Friday, June 29, 2012

Take the Plunge and Push Past your Self-Imposed Limitations!

ShaDeeLa has two classes coming up that you don't want to miss. As children we were able to experience the sheer joy of creative expression with abandon. We painted, colored with crayons, played with clay and even made mud pies. We didn't care what other people thought and we did it because it fulfilled something within us. As we grew older, belief systems were formed and we began to stifle those creative urges out of fear. Fear of not conforming or being accepted. Many of us considered ourselves to be non-creative and that art and self expression was only for a chosen few. Little did we know that our inner artist still resides deep inside us and is waiting to be unleashed. "Fearless Painting" will allow you to explore and rediscover the joy of creative process without self judgment and limitations. "Journey into the Soul", a two day workshop takes you a little deeper by unlocking pent up energy that is held in the body. Gentle Yoga, breathing techniques, and music opens up the soul and allows energy to flow onto the canvas. No previous painting or yoga experience is required. Just come with an open mind and heart.

Visit our Workshop Schedule page to register for these workshops.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Day of Nature Journaling With ShaDeeLa...

On Saturday, June 2nd, the ShaDeeLa team took "Nature Journaling" to a whole new level. The class, led by Dee, began with a sensory exercise. Each person had the opportunity to describe an object using all the senses while the rest of the class (with their eyes closed) had to guess what it was. A great exercise to sharpen the senses and hone in our descriptive language skills.

Participants brought in their own private collection of natural objects ranging from flowers to shells, feathers and bones. The class was guided through a series of "warm-up" exercises focusing on drawing techniques, hand lettering, color application and page layout.

In the center of the room a table filled with nature books, flowers, shells, insects and bird nests offered students all the reference they could possibly imagine.

Using the techniques they learned, students created the first page of their own personal Nature Journal. With an emphasis on "personal style", students were encouraged to explore their own unique way of expression. No "cookie cutter" images here!

Personalities blossomed as we witnessed the power of personal observation unfold onto the pages. It truly opened our eyes to the beauty of nature that we at times seem to take for granted, reminding us to
stop and take time to smell the roses.

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