Facing Your Fears Workshop
Are you afraid of the blank canvas, so much so that you find it difficult to begin?
Do you long to create art journal pages or paintings on canvas but find yourself stuck or paralyzed by fear more often than you actually create?
Is perfectionism or the fear of messing it up getting in the way of you having a productive art life and putting your work out there?
This course will show you some basic steps and techniques for getting started and getting past your fears. Whether you are a beginner or an emerging artist who finds themselves having a hard time getting to the page and/or sharing their work, this course will give you some tools you can use to manage your fear.
We will explore what the fears are, where they may have come from, and their distinct voices and how they affect your art life. We will also explore your voice of truth.
We will use some getting started techniques to get around the fear and manage the anxiety you may be feeling around creating.
We will learn to let our creativity flow and see what happens, using our mistakes” as happy accidents.
We will learn how to use our intuition to get to the next step and the next.
Finally we will create portraits of courage in which we explore the traits that will keep us moving boldly in our art and in our lives.
Self Study Version
“I participated in the Facing your Fears Workshop in July 2013 and found it to be a very meaningful and enriching experience. Because of it I was able to push myself to accomplish at least 4 goals that I have been procrastinating on. Stephanie’s gentle but wise coaching really helped me to see certain things in my life in a whole new light. The art assignments were fun and exciting and I loved the art videos. This workshop was a highlight in my year.“
Dundee, South Africa
This is a four week mixed media healing art course. The emphasis is on the practice of paying attention to your thoughts and emotions, your intuition, and moving beyond perfectionism into owning your courage in your artistic life. All of the concepts taught can be translated and used with fears in your life.
Each week there will be an art/coaching video in which I talk about the concepts for that week and model the process with my own art. There will also be a pdf with all of that week’s lesson plus the journaling and art prompts.
The course is based on the following concepts:
You can change what you think and how you handle your own thoughts.
You don’t have to believe everything you think.
Fear does not go away.
Fear makes a good case for itself and is usually very reasonable and so you need a voice to talk back to it.
Feel the fear and do it anyway is a primary way of walking with your fear and not letting it control you.
Fear is often is a signal that we are on the verge of growth.
The flip side of fear is excitement. We must be able to own and enjoy our excitement and know the difference.
You have a higher self/voice of truth/true self (many names for it) that knows the truth of who you are beyond your fears. This voice needs to be nurtured and cultivated.