Michael Zieve returns with another addition of this inspiring and interesting class. "The essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind that is close to that of prayer" Henri Matisse. With this sentiment as a guide we move into painting through embodied presence. Our tools are meditation, light movement, drawing and tempera on paper. Not a class in technique but in process painting, exploring inner landscapes and habits of mind that inhibit our natural capacity for discovery, play and free expression. The skill of self releasing what blocks creative flow is something that translates into life. You learn to value the intuitive self over the judging mind and that leads to more confidence and well being. Our potential as creatives is vast, the key is trust, courage and surrendering whatever keeps us from our creative birthright.
No painting experience necessary. Come for one class or let each class build on the next.
Fee: $40 for members. $45 non members Drop ins welcome. All materials provided.
Discounted class package $190 members / $215 non members.
Michael studied fine art at Rhode Island School of Design and earned a BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1977. Since then he has shown his work extensively in the Midwest but also in New York, San Francisco and Geneva, Switzerland. He has created commissioned artworks for many Health Care Centers and a U.S. Post Office. His interest in Buddhist meditation and expressive arts led him to begin offering Intuitive Art based workshops in 2004 at Art Centers and private studios in the Chicago area. He lives in Sebastopol, Ca.
Here is what people who have taken Michael's class say -
"Michael created a unique setting to explore moment to moment what wished to come forward on to the paper in front of me. This was achieved through his ability to convey his understanding of the creative process as well as connect us to our bodies through movement and grounding. What a fun and rich day!" David Lee, Sebastopol
"I would feel terribly selfish if I did not share the knowledge instilled within me by hearing your messages to help me to accept loving, positive thoughts. The mindful art class filled me with strength, warmth and kindness. I am still feeling that calmness."
Arlene Morrison, Petaluma