Workshops Described

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GAIL BAKER 

ART FOR AWARENESS & RENEWAL

Art comes from deep places within us


Gail has been teaching art for over 30 years in private and public settings.   She’s worked with all ages of students (3-103) teaching drawing, painting, mask making, collage, mixed media, polymer clay, printmaking without a press, process painting, visual journaling, and Touch Drawing.   She earned a minor in Graphic Arts at the University of Washington and later, a master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology / Expressive Arts at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. 

Her expertise is tapping into visual art as a grounding, compassionate, and freeing practice.  

 

She is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Art East Art Canter, ADD Resources, and Kirkland Arts Center. Gail currently teaches for Seniors Making Art, in her studio, and at Present Sense in Wallingford.  Gail shows her work at galleries in Alaska, Oregon, California, and Washington.  See her work at gailbakerartmaker.com     

 

INTUITIVE  PAINTING INTENSIVES:  PAINTING FROM THE FIRE WITHIN

Celebrate life. Paint from your body, breath, and heartbeat. In “process painting” there is no judgment of self or work. There is only staying with the immediate, honest, painted description of personal experience on big paper with luscious tempera paint. No art experience is necessary. See video on website gailbakerartmaker.com.

“Painting from the Fire Within is not just about applying the tempera paint to the paper to see what kind of pretty picture I can create.  It is about being honest and truthful with myself, with my Inner Self, with Spirit, letting my Inner Child come forth to play and explore with the tools on hand.  It’s about working in living colors, expressing the joys, sorrows, delights, pitfalls, happiness, discouragements, ecstasies of my life experiences”    ---- Colleen Perry

 



ACRYLIC PAINTING – WHAT’S POSSIBLE?

Create a language in acrylic paints that is distinctly your own. Study the “what” of a painting in color, form, and composition. Learn about inorganic and organic pigment. Find your own unique visual vocabulary in form. Explore space in a composition.  And train yourself to see “how” the image is physically created with line (texture and gesture).  Simple compositions and experimentation are encouraged.  Acrylic mediums, different substrates, and tools will be introduced.   Mixed media and digital transfer techniques will be offered on request.

 

 

VISUAL JOURNALING –

THE BODY AS A FUNDAMENTAL PLACE OF CHANGE, LEARNING, & HEALING

Visual Journaling is a quiet, active way of recording the awareness of images we hold inside us.  We use oil pastels, crayons, markers, watercolor and torn paper. This kind of journaling is a somatic practice. Its goal is to access our living bodies in their wholeness - muscles, tissues, emotions, thoughts, breath, movement, and sensations.  The tools we use to access and bring these into view are breath work, self-observation, easy, gentle movement , and simple meditation to guide us toward new focusing skills and perspectives.

By attending to our blocks and opening to change, we can find the resistance and fears that challenge our attention and work to reframe them as opportunities. This somatic approach to journaling helps us to be keen observers of ourselves and our habits.

At the risk of sounding corny, Gail’s classes in Visual Journaling changed my life.  Awesome!”  --- Carol Hall

 

TOUCH DRAWING –

Deborah Koff-Chapin developed Touch Drawing as a way to open previously unused channels of expression. Her description of the process: “A simple yet profound process where the fingers take the place of pen or brush. Paper is placed over a freshly painted surface. Wherever it is touched, an imprint is made on the backside. Impulses from within take form on paper through the movement of fingertips on the page. A multitude of drawings can be created in one workshop session, each one a stepping stone to the next.”  See video demonstrations on touchdrawing.com

 

 


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Individual sessions $40/hr. $70/2hours.
Off site $45/hr. $80/2 hours.
Please call for an appointment or a Skype appointment.
425-495-4517

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