Center Avenue Studio Announcement Workshop

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 Center Avenue Studio Announcement


Awakening the Creative Self

An Expressive Drawing Experience


Free your creative spirit by combining art and mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way of learning to be intentionally "present in the moment". It is about being awake and aware in order to take part in the fullness and richness of life. Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhism, yet, it is truly a universal practice. In the words of Walpola Rahula, author of the Buddhist classic, What the Buddha Taught, "Mindfulness is simply observing, watching, examining".



"Untitled #23", Acrylic Painting, 48' X 48" by Ian Baker Johnson




Awakening the Creative Self will take you on a journey where you will experience mindfulness through expressive drawing. With simple tools like paper, charcoal, pencil as well as pen and ink, you will begin to awaken within you a place that is filled with passion, energy and creativity.


Even if you have drawing or other art experience, you are invited to come as a "beginner". The  

goal is not to develop technique, expertise or a finished product but to engage in the process of mindfully expressing through drawing in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere.


You will:

  • Experience a variety of short mindfulness meditations to support your creativity
  • Contemplate emptiness to ready the self for creating
  • Embrace silence as well as the sound of music to allow the pregnancy of creative work
  • Engage in several drawing "techniques" as a form of meditation and skillful action
  • Learn to be mindful of the little things rather than striving to make "good art" or to create a masterpiece.



Saturday, July 16th from 10 am to 4 pm

Center Avenue Studio

123 Center Avenue, Jefferson, WI

Call 414-324-1390 before July 12 to register

$62 plus supplies (list provided at time of registration)

Class size is limited.







About the workshop facilitator:

About the workshop facilitator:

This workshop is led by Ian Baker Johnson, BFA, MS, CWC, a life-long artist, workshop facilitator and life, creativity and mindfulness mentor and coach. Ian has been practicing Mindfulness for nearly 20 years and has taught Mindfulness for 10 years in medical, academic, corporate and community settings after receiving teacher training at UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness. As an expressive abstract painter, Ian has a studio within the Center Avenue Studio in Jefferson, WI and is a member of the Wisconsin Visual Artists. Ian sees the process of making art and engaging in mindfulness as part of a rich transformational and spiritual path.





Terrence James Coffman Center Avenue Studio | | Jefferson | WI | 53549

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