workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Contemplative Practices in Art

Freeing Your Creative Spirit


Jul 17–22, 2022


Member: $560.00

Standard: $625.00

painting on a canvas

Learn to incorporate creativity, mindfulness, and quiet activity into your life with artists Lisa Pressman and Susan Stover.

Lisa Pressman talks about the process of making multimedia work.

Develop an expansive view of what art making can be and gain a deeper understanding of creativity during this weeklong retreat for artists and non-artists alike.

Guided by multimedia artists Lisa Pressman and Susan Stover, we focus on repetitive processes in art making that are meditative and contemplative such as mark-making, drawing, stitching, bundling, collecting, and site-specific installations in nature.

We utilize the campus as a source of inspiration by taking walks, collecting, and drawing outside. Some of the activities on campus include:

  • Drawing to music
  • Creating temporary art in nature
  • Using alternative mark-making methods on paper and fabric such as burning, smoking, and more

The workshop will focus on the process of creating and include discussions about incorporating ritual into art practices and the introspective qualities of repetitive labor. For inspiration, we look at historical and contemporary artists that use these methods in their work.

"Art is a vehicle for meditation and self-connection. One of the reasons it is so powerful is that it fosters acceptance. Creating art is a type of meditation, an active training of the mind that increases awareness and emphasizes acceptance of feelings and thoughts without judgment and relaxation of body and mind."
–Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

More Information

Enrollment is limited for this program; register early.

Faculty recommends you read the following books in preparation for the course:

  • The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • On Art and Mindfulness by Enrique Martinez Celaya

Things to Bring

Gather materials from the list, come with an open mind and an adventurous spirit.

  • Variety of drawing materials: pencils, charcoal, colored pencils, etc.
  • Variety of drawing papers
  • Sketchbook or journal
  • Scissors
  • Fabric or paper to stitch on (could be torn up old paintings on canvas or paper, drawings, fabrics, photographs, or other decorative and fine papers)
  • Needles, strings, yarn, and threads (variety of thicknesses, i.e. embroidery thread, sewing thread, waxed linen, string, yarn)
  • Incense and matches
  • Your own regular studio setup and materials

Workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Jul 17–22, 2022

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