On October 20th, I’ll once again be co-teaching a yoga and art workshop with Helena Kunst – Mindful Yoga and Contemplative Art. This time, we’ll be at the Open Space Yoga Studio at Diamond Head. You can check out the flyer here.
Just like yoga, contemplative art is a way of cultivating presence. It helps bring us to the state of full awareness, where spontaneous expression flourishes. In this workshop, we’ll combine yoga and other body centered movements of yoga with simple contemplative art practices. In the process, we’ll connect with our creative source and learn to nurture this aspect of ourselves, which is all too often ignored in our fast paced, modern world. Connecting with and expressing our creativity helps us feel more balanced and alive and offers us a sense of relaxed spaciousness as we move through our everyday lives.
This fall, I’ll be teaching two sections each of calligraphy and watercolor painting classes at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. For more information and to register, you can check out The Honolulu Museum of Art School.
The Art of Western Calligraphy
Mondays, September 10 – October 22 | 6–9pm (6 sessions) (No class October 8th)
Mondays, November 5 – December 10 | 6–9pm (6 sessions)
Learn the basics of this ancient art of “beautiful handwriting” while synchronizing your mind and body and cultivating inner calm. A single alphabet in its historical and contemporary form is used as the focus while different tools and techniques are used for practice. The study and practice of the letter forms with the broad-edged pen is complemented by design exercises to explore color, texture, and rhythm. In a contemplative atmosphere, emphasis is placed on the balance between the discipline of precise form and the freedom of artistic expression.
NOTE: Beginning students will work toward understanding the underlying form and geometry of the hands we study and becoming familiar with the basic tools. Experienced students will continue to internalize the forms while developing methods of creatively altering rhythm and movement and exploring different tools.
Students are responsible for their own minimal supplies, plus there is a $15 materials fee payable to the instructor that covers specific calligraphy supplies.
Intro to Watercolor
Wednesdays, September 12th – October 24th | 6–9pm (6 sessions) (No class October 10th)
Wednesdays, November 7th – December 12th | 6–9pm (6 sessions)
Experience the luminescence, spontaneity and immediacy of watercolor while sharpening your perceptions and sense of light and color. We progress through a series of exercises designed to lay the foundation for understanding and enjoying this famously difficult medium. We’ll develop the basics while at the same time learning to befriend our fears, cultivate confidence and embrace the wonder and delight of clear observation and spontaneous creation. Our painting will lead us to a deeper appreciation of the beauty and profundity of our everyday, ordinary world.