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Paint Like a Kid Again - Level I

  • Diversified Health and Wellness Center 11042 Manchester Rd Kirkwood, MO 63122 United States (map)

LEVEL I - This is a 3 part class series - (1.5 hrs each)

Tuesday Sept 11 - 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday Sept 18 - 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday Sept 25 - 5:30 - 7:00 pm

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Drop in - $20
AdultStudent/Senior (55+) - $16

3-class Series - $48
AdultStudent/Senior (55+) - $42

6-class Series - $90
AdultStudent/Senior (55+) - $72

Offering childcare - $4/child/hr

All prices include materials fees


Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” I love this quote because Picasso quickly figured out that in order to create something so radical and new that changed art forever, he needed to look inside himself to a time when art was free, experimental and playful, not following what masters had done before him. He needed to go back to when he felt like he was exploring painting/art for the first time. Picasso was absolutely right in my mind. I have found that creating my own work in abstraction, honoring how children play and create art is the best place to start. It frees our adult minds up from self-judgment and self-criticism which so often hinders our progress and creates a flood of doubt before we even begin! There are no mistakes in painting and in this class we will explore how to begin to trust your own intuition, listen to your inner voice, try something new and trust the process.

We all just “made art” when we were children. We never thought about what was beautiful or not or analyze why we did this or not do that etc. So we all intuitively know how to do to it. It’s in the “act of doing” do we explore, create and find the rich spontaneity that comes with painting in this unique style. The process of painting is how we play, not the final result.

Join me for this special introduction series to creating abstract paintings. We will begin classes with a short meditation and then I will offer different exercises to free your mind and get yourself “out of your own head” so that you have the space to experiment, have fun and to PLAY like a kid again. I will offer a quick demo to see how I work and to offer suggestions and options on how to start exploring a painting. Each class will end with a quick sharing and reflection time because receiving and hearing feedback from fellow artists provides such a unique and valuable part of the process of making.

You do not need to know anything about art to take this class. This class is perfect for anyone who is willing to try something new. If you have never thought of yourself as an artist but seem to be drawn to something different and don’t know how to begin, this class is for you. And, if you feel you are artistically-inclined or even craft minded and always wanted to start painting abstractly (like I did myself over 10 yrs ago), this is great place to start.

Above all, I have designed this class to be the perfect intro to see if painting in the abstract style is something that you enjoy and loose yourself in the process of making and sharing what you’re learning with others in the class.

If it is, then after completing the intro, you can also continue to my next class - Deeper into Abstraction - Level II. Or if you would like to keep taking Level I for more time exploring these exercises, the Level I class will repeat every 3 weeks.

Later Event: September 16
Paint Like a Kid Again - Workshop