This week I saw children with dyslexia, adhd, autism, sadness, perfectionism, low self esteem all come around the art table and find their center. We put our hands on our hearts and remembered our selves, our center, our place where energy can pile out of us uncontrolled or be pulled down into ourselves and out of our hands into creative work.
I saw children create. They lost all of their labels, disabilities and struggles and found a place to focus and just be. A place where we all belong together. They were delighted, surprised, frustrated at times, but they created into our world images and colors that have not been here before. They joined the creative energy that moves our world and draws us to awe at the sand dunes, beautiful leaves and reflection in a puddle. I wish you could have heard the shouts of joy as they created tints, tones and hues. Truly a miracle had occurred!
Their art skills grew, but also their understanding of being part of something larger than themselves. I am so deeply proud of the 160 students that I was able to come along side of this week. They struggle, because learning can be hard, because working from our center can be hard, because encouraging ourselves to keep going can be hard. But my students can do hard things! Containing our energy can be hard when it spins around, but oh when we do and it comes out our soul and fingers it is truly a beautiful thing.
Being their "teacher" is a humbling beautiful experience. Thank You my dear students.
Fall classes are now open.
With the help of my daughter Miss Hannah, this fall I'm offering Pre-school, youth, adult and homeschool classes!
Classes start the week of Sept. 11th. Youth classes run 10 weeks and Adult classes run 5 weeks.
Registration fees are 25$ per family.
Class fees runs between 90$-160$ for the session.
There is a small supply list dependent on the class and skill level.
Mondays are drawing and Painting
Tuesdays are adults
Thursdays are Homeschool
Tuesday and Thursday is Preschool with Miss Hannah.
"Daily life seems to exhaust my child." " My child is a slow warm up and quiet, but loves art and really wants to learn more." "My child can be very nervous when starting something new." "My child loves spending hours drawing and lost in their imagination." "My child is just like me."
I have a line on my registration form that asks what I should know about your child that will help them enjoy class. These are some of the comments, many repeated, many similar and when I share them with the class, that I'm am this way too, sometimes I see the whole class take a breath. I always let me studio mates know the current class schedule so they know when students will be coming or going, but often the classes are so quiet and engaged that they don't even notice us.
For an introvert that has had to negotiate kids at school, recess and a bus ride home, doing much else is overwhelming. As an adult negotiating work, children and marriages can pull the same energy from us. When pushed to step out for an evening activity, anxiety sets in because we are just done. The battery is empty. Then their is the guilt which is a whole other topic.
The studio is a respite from required social extroversion that is expected in our culture. It is why we are called The Abbey. It is a place to plug in and get refreshed, renewed, re energized. A place to communicate with line, color, shape and composition and for many of us introverts this is just a much easier way to communicate. A way that doesn't take so much from us, a place where we can give and still have reserve.
This is why I do art and why I teach and why I've created the Abbey. A place to be still. To find language beyond words that communicates how much I think and feel and see.
If this sounds like a place in which you or your child would find energy and joy, then join us this fall and see how some art and stillness can change your sense of being.
After taking a year long break in teaching at my studio and in the community I am fully relaunching my youth studio and adding more adult classes.
Why do we want to create and yet look at creating with such self doubt and fear? It is wonderful to see a young one create and we are inspired by our 4 year olds eager rapture with crayons and paper. Yet. For adults we think "we can or we can't", "it's something I love to look at, but can't do mysellf", "I've always wanted to do but I can't draw". Oh the reasons we make to avoid that uncomfortable vulnerable place that creating draws us to. We spend our money on classes for our little ones, but can't find time or money for ourselves. We pick up a flier about a class for ourselves, again and again.
I encourage and employ you to take the risk to be vulnerable. Come with your stick figure drawings, your awkward uncomfortable feelings they are welcome and safe. If you stopped drawing in second grade then you will draw like a second grader. You are an adult now though and you will grow and learn faster than you can imagine with a safe supportive studio to work in.
This fall I will be offering a class in the Elements of Art for adults, a class that I learn from every time I teach it. This will give you the tools and understanding to start your journey in understanding of how art/creativity works, or help you continue your building in reviewing these foundations. Following will be a second class that will be an hour of embracing our creative selves. I will be drawing from the The Artist's Way, Big Magic and several other books that have been instrumental in my journey in embracing myself as a creative being. Fear wants to speak, it needs to get in the back seat and shut up(from Big Magic).
Let this be the fall when you take the step past excuses and skirting the edges and dipping your toes. It's time for you.
Julie Jeanseau at The Abbey Art Center
I am reopening my studio this spring and invite you to join me in learning the love of drawing and painting. Both give us a place to leave our busy lives and reinvest in ourselves. I will guide you through skills at your own pace to help you conquer the barriers that can keep us from just enjoying the process of creating.
Mondays are for students 9-18 yrs of age. These will be structured classes with room for individual growth and interests to be nurtured.
Mondays-- 5:30 Drawing, ages 9 plus
6:30 Painting, Ages 9 plus
Friday is reserved for private lessons for any age from 8 to 99. Sometimes the first step into creativity is reserving the time and space to make it a priority. We will work together to set individual goals and reassess each month. Anyone can enter into creativity it is often just pesky fear that tells us we can’t enter.
Friday --- 5:30-7:30 Private Lessons, all ages.
Drawing, or Painting.