Time: 5pm – 6:30pm (MST)
Happy, sad, mad, excited, exhausted, worried, afraid…we’ve all been there and we can all let it out through color and layers. Process art can actually be very therapeutic and healing, but we are not going to label it and put any expectations on it! Color journaling is a way to create for the process instead of a product, and open up to your authentic self. Creating for process is all about letting go of expectations, judgments, and technique. It’s about tuning in, trusting your intuition, and taking risks. Come as you are and enjoy a night of being present and trusting your true creative self in a supportive environment.
Process painting is all about letting go of expectations, judgments, and technique. There is no right or wrong here. Come as you are and enjoy a night of trusting your creative self in a supportive environment.
In this 90 min. workshop you will practice using a sketchbook and simple materials to explore what wants to be expressed in that moment. We will show up as we are. No prep or skill required (often, the people that embrace this practice the easiest are the ones that have no background or experience with art!). What we practice together can be done again and again, as often as you like on your own.
Bring 2 things:
- A sketchbook of any size or type (9×12 or 6×9 work great if you have to get one) Printer paper will also be just fine in a pinch if using dry materials.
- Any art materials you have at home with COLOR
- Suggested (oil pastel, crayon, chalk pastel, or simple paint like tempera or watercolor) Note: If choosing paint, all you need is a small, medium, and bigger brush. Whatever feels right to you.
- These will also work and are suggested for those that like to be very detailed (colored pencil or markers).
If you’re not sure, choose oil pastel or watercolor.
This process works best with materials that color in spaces quickly and can be layered easily. It’s also best to use simple materials that don’t require special techniques or tools that will take a lot of time to execute and get in the way of letting the process flow. Use what you have or are comfortable with. Save trying something new for another day.
Andrea Rollins, co-founder of artSPARK Creative Studio
Andrea says, “I am someone who has always followed what I love to do no matter if I feel ready or ‘qualified’ Much of what I’ve done in my life has scared me to do it. I think this is why I love process art and creating without a plan and end product in mind. It takes away any expectations, rules, judgment, right, or wrong. It doesn’t have to be ‘beautiful.’ You just do it, and are present, letting go and finding connection with yourself all at the same time.”
Graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 with a BFA in Industrial Design, and a Masters in Education with a focus on Teaching Through the Arts from Lesley University, Andrea has spent the last 20 years seeking out ways to keep creating , but it wasn’t until she discovered process painting and let go of the product, focusing instead on the process, that made her feel alive and excited about creating again. Andrea says, “process painting helped me get more in tune with my true self and created an awareness and insight that I had never experienced before.” Throughout her career, Andrea has worked in schools, day cares, after care programs, and summer camps, with the majority of her teaching being directly with art.
In 2016 Andrea left the school system with a colleague and co-founded artSPARK Creative Studio, an art studio in Littleton, Colorado, bringing a unique approach and philosophy on creating to families in the larger Denver area.