Workshops

The effectiveness of workshops has been thoroughly tried and tested over the years and they have proved to be specially helpful in providing access to creative resources. Depending on requirements, they can be organised in small or larger classes, for professional or private groups. The time-frame is flexible and can be adjusted to meet individual wishes. There are, of course, any number of alternative possibilities; the most suitable can be chosen after individual consultation.

MATERIAL AND WINGS
Intensive study of the human body in motion and at rest. Body, soul and their inter-connection are studied and given creative expression.

BODY AND SPACE
The body as both interior and exterior … in the form of imprint, trace or covering. Body posture and its effectiveness as a source of power.

MEMORY AND FUTURE
Our way through life lies not only ahead but also behind us. We are formed by memory. NOW is the ever-changing meeting point of past and future.

EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING AND TRANCE
Renewing energy sources and opening up to new experiences. Special exercises, including shallow trance-states, provide access to our own inner potential. The subconscious can be discovered as a source of guidance and creativeness. Artistic activity with various techniques, including unfamiliar materials, offers a broad experimental field in which to escape habit and routine. The development of individual expression provides a valuable new source of creative energy.

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Colours are vestiges of Paradise.
Participants are familiarised with the true nature of colours, their nuances, blends, qualities, influences and powers of healing and expression. The connections are studied between colour and emotion. Monochrome painting, the use of a single colour and its varying degrees of intensity, develops sensitivity to the diversity of a single tonal quality.

SELF(IMAGE)
A study of the essence of one’s own personality … in all its uniqueness and completely free of the standards normally applied, whether by close family or society at large. Colours are experienced as the expression of emotions and moods, wishes and needs. This leads to intensified personal expression, of what one is and what one wants to be.

OH, MY HEAD!
Self-portrait and autobiography.
An artistic journey across the landscape of one’s own face. Reflections on the attractions of one’s own features – learning to accept, even appreciate, the traces left by time.

DRAWING
Drawing as a clue to one’s own personality.
Drawing as a means of questioning the way in which we habitually see things. Learning to draw means developing more effective observation, learning to really see. One can learn to identify ingrained ways of seeing the world and then to change them.

DRAWING WITH ALL THE SENSES
Artistic exercises designed to activate individual senses and thus encourage creative capabilities. An unusual way of learning to draw. Sensory experiences are of special significance in the individual search for artistic direction.

CHANCE AS INSPIRATION
In his Trattato della Pittura, Leonardo da Vinci advises his students to look closely at random patches of colour such as the mark left by a paint-soaked sponge: ‘All sorts of bizarre things can be found in these splashes. I would say anyone with the gift to read what is in there will find human faces, animals, whole battle scenes, cliff faces, the sea, clouds, forests and a thousand things besides … it is like a bell whose ringing rouses all the images you carry within yourself.”

PAINTING OFF THE CUFF
Spontaneous expression, ignoring perfectionists or critics.
Creative activity unaffected by concern for any kind of appraisal or approval. Creative activity as a welcome alternative to school, studies or work, dominated by logic, statistics and the computer. The other side of the personality, the inner artist, is set free.

OBJECTS AND ALIENATION
Everyday objects so banal that they barely make an impression can be suddenly experienced with new significance. Unusual viewpoints ensure a fascinating new approach and some surprising images.

MASKS AND FETISHES
Modelling with papier-maché, clay, papier-caché and mixed materials.
Masks as a means of change, as the expression of a different reality – the magic of the unfamiliar.

WISHES, DREAMS AND VISIONS
Opening up new fields, experiencing visions as pointers in new directions, setting out objectives and identifying obstacles.

TAROT AS A GUIDE ALONG THE WAY
The Tarot pack is regarded traditionally as an age-old picture guide providing pointers along our way. It symbolises the individual’s road through life, with all its wrong turnings and pitfalls, but also offering help and advice. Painting helps to develop a personal insight into one’s progress along this road.

SYMBOLS, SIGNS AND RITUALS
Symbols are encoded signs, shorthand ciphers standing for universally recognised elements of shared experience. They open the doors to the world of ritual, of the unforeseen. Their creation is an expression of spontaneous artistic creativity and the spirit can speak freely. They play a vital role in art, dreams and sign language.

STONE SCULPTURE
Dialogue with the material.
Work in three dimensions with stone calls for the ability to ignore the superfluous so that only the essential is seen. The senses of sight and touch are needed in equal measure. Abilities are developed which are important in both social and professional life: sensitivity and readiness for dialogue, far-sightedness and flexibility, perseverance and patience.

FINE FIGURES – MALE AND FEMALE
An examination of the personal concepts, the inner images, of female and male personality traits. The artistic presentation of the polarity between the sexes. Awareness of one’s own convictions. The development and, where necessary, adjustment of these personal concepts so that one’s own abilities, values and principles can be more effectvely expressed.

WOMEN, ART AND (SELF) UNDERSTANDING
An examination of issues which get literally under the skin. The means of expression used in the field of the fine arts provide a forum for intuitive thinking and inspiration. Old patterns of thought and action can be changed and new models and solutions found. One’s own abilities can be heightened and extended. Issues which are important at both the individual and general cultural levels can be considered in an artistic context. Strictly women only!

A PANORAMA OF LIFE IN TWELVE PICTURES
Twelve fields of human experience.
This traces the development of the individual human being – the maturing of the self, the recollection of skills acquired, the discovery of everything that is new or undiscovered. The inner visions from the twelve fields of human experience are expressed in visual terms and given artistic form.

A FLOWER AS THE START OF AN INWARD JOURNEY
Flowers and plants as a vital counter-balance to the hectic rush of everyday life … and not merely as decoration! Nature, so to speak, as a therapeutic medium for stressed city-dwellers. Practical experiments in the fine-tuning of the senses; inner communication and the cultivation of personal contact. Observing the external image of the flower with sensitivity and intuition produces personal insights which tell us something about the essential nature of the plant.