FOR AWARENESS & RENEWAL
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
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
INTENSIVES: PAINTING FROM THE FIRE
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.
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?
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, &
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 –
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