Painting for Well-being workshop

On the first Wednesday of each month, I run 

Painting for Well-being - a workshop for adults with any level of art-making experience and ability.

This workshop enables you to relax and enjoy easy, tutor-led painting activities that focus on simple materials and movements with the brush.

What will I make?

 

You'll make lots of marks with different types of water-based paint with various brushes on several pieces of paper, but you won't be working on a specific painting with the view to creating an intended finished artwork. Imagine not worrying about making a fixed outcome that ought to look a certain way. Imagine freeing yourself from the pressure to create something perfect, and quietening the inner-critic that constantly asks, 'will it be good enough?' In this workshop. we aim to let go of all those concerns. Instead of working towards a single painting, or learning a specific painting technique, we develop a mindfulness practice. We do this by focusing on how we use the paint and the brush in abstract mark-making. 

What is mindfulness?

Pioneer of Western modern mindfulness practice, Jon Kabat-Zinn describes mindfulness as "awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom". During the workshop, we try and cultivate a practice of mindfulness by paying attention to simple materials and the way we use them. Mindfulness is regarded as beneficial to well-being - building an ability to be aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more, understand ourselves and others better, and feel gratitude for what we have.

What’s included?

Basic materials are included: different types of paper, ink, water-based paint and all the tools you need (brushes, pots for water, palettes, paper towels). The painting activities will vary each month and so will the materials. At the moment we cannot provide refreshments so we ask participants to bring their own bottle of water.  

When are the workshops?

The workshops run on the first Wednesday of each month. The dates for the rest of 2022 are:

4th May

8th June (instead of 1st)

No July workshop

3rd August

7th September

5th October

2nd November

7th December

How do I book?

Places are limited, so please contact me to book in advance and please feel free to call 07940240321 if you have any questions. The cost is £10 per person and I ask participants to pay in advance online. At the moment it is possible to pay cash on the day but it's essential to book a place first.