Wellbeing Retreat – October 13-16, 2015
Tahoe Vistana Inn and Arts In Wellness Present
BALANCE & WELLBEING 3-DAY RETREAT
 
Tuesday, October 13 – Friday, October 16, 2015
$450
 
Package Includes:
  • Three Nights in a standard Double Queen Room or King Room, double occupancy, upgrades available
  • Retreat Program by Arts In Wellness
  • All Workshops
  • All Materials
  • Seven Meals: two full days + farewell brunch
Details:
Finding balance and maintaining a balanced lifestyle can be challenging for many as we are pulled in different directions by family, career, community and our deepest yearnings. In this three day retreat you will be given tools to identify your unique recipe for a balanced life, and will explore many art forms to discover, uncover or recover your creative force. Painting, writing, photography, pastels, drawing and collage will all be used in this journey of self-discovery. You will emerge with a clear sense of how to move forward with balance and be a life well-lived. You’ll also have some beautiful, personal art work to take home to continue to remind and inspire you!
 
For more information and to book your package
call 530-546-2529
email TheTahoeVistana@gmail.com
visit www.tahoevistanainn.net
 
 
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September 2015 Calendar

September 2015 Calendar

 

 

 

Fall 2015 Creative Group  – Finding Inner Direction
Thursdays, September 24th to December 3rd (no class November 26th)
9am to 11:30am
 
This is a wonderful opportunity to discover and celebrate your own Divine wisdom through the imaging, imagination and intuition of Soul Collage®. Come join Susie Alexander and Erin Reading for 10 weeks this fall and be a part of this ever growing circle of inspired and deeply connected beings. We will be resourcing the book Courage, the Joy of Living Dangerously by Osho and other readings, meditating, discussing and then creating our individual Soul Collage® cards around the readings. http://www.soulcollage.com/
 
Meetings will be held at For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee. Supplies will be provided by the Arts in Wellness Studio. Sharing is confidential and in the interest of time and focus, supportive group affirmation kept to a minimum. Each participant is responsible for purchase of the book and required reading of the chapters as the weeks unfold. This group is closed after the second week. Donations are welcome for studio supplies used, though no one is turned away. Suggested donation is $10. Limited to 12 participants.
 
Please email artsinwellness@gmail.com to sign up or text Susie at 530-277-3669 with any questions.
 
 
Creative Impulsion Group
September 17th
3:30pm to 5:30pm
 
This ongoing creative gathering is about:
  • Applying intention and expansion to your idea, no matter how small or ordinary, big or insane
  • Supporting you in every way to lift your idea to the next level
You will be encouraged to:
  • Present your idea to the group
  • Receive constructive support with your strategy for success and completion
  • Network, invite new ideas, and to be accountable with your project and the group on an ongoing basis
 
Please call, or text Susie Alexander at 530-277-3669 or email artsinwellness@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the group, for the location this month, or if you have any other questions. Light snacks to share are welcome.

 

 

 

July 2015 Calendar

July 2015 Calendar

 

“Creativity of the Heart” Painting Workshop
Saturday, July 11th ~ 10am to 1pm
 
This workshop is especially for beginners and those that feel “uncreative!” We are all creative by birthright. Come spend 3 hours with Susie Alexander expressing your human experience through color on canvas with acrylic paint. Tapping into the source of your unique creativity will support your confidence in getting involved with other creative community programs. You will amaze yourself! Artwork created at this workshop will have the opportunity to be installed on the Trails & Vistas art hike. Sponsored by North Tahoe Arts and held at Rideout Community Center. To sign up please contact Sue Gross at: workshops@northtahoearts.com.
 
 
Monoprinting with an Etching Press
Facilitated by Brooke Bishop
 
Introductory Class
Tuesday, July 14th ~ 9:30am to 3pm
 
Further Exploration Class
Thursday, July 16th ~ 9:30am to 3pm
 
For complete class details, go to the Events page and click on the class title. Registration closes July 10th. Please send any questions to brookebishop@thegrid.net. 
 
 
Creative Impulsion Group
Thursday, July 30th ~ 4pm to 6pm
 
Do you have an idea you’ve been wanting to bring into your life? Do you experience sabotaging your own great creative ideas? Statistics show that motivation is not so much the issue as is the lack of follow-through. Many personal changes can come from taking one small creative step; learning an instrument, creating a website, painting a canvas, emptying an attic, starting a business and so many more…
 
This new Creative gathering is about applying intention and expansion to your idea, no matter how small or ordinary, big or insane. It will be held once a month and is about supporting you in every way to lift your idea to the next level. You will be encouraged to present your idea to the group, to receive constructive support with your strategy for success and completion, to network, invite new ideas, and to be accountable with your project on an ongoing basis.
 
Hosting will shift to a different member each month, and the host will designate the monthly date, time and place, whether at their home or another locale. Gatherings will be 2 to 3 hours long, and potluck if indicated.
 
The first gathering will be hosted by Susie Alexander, Thursday July 30th from 4pm to 6pm down by the river parking lot at Truckee Regional park. There will be beverages – bring an appetizer to share; call Susie Alexander at 530-277-3669 if you have any questions!
 
 

 

Early Summer Calendar

Early Summer Calendar
Summer 2015 Calendar
 
 Creative Group Star-Gazing Campout and 3D Collage inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
Wednesday, June 17th 2:30pm to Thursday, June 18th 9:30am
 
Join Susie Alexander for this first Creative Group campout. We’ll park our cars and hike one and a half miles to a beautiful spot where you can see from Nevada to Mount Diablo. In the afternoon we’ll collaboratively and individually create natural collages inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s work, and when night falls, you’ll be delighted by the stars that go on forever! Bring your camping gear and a dinner snack and we’ll eat breakfast at Firesign Cafe the next morning (coffee will be available with the sunrise). Creative Group alumni only! 
 
For more information and registration, email, call or text Susie Alexander at artsinwellness@gmail.com or  530-277-3669.
 
Monoprinting with an Etching Press
Facilitated by Brooke Bishop
 
Introductory Class
Tuesday, July 14th ~ 9:30am to 3pm
 
Further Exploration Class*
Thursday, July 16th ~ 9:30am to 3pm
 
Brooke Bishop, lifelong artist, longtime Truckee resident and newly crowned President of the Board of Directors of Arts In Wellness is opening her home studio to a small group of students for this series of classes discovering the art of monoprinting.
 
Monoprinting/monotyping is a single impression made from a block/plate. Monoprints are known as the most painterly method among printmaking techniques. The characteristic of this method is that no two prints are alike. The beauty of the medium is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing media.
 
“I’m excited by this opportunity to share my experience, my studio, and my etching press with a few (maximum eight) artists of varying calibers, to facilitate their creation of monoprints/monotypes. I have explored monoprints for over 30 years, having a press, “The Beast” for 25 years. In this workshop we will explore using an 8”x10” zinc plate, a full pallet of etching inks, and archival printing paper. We will use two basic techniques. The first is a painterly approach, the second, a more graphic.
 
“The introductory session is about gaining some confidence with basic techniques of painting on a metal plate. We might create a “ghost” or two, a second impression taken from the plate which produces a faint replica of the original. We will use a still life, most likely fresh flowers and fabric.
 
“The second session will explore printing on top of your first image once or twice, altering your image slightly and printing again.  You could use my subject matter (flowers, fabric, etc.), or your own set up, picture, or imagination.” – Brooke Bishop
 
* Prerequisite: Attending introductory class or previous experience in monoprinting.
 
FEE:  $45 per session includes all art supplies. Register early and save! Only $80 for both classes if registered by July 1st.
 
LOCATION:  Olympic Heights, Truckee. Address and directions will be provided after registration.
 
Registration closes July 10th. Please send any questions to brookebishop@thegrid.net. For more information about the artist and her work visit brookebishopart.com

 

 

Earth – Heart – Art – Retreat

Earth – Heart – Art – Retreat

  Brochure Cover

Earth – Heart – Art – Retreat

   April 23rd to 26th, 2015

 

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Earth – Heart – Art – Retreat
April 23rd to 26th, 2015
In the mountains above Santa Cruz lies a beautiful natural retreat called Earth Matters where one moves to the quiet, the natural and a space called your truth. Step into a new way of living through creative expression with the Earth, art, music, movement, food and camaraderie. We invite you to join us for converging with others, diverging from daily life and integrating creative soulful skills. Upon returning home you will feel you are enough, perhaps even more…

 

Winter Creative Group

Winter Creative Group
Arts In Wellness Winter 2015 Creative Group
Meets at For Goodness Sake
Thursdays, January 29th to April 23rd (no class February 26th)
9am to 11:30am
Facilitated by:
Erin Reading, PhD (c) in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
 
The Arts In Wellness ongoing Creative Group is an ever expanding circle that began several years ago and has grown into an amazing active network of creatively empowered individuals. This winter’s Creative Group will explore our innate creativity by delving into the energies of the ten planetary archetypes. Sandwiched between an initial introductory class and a concluding integration class, each week will focus on readings, journaling, and exercises concerning a particular planetary archetype and its expression in one’s life.
 
Sessions begin with a fully confidential group “check-in” based on the week’s readings and reflections, followed by 1½ hours of creative application – writing, collaging, crafting, painting, etc. — related to the week’s planetary focus. Through their creative inquiry into the planetary patterns, individuals will also gain the skills to read their natal birth chart through an archetypal lens. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and explore one’s own divine creativity in a deeply supportive environment of self-discovery and authentic connection, playfulness and vulnerability, inspiration and grounding.
 
Supplies will be provided though you are welcome to bring your own. A suggested donation of $15 per session is welcome and scholarships are available. The group is limited to 12 people and closed after the second week; we ask that those who sign up are ready to commit to themselves and to the group by doing the readings and showing up each week.
 
To register, call For Goodness Sake at 530-550-8981 or email info@goodnesssake.org.

 

October 2014 Calendar

October 2014 Calendar
Two new Arts In Wellness Fall Creative Groups are now forming!
 
Truckee Creative Group
Meets at For Goodness Sake
Thursdays, October 9th to January 22nd
9am to 11:30am
Following ‘The Prosperous Heart’ by Julia Cameron
Facilitated by Susie Alexander, Arts In Wellness Founder & Executive Director
 
Kings Beach Creative Group
Meets at the Kings Beach Community House
Mondays, October 6th to December 22nd
6pm to 8:30pm
Following ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron
Facilitated by Jennifer Schiessl, Arts In Wellness Board Member
 
The Arts In Wellness ongoing Creative Group is an ever expanding circle that began several years ago and has grown into an amazing active network. This Fall we’re hosting two separate Creative Groups, one that meets in Truckee and one in Kings Beach.
 
Each Creative Group will be a 12 week session following one of Julia Cameron’s books:
  • The Truckee group will be using ‘The Prosperous Heart’
  • The Kings Beach group will be using ‘The Artist’s Way’
Each session will begin with a group “check-in” based on the reading, followed by 1.5 hours of creative application – writing, collaging, crafting and painting (you can also bring in your own ongoing project).
 
This is a wonderful opportunity to actually step into a meaningful world of authentic fullness through original creative expression and celebrate yourself as a creative Divine spirit. It is fun, inspiring and very connecting. Sharing during the “check-in” is confidential and in the interest of time and focus, supportive group affirmation kept to a minimum. The group is closed after the second week.
 
Supplies will be provided by the Arts In Wellness studio though you are welcome to bring your own. Each participant is responsible for purchase of the book and required reading of the chapters as the weeks unfold. Donations are welcome for studio supplies used, though no one is turned away. Suggested donation is $10 per session. Additional suggested reading: ‘Walking in This World’ by Julia Cameron.
  • The Truckee group will meet for 12 sessions beginning October 9th, with a break for the holidays on November 27th, December 18th and 25th, and January 1st
  • The Kings Beach group will meet for 12 consecutive weeks, beginning October 6th

August 2014 Calendar

August 2014 Calendar
Summer Writer’s Workshop
Thursdays, through September 4th  ~  1:30pm-3:30pm
Creative writing group meets at the Truckee Regional park barbecue area. This group is closed except for previous Creative Group participants.
 
Trails & Vistas Community Art Project
Thursday, August 14th  ~  4pm to 7:30pm
In collaboration with Trails & Vistas in preparation for the September Art Hikes and World Music Concert, we will be painting hats and sticks to be used at the Trails & Vistas events on September 6th & 7th. We have a beautiful riverside setting for this project and we invite you to stop by for a little while or stay for the whole time and help us decorate these items that will be used at Trails & Vistas. This event is open to all ages and abilities: no experience required. All materials will be supplied, including aprons and snacks! Just bring yourself, and your inspiration and a friend! We will be meeting at 10051 Riverside Drive in Truckee – five buildings upstream from the 267 bridge. Please park at the west end of Riverside Drive or over on West River Road and walk to this beautiful river front location. There is one parking spot reserved for handicap access – please send a note when you register if you need to reserve that parking place. Suggested donation: $5, no one is turned away for lack of funds. 
 
 
Stay tuned for the Fall 2014 Creative group that goes for 12 weeks, beginning in October!