The Art of Now at Esalen Institute

A painting and creativity workshop for non-artists

May 12-17 2019

What if you could connect with a sense of peace, power, and meaning just by taking ten minutes a day for creativity? What if this became a daily habit? There are profound benefits for every person in crafting work with your hands. It is not solely for professional artists to enjoy the deep pleasures of time spent in art-making practices. These practices bring us into the “now” and ground us in the present. They bring us into direct contact with color, play, and the natural world. They invite us to stop, focus, and respond in a personal, immediate, and joyful way.

In this workshop, we’ll use simple materials and techniques including sketch, watercolor, free writing, and torn paper design. We’ll pause, sit, and become grounded again and again in a space without fear, judgment, or anxiety. While learning key skills to record and interpret your environment, you’ll also learn to express what you see, what you think, and what you feel.

By week’s end you’ll have made artful pieces that bring you satisfaction and express your creative development, and you’ll feel the joy and serenity that come from making with your own hands. Your sketchbook will be full of paintings, writings, drawings, and notes that will inspire your return to daily life.

This creative immersion is designed for people of all skill levels and experience. Whether you are a working artist seeking to deepen your own practice, or a novice who has never picked up a paintbrush, in this workshop you’ll find a safe, creative space to experiment with new ideas.

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