Art & Music Workshops
Music & Sound Exploration
Pan, percussion and singing bowls
This is an individual or small group workshop where you have the opportunity to explore my different sound tools, string instruments, electronic equipment such as loop and reverb pedal and synthesizer.
I can teach blind people because I play most of my instruments BLINDFOLDED to enhance my experience playing music.
This is perfect for people who want get an idea how each instrument is played, how it feels and what the cost of it would be. The session is crafted to your own need and should be discussed before start so we can set some goals for the session.
String instruments are fun to play for all ages. Not sure whether you want to start to play the Ukulele, Dulcimer or the Guitar? Try them all out and learn a little bit about my musical approach which doesn't require any music therapy or previous experience of any kind.
Exotic instruments such as the Shrudi box, Kalimba or Hang can be great for beginners or people who already have an string instrument and would like to try something new to their ears. No previous musical experience or theory required.
Pan instruments such as the Hang, Halo, Hapi or Space drum are my main instruments. The musical approach for each of these is the same. I will teach you how to play with muscle memory and find new patterns which can be beneficial for any pan instrument if you plan on getting one of them.
Try all my instruments!
Here is what is available to you:
3 Tibetan bowls
2 different Kalimbas
Juno Ds Synthesizer
Rc505 loop pedal
Strymon Big Sky reverb machine
Getting a feeling for each instruments
Learning how to approach each instrument
Understanding of sound waves
2 hours group session $250 Sliding scale
$150/h - sliding scale
Therapeutic benefits of singing are release of stress, anxiety, cognition, shyness, boosts self-esteem and immune system, overall health and well being. This works well for all ages, since it promotes team building, social bonding, releasing build up stress between people in the group. The exploration of sound and your voice is overall rewarding and just fun.
You can do all kinds of sounds with your mouth you won’t believe exist, but also use percussive or other instruments you have available. Or simply try to mimic instruments and percussive sounds such as drums, trumpet, guitar, shaker, synth etc.
Overall this workshop will bring people together through laughter and promotes social bonding and release of stress and anxiety. This workshop is great for people with all kinds of diverse abilities, no music skills required.
Promotes personal growth
Boost of immune system, overall health
Helps to overcome overthinking
Release of stress & anxiety
Connecting the group or reconnecting a team
Boost of self-esteem
A sense for rythm
Creating interest in starting to play music
$200 group workshop sliding scale
$150/h One on one - sliding scale
Coloring Nights video
Coloring Nights is not a therapy session, but a social/ self care event with friends, volunteers or colleges from work. It could also be an introduction/ informal Expressive Art Therapy session, which is optional. The main focus here is to create art, socialize and get to know each other, creating deeper bonds. This will be beneficial for volunteer groups or staff from your organization. My music will create an uplifting and relaxing setting for the group. The live music I provide has a wide range of music from; Tibetan singing bowls, jungle and nature sounds, cat purring, beat boxing to uplifting electronic and hip hop beats;
Dressing up using Halloween props
Emoticon check in and closure of the session
Deepening questions about challenges, insights from creating art
Sharing of your experience to close your session
Team related art making, on how to improve teamwork
Print outs of my Medicine Art coloring pages
Creating stronger connections between participants
Expression challenges and personal needs
Getting to know each others through art making
An opportunity for self expression and self care
The pricing of this event will depend on weather art supplies or amplification is provided.
3-4 hours including clean up $250 sliding scale
The Pocket Sketchbook Workshop
The Pocket Sketchbook Workshop is fun and easy to do with quick result, you only require paper and elastics for the binding. If possible cardboard would be required for people who want to do a hard cover version.
$150 Sliding scale
The Kindness Workshop
The Kindness Workshop combines English grammar with creating art, kindness and environmentalism. Participants will explore verbs in the present continuous form “ing”. The collected words will be used to explain the created collages and drawings from the students. More details in the lesson plan.
Workshops are usually 60 to 90 min in length,
Deeper understanding of the present continuous verb tense
Personal art work
Understanding personal benefits of being kind
Public Kindness art work for the school to display
Learning what kindness means in other cultures
Personal self care
$150 Sliding scale
My drawing workshop is for all ages who are interested in learning how to create fun characters, caricatures and comics. In this workshop we focus on simple stick figures. Approx 60 min.
Participants learn how to do their personal stick figure super hero
Learn a few basics about character design and expression
Learn how to express emotions through drawing
Will be able to express through stick figures
For older participants, childhood memories may come up
$150 Sliding scale
$40 One on One - Sliding scale
Pop Up & Flip Notes Workshop
Please watch the Youtube instructions video for the Pop Up and Flip Note video tutorial. This is a simple and easy workshop that can be used for any upcoming birthday, Christmas , Mothers and Fathers day. In this workshop we will utilize pen, sizer and scrap paper. Approx time 60 min
Greeting card for any upcoming event
Pop up card for any upcoming event
Fine motor skills
Creative expression for friends and family
Making someone else happy
FUN FUN FUN FUN
$150 (Sliding scale available)
$40 One on one - Sliding scale
Regardless which string instrument you have, Guitar, Ukulele or Dulcimer, my approach is the same - Improvised without music theory.
This workshop is for all ages and best suited for people who want to learn more about my approach. Interested in this workshop, click here! Approx time 60 min
Learn how to play the string instrument of your choice
Improvise and explore through play
Find your voice through any string instrument
Find a new passion and way to express your self
A great for self care
Creating music will boost your immune system
$150 - Sliding scale
$40 One on one - Sliding scale
Being a teacher in art and music, offering workshops, and tutoring was the main reason why I chose Expressive Art Therapy and Counselling. Art making is therapeutic and has an aspect of self development, personal growth, and gives opportunities for inspiration and self expression.
There is Nothing Wrong
When you are too critical with your self in any art subject you may lose interest and passion for it. Competitive schooling often kills the interest to explore, play, and express through the arts.
I will spark your fire again and help you to find your Medicine Art through eliciting your bodily senses by approaching any art through an intuitive experience of what feels right to you.
Ask an adult or a children if they draw, paint, play music, sing etc. you often get: "YES but I am not so good at it!" It is part of my motivation as a teacher and therapist to reintroduce art making and play into your life.
I dare you to have fun painting, scribbling or singing without the pressure to perfect your pursuit. Taking art lessons from me isn't just about the subject being taught but also learning about yourself and what beliefs you hold about the world around you.
Let's put down our phones and grab the pencil, paint brush, mic, instrument, and clay to find your Medicine Art. Express yourself in any given way you want to express yourself in this life. Imagine you're a child again, imagine everything is possible.