Are you looking to gain some new creative experiences and skills in the company of other community members? You’re in luck! Expressive Arts Burlington facilitates a number of workshops that explore different techniques, processes, and perspectives in expressive art-making.
Listed below are the latest workshops available to the public. Check the calendar for workshop updates and schedule changes. Be sure to read each workshop description and note the pre-registration policies, as some workshops require advance registration and payment by specific deadlines.
Inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 343-8172.
Dance, Paint, Write!
Wednesdays in March, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST
In studio and via Zoom
(series dates: 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29)
Dance, Paint, Write! is a body/mind/spirit energetic meditation. This process takes people into “the zone” or flow state. (defined as an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.) The intermodal process begins with each person standing or sitting ( according to ability*) in stillness as music plays. Each participant is encouraged to listen deeply to impulses in their body and intuitively begin to move, allowing the movement to develop into a personal dance all the while attuning to the music and the movements of the other movers in the room. From movement we shift to intuitive painting and allow the paintbrush and colors to find their place on the page. The process then continues with free writing followed by a simple writing prompt that pulls the whole experience together. Each session concludes in a safe, supportive share and witness process where all interested can share their reflections.
This process is designed to be accessible to all individuals, regardless of mobility. Open to adults and teens. Appropriate for complete beginners and movers, artists and writers of all skill levels. This offering is suggested to be purchased in the 4 session series.
COST: $80 for the series (4 sessions) or $25 per session
Broken Bowl Solo or Partner Workshop
Sunday, March 26th, 9:30 – 4:30 PM
This full day workshop is inspired by the teachings of Kintsugi, the Japanese philosophy which states that “the value of an object is not in its beauty, but in its imperfections.” Imperfections, it says, are something to celebrate, not hide.
Join us in the studio as we ritualistically break, paint and repair a bowl. The bowl represents us being transformed into something new, honoring our uniqueness, our beauty, our story.
Participants will engage in an intermodal process that blends ritual, writing, and visual art. The bowl will choose you and you will bond together in a writing process. Bowls are then broken, pieces are painted, and bit-by-bit, pieced back together in a process of reconfiguration that takes on its own significance in the journey. We reconvene as a group, present with one another to share and witness our experiences in a safe, supportive setting. No prior art experience required.
This iteration of Broken Bowl is open to the public as a workshop designed for solo participants or partnered. The ritual will be adapted to suit the needs of a duo, providing a larger, shared bowl to break and reassemble together. Register solo or with a friend, a partner, a colleague, or a relative to embark on a collaborative experience. All are welcome.
COST: $125 per person (materials included)
In Studio: $125
Story Cloth: A Visual Storytelling Workshop
Sunday, April 16th, 9:00 – 4:30 PM EST
In Studio and via Zoom
Story Cloth is a form of non-verbal self expression that can depict experiences of joy, inspiration and healing. Experiences of trauma or grief, that may be hard to express in words, can also be stitched into cloth in an easily understood language of personal expression.
This workshop taps into a creative revival of passing on family stories, recovering dream imagery or making political statements in cloth as many cultures around the world have done for generations.
Come to the studio and stitch, tack, weave or hot glue your personal story in this full day celebration of fabric, yarn and mixed media materials.
A mountain of materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring fabric trimmings, embroidery floss, buttons, beads, nature materials, etc. (that may or may not have sentimental meaning) to use or to share.
Nomad Cafe offers 10% discount for participants. City Market is across the street. You are welcome to bring a lunch from home. Register early as space is limited!
Intro to SoulCollage®
Intro to SoulCollage® is an excellent way to experiment with the art of collage. This workshop is a deeply personalized creative experience structured around the SoulCollage® method which engages our intuition, dream images, archetypes and internal cast of characters. This workshop is open to all and can be a useful tool for those working in the healing and helping professions. This SoulCollage® intro can be used towards the pre-requisites for taking the official SoulCollage® facilitator training.
“Stir together the ingredients of your imagination and intuition with a few powerful, cut-out images, and you can create your first SoulCollage® card. After that you will probably want to make a second, a third, and, over time, many more. Gradually you can create your deck of very personal cards….they will help you explore your Soul, your shadow, and your inborn gifts.”—Seena Frost