Create With Me

Hello, dear artistic one!

Thank you for visiting and exploring “Create with me”! Art is not only for aesthetics to beautify our living spaces! I truly believe that when we take the opportunity to create, we also heal, we calm our busy lives, we focus on taking a moment, we inspire joy!  One of my greatest joys is the opportunity to open the door to creativity for a fellow human. I truly believe that you have art within you, we might need to tease it out a little, but I believe it is fully there! There are so many ways to create art! Let’s work together to find what makes your artist heart sing!

As a mixed media artist, I am intoxicated with the idea of layering materials to create a piece of art that reflects my heart. I employ the use of a variety of materials, methods, and, media!

It is my great honor to work with you to open the door to your creativity. I have had the privilege of working with young and young at heart (ages 2- 93) for over thirty years! 

I am happy to work with you in the following media/techniques:             

  • watercolor
  • acrylic
  • Colored pencil
  • ink
  • collage
  • mixed media
  • monoprinting
  • mandala (and other meditative arts)

I facilitate group workshops as well as work more privately. Private lessons range between $35-45 an hour and have a minimum of a two-hour commitment. Below you will find opportunities in my studio as well as others in the Rochester area. 

I look forward to working with you! 

Susan

Questions… please email Susan@CreateArt4Good.org

2020 Workshops 

Current Offering:

Workshops for Create Art 4 Good

Watercolor Wednesdays- Have you tried to make friends with this medium and struggled a bit? Spend an hour each Wednesday in practice, learn some tips that will help you be successful, and make friends with this incredible medium!  You need watercolor paper (140lb is suggested) watercolors, a variety of brushes, two containers of clean water, paper towel or rags, and an open heart! Other materials will be discussed during the workshop!

Session 1 begins September 9 and ends September 30th- 1 hour each session 10-11 am. $50 To Register email Susan and you will be invoiced for your workshop fees

The Sassy Snail Mail Series- Greeting cards are NOT just pieces of paper. They are thoughtfulness, they are love, they are connection. In this series, we will explore different ways to create our own cards, sassy up those snail mails! Each week we will explore a different technique. Blank cards and envelopes, markers, colored pencils are helpful for this workshop. We will talk about additional supplies!

  • Session 1 Everyday Cards-September 9, 7-8 PM $20
  • Session 2- Autumn Holiday cards- October 14, 7-8 PM $20
  • Session 3- Winter Holiday cards- November 4, 7-8 PM $20

Sign up for all three sessions $50

To Register email Susan and you will be invoiced for your workshop fees

Mixed Media Painting with Altered Papers with Maia Horvath & Susan Carmen-Duffy

Create your own whimsical painting using acrylic paint as well as your own altered papers! You will be guided by
your facilitators step by step to create your own 11’’ x 14’’wonderful and unique work of art!

Day one- September 17- 7-8:30pm
You will create altered papers using multiple processes. We
will use a variety of papers and techniques to create your own
stunning palette!

Day two- September 24- 7-8:30pm
We will put it all together! Paint, papers, collage – all the fun!
Then we will add inks, colored pencil, and more to embellish!

Seats are limited – $95 – some materials included
To Register email Susan and you will be invoiced for your workshop fees

Workshops for Sylvan Starlight Creations

Register Here: Sylvan Starlight Creations Workshops

  • Create Your Own Greeting Cards: Sassy Snail Mail Series
  • Monoprint Basics
Workshops through Oasis (You must be 50 or older to register and participate!) 
Find my listings here: Oasis Workshops

Current Offerings:

  • Artist Trading cards
  • Meditative Drawing
  • Zentangle
  • Sassy Snail Mail
  • Watercolor/Colored Pencil
  • Watercolor Florals
  • Watercolor and Ink
 

Workshops 2020

Currently, all workshops will be held on Zoom.  Participants should have access via a computer or smartphone. Supplies are available for purchase in a kit, or use what you have!

Contact Susan for a specific supply list. 

***Please note you MUST purchase your tickets in advance to participate. Thank you!***

 Meditation Monthly

The Art of Mandala and Zentangle helps to heal.

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 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.

Facilitator: Susan Carmen-Duffy

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.

Mixed media on watercolor paper- Susan Carmen-Duffy Artist
  • water media (both water watercolor and acrylic)
  • colored pencil
  • collage
  • inking
  • monoprinting

Facilitator: Susan Carmen-Duffy

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 create with watercolor!

Facilitator: Susan Carmen-Duffy

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 helping you however I can.  Remember- art is good... Susan Carmen-Duffy

Studio Information:

Where- Create Art 4 Good Studios located at The Piano Works Mall! 

Susan Carmen-Duffy

Susan Carmen-Duffy is the owner of Create Art 4 Good. As an artist, she has explored the strengths of each medium and the magic of applying them together. She feels that each human has creativity within and should take time to explore their artist heart. Her work is widely collected throughout the United States and Europe. Susan shares her work through her own gallery, local galleries, and other opportunities. You can find her art and design on any of over 400 designs for her company, “Greetings 4 Good”. 

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!

We offer many opportunities! Look through to see what you would like to schedule for your team building, wedding or baby shower, birthday or just a fun occasion!

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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.

Facilitator: Susan Carmen-Duffy

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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

Facilitator: Susan Carmen-Duffy

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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.

Facilitator: Susan Carmen-Duffy

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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.

Facilitator: Susan Carmen-Duffy

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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!  The workshop fee includes all materials, step by step instruction, and aprons. Please dress appropriately acrylic paints stain cloth.

Facilitator: Susan Carmen-Duffy

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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.

Facilitator: Susan Carmen-Duffy

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!

Facilitator: Susan Carmen-Duffy

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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

Facilitator: Susan Carmen-Duffy

Private day/evening workshops:

                                           

Private Workshops Available  

  • Watercolor 
  • Acrylic
  • Mandala
  • Prayer flags
  • Mixed Media
  • Wine glass painting
  • 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