The Brain Benefits of Creative Arts

brain benefits of creative arts

Thinking about art is good, making art is better!

The Brain Benefits of Creative Arts

We know that viewing art can affect us in positive ways, open us up to new experiences and enhance our quality of life. But did you know that trying to paint a masterpiece is better than just looking at one? In this post, we’ll take a look at the many brain benefits of creative arts and how to make use of the various art forms to help your brain stay sharp!

Every time you participate in a complex activity such as participating in creative art-making, your brain creates new connections as different parts of the brain communicate with each other. With the development of new neural pathways, researchers have found that people who create art show remarkable improvements in:

  • cognitive function and problem solving abilities
  • stress-relief and emotional well-being
  • the development of personal expression and self-awareness
  • psychological resilience and capacity to recall information and memory processing

The benefits for those who create art are significantly higher when compared with those who simply study art appreciation. The take home message here is: creating art has a positive impact on the brain.

Why is it important to maintain a healthy brain?

Chronic illness, diseases and conditions are on the rise
More and more people are living with chronic illnesses and diseases and are facing longer recovery times and hospital stays. Art-making is an effective preventative tool in managing chronic disease, and physical and mental health stresses (depression, anxiety, chronic pain), and is becoming an essential and vital component to our health care system.

Baby boomers are aging in Canada and dementia and other cognitive/memory health issues are on the rise
Creative outlets such as dance, drama, singing, painting, and writing have profound social, medical, physical and emotional effects on those who participate, especially in older adults. Studies show that those affected by Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases flourish when participating in creative activities. Expressive and creative arts promote healthy living and enhance brain function as we get older. See this graphic on the implication of Dementia in Canadian society and the significant role of creative arts is now taking in wake of this medical crisis.

The brain can be shaped and re-shaped and adapt – participating in art allows the brain’s two hemispheres to work together at the same time!

How can you experience the brain benefits of creative arts right now?

“Drawing is an amazing process that requires precise orchestration of multiple brain mechanisms.

–Dr. Lora Likova

Go back to basics: pick up a pencil and draw!
Yes, adult colouring is seriously in style, but did you know that doodling and drawing, as well as coming up with your own ideas of what to draw (instead of just colouring in the lines), uses all five regions of the brain? Drawing involves spatial orientation, visual processing, memory, precise motor planning and motor control as well as movement and other diverse cognitive functions. See Dr. Lora Likova’s research for an in depth look on the affects of drawing on the brain here.

You can also pick up one of these top doodle/journal books to get you started:

Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel takes the time to ask important questions about life and dreams and encourages creative and thought provoking responses through catchy prompts.

The Happy Book by Rachel Kempster and Meg Leder offers creative prompts, places to make lists, fill in the blanks, drawing, and activities and wacky ideas focusing on what makes you glad and happy.

Take a Line for a Walk by Robin Linda has gathered some of the best drawing prompts from artists, architects, and illustrators in this spiral-bound book awaiting your creativity!

How to be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad): A Creative Workbook by Lee Crutchley is a supportive and interactive book that engages readers who may have anxiety and depression by putting things into new and different perspectives.

Try drawing with both hands at the same time!
This gets both the left and right side of the brain working at the same time! Simply start with one piece of paper and two pens and create designs that are mirror images from each other. For further directions, click here to see the a video of how to do it!

Express your creativity with music!
If you play an instrument, be intentional this week and set aside some time to play some tunes. Music is good for your noggin! Want to learn more about this? Check out this article on music and its benefits for the brain.

Listen to music while doing something creative!
If you don’t play an instrument, do the next best thing and groove to some music while doing something creative. The combination of motor skills and cognitive functions is what activates our brain muscles! Try knitting, needle work, crochet, animation or Manga, car kits, boat or airplane kits to put together or even Lego! Drawing to music….now that’s mind-blowing!

Brain Benefits of Creative Arts: In The Studio

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Hopefully by now we’ve convinced you of the brain benefits of creative arts. We have plenty of things in our art studio that will spark your imagination and flex your brain muscles and really get those creative juices flowing!

Drawing tools and sketching objects
We have a wide range of pencils, pens, charcoal, chalk, and other drawing tools as well as objects to sketch. We have a changing selection of still life objects for you to use based on your own interests. The selections range from large branches, shells and textured feathers, to miniature replicas of cars, embroidered lace, stones, and playful figures such as ceramic birds. We always have a mirror on hand for those self-portraits!

Origami and Paper Cutting Crafts
Origami and paper cutting crafts are great ways to participate in a creative activity and engage the brain. They develops fine motor skills, activate the right and left hemispheres of the brain, allow for imagination and require attention, patience, and the use of memory. Most of all, they help you develop pride and satisfaction in your work! If you’re interested in origami, we have an assortment of origami kits, books on origami and a beautiful selection of origami paper for you to choose from. We also have several types of paper and books on paper cutting and projects ready to go at any skill level!

Creative Cues
We several prompts that we call “creative cues,” that act as starting points to get your creative juices flowing! “Creative Cues – Images” are a collection of images and quotes that help to inspire and facilitate the beginning of the creative process and allow you to narrow down your focus. “Draw Straws” are straws that have instructions at the bottom of each end. You simply choose a straw and draw whatever it indicates. Examples of this are: “Draw something that starts with the letter M;” “Create an image only using circles;” “Re-create a scene from your most recent dream,” and many more!

You can see examples of what we have in the studio in the images above, as well as the image below. We look forward to seeing you in the studio!

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Producing art gives our brain a workout and creates optimal brain health! When we participate in doing something creative, we help our brains and ourselves become happier and healthier!

 

Social Health Benefits of Creativity

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Create and Connect: The Social Health Benefits of Creativity!

Creative activity has a long history of being done in community with other people!

Artistic traditions around the world have master-artist-apprentice relationships, craftsman guilds, groups of artists and societies who work side by side swapping creative ideas, techniques, tools of the trade, and most notably social engagement and comradery. Just like Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh (along with Paul Cézanne, and Emily Bernard), Canada’s own Group of Seven, or even our own local Artists in the Village Society and South Delta Artists Guild, artists get together to discuss their opinions and share their art. The social health benefits of creativity are not a new concept, people have been experiencing it for years!

Doing something creative with others is not simply something we do for fun, it’s good for us too!

Those that create in the presence of others are:

  • More likely to have wider social networks
  • More likely to have a sense of purpose and belonging in a group
  • More likely to have a reduced sense of social isolation and marginalization

This is just the beginning of the social benefits of creativity! Let’s look at one of the groups that makes up a large part of South Delta, and is near and dear to our hearts: seniors.

The Importance of Creative arts for at Risk Populations: Seniors

Seniors have been classified as a high risk population for social isolation. Initiatives such as The Arts and Health Project: Healthy Aging Through The Arts recognize the role creative arts play in the health of seniors. Vancouver Coastal Health, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation along with other associations and local communities, collaborated on this project to encourage and develop creative arts programs for seniors to benefit their overall sense of wellbeing and belonging. Below is a link to a video giving you a taste of what the project is all about!

Introductory Video For the Arts and Health Project

Specifically for seniors, doing something creative enhances quality of life and provide the following benefits:

  • Less need for medications
  • Fewer visits to the doctor
  • Reduction in loneliness
  • Increase in daily activities
  • Better physical health
  • Better morale
  • Wider social network to draw from in times of need

The social health benefits of creativity are wide and far reaching, especially for seniors! See this great graphic on Creative Aging by Arts and Health Network Canada that explains this these points further. Not a senior? There’s great benefits for you too, read on!

Here are a few things that you can do right now to experience the social health benefits of creativity!

  1. Join a club, guild, society, or group based on your own creative interests (creative writing club, pottery guild, book club, artist’s group). It’s likely you’ll meet a wide range of people who have a passion for the same things you do and who can also teach you something new! Try social sites like Facebook or MeetUp to find a group based on your own creative interests and geographical area.
  2. If you’re not quite at the face-to-face meet and greet stage, join an online/virtual community based around your particular creative interest (a photography board, a scrapbooking site). This allows you to post pictures of your creations, get feedback, search for ideas on your next project, and ask questions about particular techniques. As long as you are contributing and participating in this virtual community the social health benefits are there.
  3. Incorporate creative play into your social life! Switch it up and skip the movies! What about playing some board games with your family and friends for some laugh-out loud-fun? Pictionary, Teletrations, and Cranium are great games that use words to spur on drawing or sculpting actions. Here is a list of a few other games that use storytelling and words that will really get your creative juices flowing and have your group howling with laughter!

Our Open Studio Sessions Promote Social Interaction

Social interaction is the foundation for the social health benefits of creativity. If you are not already aware, our Open Studio Sessions are quite different than your typical art class and here’s how:

  1. Our Open Studio Sessions are for all ages
    • So many artistic programs are segregated based on age, which makes it hard for many do to art together. Our program is open to anyone of any age!
    • This means that families who have children with different age-ranges can make art together, grandparents can make art alongside their grandchildren, and even friends or spouses can come for a night out or bring their parents for a special time together.
    • We are all about creating an environment where creativity is being shared cross-generationally.
    • We have a special rates for kids under 13, families, and seniors!
  2. Our Open Studio Sessions are open to anyone and inclusive of all abilities
    • We encourage people who have different physical, medical, mental, emotional, and developmental abilities to attend our sessions and work alongside each other. The social health benefits of creativity are especially important across ages and abilities.
    • Community programs are wonderful for accommodating their target population, but most can only offer programs based on age and diagnosis. This prevents people with different diagnoses and ages from spending time with each other in creative and social environments. Families, siblings and close friends may also have a limited opportunity to do something together.
    • We want to promote an environment of inclusion by giving people of all abilities a place to meet and mingle with others who are both similar and different from them.
    • We also want to give much needed respite support to caregivers by offering them a place to unwind and do something creative!
    • If you are on Income Assistance or Persons With Disability benefits, your sessions are half-price, and personal attendants are free!
  3. Our Open Studio Sessions are flexible
    • We have no expiry date on gift cards for Open Studio Sessions, and our sessions run every Monday evening and Wednesday during the day. Other art programs often have a set number of classes, rigid schedule, and fees where your payments expire.
    • We understand that because we are social beings, life gets busy and sometimes other things (mental health issues, chronic pain, travel, children) may get in the way of attending sessions regularly. This is why we have such a flexible program, and why our multi-session gift cards have no expiry date.
    • Being part of a community means creating activities around community needs and this is what we have tried to do.
  4. Our Open Studio Sessions cater to a variety of interests
    • We know that people all have different interests so we have stocked our art studio with a wide variety of art materials that you can choose from during your visit. You can socialized with your loved ones, or meet new people while working on something that is completely unique and of interest to you! You can even switch to something else whenever you want.
    • We offer gentle guidance and instruction during art sessions at the beginning of each class.
    • Here are a few of the things we have in our art studio: 
      • Acrylic paint (Kroma Paint from Granville Island), oil paint and tempera paint
      • Water-colour crayons, pencil crayons, pens, liquid and pallet paint
      • Scrapbooking paper, punches, and other accessories
      • Oil and chalk pastels
      • Beads and jewellery making accessories
      • Huge assortment of drawing implements pens, pencils, ink pens, markers, crayons, pencil crayons, geometry kits, shapes and templates
      • Adult Colouring books, how-to books on techniques, books on calligraphy and lettering, on contemporary and historical artists
      • Large assortment of still life objects and images for creative inspiration
      • Variety of paper, canvas board, cardboard suitable to use for pen, sketching, water-colour, tracing, pastel and charcoal. Bring your own canvas or purchase one for nominal fee
      • Scratch board
      • Lino-cut and soft-cut printmaking
      • Wood-burning tools. Bring your own wooden object or select from ones from our collection for a nominal fee
      • Air-drying clay
      • Magic sand and white-sand
      • Assortment of kid-friendly craft materials for collage
      • More creative arts activities are available — if what you are interested in is not on our list, just ask!
  5. Special Interest Classes
    • We have started to develop programing geared towards the interests and tastes of our community.
    • Our Be Inspired Spring Break Camp is providing an opportunity for kids to get involved with art over Spring Break!
    • We currently have a Friday Night Knitting Club that meets once a month! It is for all ages, genders, and stages (beginners to advanced). Basic instruction is offered and shared by those who attend. Entrance is by donation and all proceeds go toward our Step Forward Program. Read about the event here.
    • We want to listen to you! If you have a programming idea from the community and want to share it with us, get it touch.
    • We have a few programs in the works, so check back with us and wait and see what we have coming up!

We look forward to having you in the studio to experience the social health benefits of creativity for yourself!

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social health benefits of creativity

Creative Arts And Health

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“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” 

— Pablo Picasso

Creative Arts and Health

We are starting a new blog series called the impact of creative arts and health. The posts in this series will talk about a range of health topics and give you some ideas on how to incorporate more creative activities into your daily life!  We are also going to highlight some of the resources we offer in our art studio.

What are the real benefits of the creative arts and health?

Listening to music, writing in a journal, painting or sketching, or being part of a social group such as a drama group or book club is an effective way to stimulate the brain, and anyone can do it. We know it’s good for us, but in what ways?

Mental Health Benefits

Participating in creative activity can reduce stress, strengthen the immune system and protect against depression and anxiety. Doing something creative gives your brain a break from usual stresses and thoughts. It can improve self-confidence, self-esteem and positive identity. People who create art are more likely to practice self-reflection, self-care, and are more likely to be open to positive perceptions of their own health and their goals about their own health.

Social Health Benefits

People who engage in creative activities are more likely to have wider social networks, have a sense of belonging and purpose, engage in volunteering and are less likely to feel isolate and marginalized. Art provides an increased opportunity for multi-generational interactions and reduces discrimination between ages. All of this combines to provide a greater chance at a satisfying quality of life!

Brain Health

Challenging ourselves creatively can improve our memory, problem solving, maintain neuro-spactial functions as we age, and improve our ability to recall information and recognize and be aware of the world around us. Art gives our brains a workout!

Path to Healing

Creative engagement can provide an outlet for healing for those who have suffered abuse or trauma, and provides an avenue that may help us cope with a transitional event or stressful change in life. Artistic activities can be used as ways to explore emotions or a path to healing and can even be used to express ideas and solutions to larger social issues (addiction, bullying or domestic violence as an example).

Chronic Pain

Doing something creative can help us manage persistent pain and other chronic illnesses. It can be used as a distraction tool to keep the focus off the pain or illness and can aid in calming the mind and body.

Practical Strategies for Using Art To Improve Health At Home

Here are three quick exercises you can do at home to relax, de-stress, and get those creative juices flowing:

  1. Get your doodle on! Doodling is a great way to loosen up the mind and start to relax the body. Take a break and let your hand start moving and your imagination flow. Experiment with different lines, shapes, textures, swirls, and before you know it, you will have covered a whole page! Begin with a sheet of plain paper and start with a dot or line in the middle, the next step is up to you!
  2. Play dough is not just for kids! Pick some up from the store, use your own recipe, ask a friend or search online. Squash, stretch, and roll your stress away. Add essential oils for an extra boost of therapeutic benefit! Great to do with kids or on your own!
  3. Kinetic Sand or fine-grain sand!  If you haven’t yet tried any of these, they’re awesome! Kinetic Sand is a great sensory product that moves and melts in your hand is relaxing to play with. Fine grain sand also has Zen-like properties. Whether you choose to go to the beach or write your name in a sand tray using a rake or your finger, the act of moving sand in different directions and making different patterns is another great way to release tension.

Creative Arts and Health at the Alongside You Open Studio Sessions

Join us for coffee and tea in our Open Studio Sessions to unwind

We have a huge selection of gel pens, pencil crayons, markers, and more for all your doodling needs! We stock play dough for those of all ages, and have both kinetic and fine-grain sand if you are curious and want to give them both a try!

  1. Get your Zentangle on. Zentangle is a drawing activity invented by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, designed to make drawing meditative and accessible to all. Patterns and shapes are drawn inside a 3.5″ square piece of paper. It’s very mesmerizing and there is no erasing allowed! We have Zendoodle Kits, pre-cut papers ready for use, a wide variety of ink pens, Zendoodle books full of pattern ideas, and books on how to incorporate colour into your designs.
  2. Make prayer bead projects (necklaces and bracelets).  Many different groups of people, cultures and faiths have used beads in a variety of ways for reflection and contemplation. We have a variety of beads, charms, string, hemp, and jewellery-making tools and supplies at your disposal. Try something new and add it to your day as a reminder to take a moment yourself to breathe!
  3. Take up Knitting! We have a wide variety of knitting needles and yarn at your disposal! We even have a monthly Friday Night Knitting Club if that is of interest to you! The repetitive nature of activities such as knitting helps to quiet the nervous system, releasing dopamine, a natural anti-depressant!

Resources On The Impact of Creative Arts and Health

For a more detailed study on the benefits of Creative Arts and Health, check out the following resources! We hope they’re helpful for you and if you have questions we’re more than happy to sit down over a cup of coffee or tea and chat about it with you!

The Benefits of Crafting on Mental Health

CNN Article and Video Segment

Health and Art: An Overview

The art of being healthy: a qualitative study to develop a thematic framework for understanding the relationship between health and the arts. Davies, C. R., Knuiman, M., Wright, P., & Rosenberg, M. (2014). BMJ Open, 4(4), e004790–e004790.  Guided by the biopsychosocial model of health and theories of social epidemiology, the aim of this study was to develop a framework pertaining to the relationship between arts engagement and population health that included outcomes, confounders and effect modifiers.

Types of Creative Arts and Health

The connection between art, healing, and public health: a review of current literature. Stuckey, H. L., & Nobel, J. (2010). American Journal of Public Health, 100(2), 254–63.This review explores the relationship between engagement with the creative arts and health outcomes, specifically the health effects of music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression, and expressive writing. 

 

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Alcohol inks in the art studio

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Using Alcohol Inks to Create Art!

What are alcohol inks?

Alcohol inks are highly concentrated acid-free and permanent medium inks that can create vibrant effects when mixed and blended together. Alcohol inks have a process of their very own; when you mix them together, they react and blend in different ways! Because it takes a while for the piece to dry, and the due to unpredictable nature of the medium itself, using alcohol inks are pretty exciting because you never know how your work is going to turn out!

How can you use alcohol inks?

Alcohol inks are often used in scrapbooking or book altering applications or on plastic, tile, glass or metal surfaces because they adhere well and are bright and clear. Applying them to surfaces like yupo paper (a smooth waterproof synthetic tree-free paper) and canvas also are used. You can apply the paint with droppers, by using pouring methods, using straws, and other hand-held tools to spread the ink. Rotating your surface offers even more ways to enhance your piece and creates interesting shapes and mixtures. The alcohol paint itself comes in all sorts of different brands. The most common ones that you can find are Adirondack Alcohol Inks.

Making your own alcohol inks

Since alcohol inks are a little pricy, you may want to make your own! There are several ways to do so; mixing alcohol with fabric dye, acrylic paint, or liquid watercolour. As you experiment with each medium, you will learn that each have their own advantages, react differently and produce fascinating outcomes!

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Alcohol inks, beginning stages of experimenting on glossy paper

Artists who use alcohol inks

Louise Christian experiments with alcohol inks on yupo paper as seen in her piece, entitled Abstract Caverns (2014):

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Louise Christian Abstract Caverns (2014)

and in her other work in “ Alcohol ink and Quickie Tree Sketch in Pen” (2013):

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Louise Christian Alcohol ink and Quickie Tree Sketch in Pen (2013)

June Rollins is another artist that has mastered the art of using alcohol inks and creates pieces she calls “Dreamscapes.” In her piece, Dreamscape No. 167 (3×5), she uses multiple colours in layers then uses specks of alcohol over top to create a star-scape scene.

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June Rollins Dreamscape No. 167 (3×5)

See more of her work by clicking here.

Using alcohol inks also has some familiarity with aerial landscape art

So many artists have depicted views of the world from above. Australian Aboriginal artists use visual representations to reflect culturally relevant topographic features in the landscape, like watering holes, ancestral paths, and sacred sites.

Estelle Hogan, an aboriginal artist from the Spinifex People in Western Australia shows rock holes and the seven sisters (from The Dreaming) coming to take a drink. For a more detailed description of the painting, click here.

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Estelle Hogan (2002)

Scottish landscape artist, Alison McGill, mixes oil paint and was to create visions of the land and sea that reflects geographical and aerial images, very much like the finishes that you get with alcohol ink.

In her pieces “Coastal Aerial View,” “Aqual Aerial View,” and she uses a blend oil and wax colours to create movement and flow, much like reactions in alcohol ink painting.

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Alison McGill Coastal Aerial View

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Alison McGill Aqua Aerial View

 

My work in the studio

In my recent piece, “Coastal Waters,” I have used a mixture of Rite Dye and Isopropanol alcohol and also thinned acrylic paint and isopropanol alcohol (99%) to create a “view from above” much like geographical images.

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Meg Neufeld Coastal Waters (2016)

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Whether you want to create a few new journal pages using alcohol back splashes or create a cosmic/landscape inspired canvas, exploring with alcohol ink is a mesmerizing medium that is relaxing and fun! As you wait and watch its natural movement and reaction, it has a calming effect and is good for the soul! *Bring your own canvas or purchase one in our studio.

Watercolour in the Open Studio Sessions

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Doing Wonders With Watercolour!

 

The Different Types

Did you know that there are different kinds of watercolour paints to choose from? There are several types:

  1. Pallets
  2. Traditional cream tubes
  3. Pencils
  4. Crayons
  5. Inks or liquids

Each type of medium can give your work a range of different outcomes, especially when you apply them using various techniques. You can change the look by the amount of diluting that occurs using colour, the use of different brushes, layering colours at different drying stages, and applying colour to a range of watercolour papers. Using a spray bottle with water can disperse the paint and even adding a pinch of salt over your piece can create snowflake droplets, adding texture to your piece.

Versitility

Using a medium like watercolours allows you to create motion and movement into your work and can be combined with other mediums such as oil pastels, ink, chalk, pen, and oil paint to create amazing multi-media art pieces!

Paul Klee: Watercolour and Multi-Medium Artist

Swiss-born Paul Klee is an artist who has used watercolour to create abstract explorations in Expressionism and Cubism. His travels to Tunisia and his background as a violinist no doubt influenced his work in pattern and colour exploration. You can read more about his biography here on this website.

In Emerging From the Gray of Night (1918), he uses ink and watercolours:

Here, Klee applies watercolour using a spatula in The Future Man (1933):

In Fish Magic (1925), Klee mixes two mediums – oil and watercolour – and covers it in varnish:

Klee uses watercolour on a chalk background in Hermitage (1918):

Klee deliberately layers shades of watercolour as it dries to create degrees of colours in his work Crystal Gradation (1921):

 

In the Studio This Week

Whether you want to come and explore the multimedia or layering techniques of Paul Klee, the vibrant inks for art journaling pages or prefer to experiment with more muted tones of pallets for composing a landscaping painting, we welcome you to try our vast array of watercolour materials in our art studio! Gentile guidance is available: how to add colour to your page, how to set up a sky, how to paint trees, or even learn how to start calligraphy or adding salt to your pages. Come and join us this week!

Painting Pictures With Paper – Open Studio Sessions

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It’s all about Painting Pictures with Paper!

We’re painting pictures in the studio this week by exploring images and creating them using paper. Paper is extremely versatile and comes in different colours, textures, thicknesses, finishes, and weights. From simple to elaborate, a paper collage can be a really fun way to experiment creatively and try something different for a change.

Choose from our variety of papers: magazines, sheets of music, origami paper, scrapbooking paper, wax paper, coffee filters, tissue paper, wall paper, corrugated paper, cardboard, foil, dress making paper patterns and even good old tractor feed computer paper! Use these to create a vast array of finished collage projects. Come with your own ideas, or be inspired by some of our in-studio examples. Here are some neat artists who are known for their paper arts and a few examples of paper pictures to get you started!

Artist and activist Sandhi Schimmel Gold uses 100% hand-cut recycled paper waste material, such as magazines, newsprint, greeting cards, and flyers and transforms them into paper portraits with a strong message:

“My work reflects society’s obsession with beauty in advertising. My junk-mail mosaic portraits are a purposeful intermix of thousands of pieces — images and text — hand cut and manipulated to assemble a newly envisioned portrayal of beauty, utilizing materials that would otherwise go to waste.”
– Sandhi Schimmel Gold

Schimmel Art

For amazing collage sculptures that are made by layering paper cuttings and applying gauche for detail, check out local Victoria artist Morgana Wallace!

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Here are a few neat paper collage images!

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Nancy Standlee

Painting pictures using paper is a great way to expand your repertoire of techniques, and also to get out of a creative rut. As painters, sometimes we feel stuck in a medium, or like we end up painting the same thing over and over again. Using a different medium forces our brain to exercise another part of itself, and often creativity pours out because we’ve uncorked a blockage. We’d love for you to join us at our Open Studio Sessions this week on Monday from 6-9pm or Wednesday from 10am-1pm. See you there!

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