In this workshop, we will explore ways to create art from a truly genuine place. It will be an exploration in authentic self-expression. At first, we will move quickly from one art medium to the next, playing and not overthinking. During that time you will be given a variety of directives to explore different ideas and techniques. This will allow you, the artist, to follow your impulse, free of judgment and second guesses. Through the process, we will identify images and concepts that resonate with you on a deeply personal level and from there we will work to create a finished work of art that is as unique as you are. Much of our identity is defined by our relationships and the influence of family, society, and culture. Art is a way of realizing, acknowledging, and expressing your unique perspective. Increasing self-awareness informs you and helps you to see that improving your everyday life is entirely possible.
“Ask anybody doing truly creative work, and they’ll tell you the truth. They don’t know where the good stuff comes from. They just show up and do their thing.” Austin Kleon
Photo Credit – Kengaljilly
About your instructor – Melissa Kelly
Melissa Kelly is an artist and therapist. She is fascinated by why people create the art they do and loves to inspire others to find their creative voice. Melissa is inspired by outsider art, artists who are considered provocative and raw, and people who do not follow social norms. She believes that to create your “masterpiece” you must be authentic and draw from your own life experiences.
Melissa studied fine arts at Maine College of Art and The School of The Museum of Fine Arts. She holds a Master of Science in Art Therapy and Counseling from The College of New Rochelle. Melissa has a private practice in Rockport where she provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults.