You cannot teach people anything; you can only help them to find it within themselves. Galileo
I believe that each of us is an artist. I also believe that the very act of creation is a healing act. You needn’t have some horrible illness or challenge before you to benefit from this opportunity. Art is good. period. Art opens doors, calms the spirit and allows us to take a deep breath. It is my honor to facilitate creative opportunities for you. I am a mixed media artist. I love the opportunity that each medium provides. I use each for its greatest strength and then layer in the next and the next to create a most successful piece. I believe that art is not only a gift but absolutely is a spark, a breath of clean fresh air that invigorates your life. Recently I saw a poster that said, “do more of what makes you forget to look at your phone. AMEN!Art is an opportunity to do just that. Forget the speed of life, the texting, emails and such. The act of creation adds quality to life. Below are some opportunities that I have facilitated in the past. Sometimes workshops are to celebrate an occasion, friendships or team building. Sometimes participants seek to learn technique and practice. I am open to help you however I can. Remember- art is good…
To Register for any workshop –
please email Susan@CreateArt4Good.org and an invoice will be sent to you
Workshop Dates 2019
Send a little love month – February 2019 It is so interesting to me, it feels like we reserve celebrations and gift giving to the days the world has informed us that we should. I believe more than ever we need to share the deepest most powerful parts of ourselves: the ability to share love. So here is your challenge! In the month of February, there are twenty-three mailing days available. You are challenged to send a card/note/doodle or whatever you’d like to CREATE and put it in an envelope to mail to someone who just might need a little love, is having a birthday, is going through something, who makes you smile, who really needs a thank you for all they do, who … well, you get the idea. Each day I will post some sort of printable that you can use in your mailing. You are welcome to use them or not. This whole project should be pretty affordable. Stamps are about $13. a few envelopes, paper, and art supplies? You can do this for around $20. Want to join in? Send an email to me! Susan
Meditation is a profound spiritual practice that can be employed in any walk or stage of life. It has been proven by medical science that the act of meditation has profoundly positive effects on physical and mental well-being. This workshop begins with a brief meditation and then launches into a more active form of personal meditation. Using the principles of Mandala and Zentangle you are invited to create your own personal artistic mediation.
Mandala is a “sacred circle”. Tibetan monks and Native Americans use specially colored sand to create a meditation a prayer for a specific intention. Zentangle is a meditative form of drawing. Traditionally created as a tool for visualization and meditation, every single detail of a mandala—the design, the colors, and placement of symbols is deliberate.
Meditation and meditative drawing is a workshop that allows everyone (no artistic talent required) to explore in a safe and meditative environment explore self, your joys, your sorrows the creation of your mandala will be an experience like no other. Be still and listen…Creating a healing mandala a form of active meditation that quiets your mind and allows you to journey within making the invisible visible.
We will create using a variety of media.
February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, & June 3 – 10 am until noon
Mixed Media Workshop Mixed media is the best of all the processes for art. (in my humble opinion) Each medium has it’s own beautiful strength and lends itself to working in cooperation with others. This workshop will teach you the strengths and applications for a variety of media and then inspire you to apply them in your own unique and creative way. Each week we will build on the previous week.
- water media (both water watercolor and acrylic)
- colored pencil
5-week workshop- 2 hours a day. $145- most supplies included
March 13, 20, 28, April 3, 10 4-6pm or Evening workshop tickets
March 14, 21, 28 April 4 & 11 10 am- 12 noon Daytime workshop tickets
Watercolor Wonders I- Beginner workshop (little or no experience required) Experience the joy of watercolor painting. This workshop is designed to inspire your success with a new medium. Are you curious about the versatility and gifts of watercolors? You will learn techniques, how to create magic and have some fun with this delightful medium. You will become familiar with watercolor materials, color mixing and painting techniques in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Don’t be intimidated any longer – come learn to paint!
Workshop fee: $145 Most materials included (four weeks/ 2.5 hours each week) Meeting dates: March 22, 29, April 5 & 12 10 am- 12:30 pm
Where- Create Art 4 Good Studios located at 1115 E. Main Street. (Create Art 4 Good is in the historic Hungerford building at the corner of Goodman and E. Main Street) Please walk toward the smokestacks enter through door #5. You can find this behind door #4 which is parallel to the flagpole in the parking lot. The suite is #203 – the second floor, left at the glass door, right down the little hall.
Bring- You are welcome to bring something to drink or something to snack on as you wish. Water, coffee, and hot tea are available at the gallery. Everything you need to create some fun and wonderful art will be provided. Also provided are special Create Art 4 Good aprons to protect your clothing. The inks and paints we use will stain, you may wish to wear older clothes.
Doing good things! I’d like to share with you that 20% of your workshop fee goes to support “The Barbara Carmen Creative Experience Fund”. This offers an opportunity to those being treated with breast cancer to enjoy a workshop at Create Art 4 Good free or at a reduced cost. Thank you for your support!
Meditation and Meditative drawing Meditation is a profound spiritual practice that can be employed in any walk or stage of life. It has been proven by medical science that the act of meditation has profoundly positive effects on physical and mental well-being. This workshop begins with a brief meditation and then launches into a more active form of personal meditation. Using the principles of Mandala and Zentangle you are invited to create your own personal artistic mediation. Meditation and meditative drawing is a workshop that allows everyone (no artistic talent required) to explore in a safe and meditative environment explore self, your joys, your sorrows the creation of your mandala will be an experience like no other. Creating a wonderful piece of art as a form of active meditation that quiets your mind and allows you to journey within making the invisible visible. We will create using graphite, colored pencils & ink.
Meditation and Meditative drawing -$35 includes all materials – 2.5 hours Minimum 6 people- Maximum 20
Meditation -Watercolor, & meditative drawing Meditation allows you to center and thrive! The wonderful thing about meditating and creating is that the peace you experience while meditating inspires a permanent reminder of that sacred space. This workshop shares methods for meditating as well as some simple and accessible techniques that are sure to inspire! This wonderful workshop begins with letting go of the stress you may have felt before walking in the studio door. We will create some active meditative art by beginning with some watercolor for the background. We will move through some meditation and then use techniques found in the art of Zentangle and Mandala to create a beautiful work. While watercolor experience is helpful, it is not necessary to leave with a stunning piece of art. No artistic experience or special talents are needed to be successful in this workshop
Meditation & Prayer Flags Create an active prayer! Place your cares and concerns on a piece of fabric and then release those cares to the universe! Our cares and concerns know no season, you may hang your prayer flag outdoors winter, spring, summer or autumn! Prayer flags date back thousands of years, to pre-Buddhist Tibet. Traditionally primary colors were created on cloth. Symbols and writings embodied the elements – earth, water, fire, air & space. The flags were used for healing ceremonies. This workshop invites you to create your own prayer flags. We will create on pre-stitched cloth and use a more contemporary mixed media approach to this spiritual art. NO experience is required it is only necessary to bring your sense of adventure with you. What might you create a prayer flag for? Your intent might be for peace in the world, a burden on your heart or simply for light in the world. Your options are limitless.
Cost of the workshop including materials $35 Minimum 6 people – Maximum 20
Gratitude Journal Workshop- Gratitude as a way of life is inspired by consciously noting every possible blessing. How easily we forget the richness of our lives when we are faced with profound challenges. Gratitude offers perspective. In this workshop, we will create gratitude journals that will serve as a platform for your thoughts on gratitude. After the completion of the workshop journal prompts will be shared with each participant. No artistic skill is required, this is easy and accessible to everyone. Participants may way to bring old greeting cards, ticket stubs, photographs, and other ephemera. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks to enjoy while working on your journal.
Cost of workshop: $80 including materials Minimum 6 people- Maximum 10 – 5 hour workshop
Garden Journal Workshop Be inspired! The growing season is here! There might not be anything better than keeping track of the success of your garden by noting the plants, seeds, and growth of your gardens not to mention having the opportunity to draw or photograph it. During this day-long workshop, we will create a beautiful journal for you to do just that! We will use a variety of papers (some of which you create), collage and found materials to begin your official garden journal for 2019. How wonderful to have detail recorded in one beautiful place. We will even create pockets to hold photographs, seed packets, and sketches. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks to enjoy while working on your journal.
Cost of workshop: $80 – including materials Minimum 6 people Maximum 10 – 5-hour workshop
Paint and Pour with canvas Be inspired to create your own version of a masterpiece! This adult painting workshop will walk you through the creation process of your own painting. Bring an idea of your own or work with one of the inspired ideas found at the studio. You will learn a new skill or two, and create one-of-a-kind work of art! Workshop fee includes all materials, step by step instruction, and aprons. Please dress appropriately acrylic paints stain cloth.
Fee: $35 all materials included for 2.5-hour workshop Minimum 6 people Maximum 12
ATCs (Artist Trading cards)
Think baseball cards with artistic flair! Create small pieces of art that you trade for other people’s small pieces of art. This is not only fun, it is therapeutic and a great way to collect art from those you admire! The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. We will create cards in a variety of media, including pencil, colored pencil and watercolor. There will be an opportunity to trade cards if desired at the end of the workshop.
1.5 hour workshop- $25- all materials included Minimum 6 people- Maximum 12
Paint and Pour: Paint your own BEAUTIFUL custom wine glasses! What’s not to love about drinking out of a beautifully painted wine glass? The only thing better is if YOU created it! This workshop is easy and fun! You will learn step by step techniques to create your very own beautiful glasses.
Cost of the two-hour workshop:
$35 all materials included to create two wine glasses Minimum 6 people- Maximum 15
Prayer box- Begin with a wooden box and create a unique mixed media work of art that houses your dreams, cares, and wishes. You will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of sizes and shapes of premade boxes and then use the techniques of painting, collage, and assemblage to embellish and create your own beautiful prayer box. This workshop is accessible to any skill level, no artistic flair required to create a successful beautiful prayer box!
Workshop cost $40 – workshop fee $10 materials fee paid to the instructor 2.5 hours Minimum 6 people- Maximum 15
Mixed Media Art Journal Spend time creating an art journal that can be personalized for you or worthy of giving as a wonderful gift. You will learn successful mixed media techniques to create a one of a kind journal ready to receive your writings, ideas, thoughts or memories. We will create our own papers and embellishments to place in an ordinary sketchbook. We will make the ordinary EXTRAORDINARY! Feel free to bring photographs, inspiring imagery, old greeting cards, ticket stubs, and other ephemera to embellish your designs. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks to enjoy while working on your journal. 5 hour workshop
Workshop fee $80 including materials Minimum 6 people- Maximum 15
Private day/evening workshops:
Feel free to bring something to drink & Munchies- make it a party!
(Please do not remove any open bottle from the studio- it is NYS law) Only those over twenty-one will be permitted to drink alcohol
Private Workshops Available
- Prayer flags
- journal creation and more!
Would you like to have a private gathering for you and your friends and family, wedding party, team building party, birthday event or a creative night out? Gather 6-20 of your friends and reserve a special time JUST for you! Contact Susan with your dates and desires! Susan Carmen-Duffy