6-WEEK ARTMAKING WORKSHOP
IN SANTA YNEZ, CA
Sometimes the soul seeks expression beyond the limitations of words. Artistic symbolism (animals, plants, geometry, colors, metaphor of all kinds) can often serve as better vehicles to translate the language of the psyche and heart.
In this 6-week workshop we will explore the symbolic nature of the self through the creation of art. By building a small community we will support one another as we experiment with various modes of artistic expression. Art can be powerful medicine!
*No art experience required to participate—only a desire to create, to see and be seen.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The workshop is limited to 8 participants.
Sessions take place weekly on Saturdays from 2-4pm in Max Gleason's studio, a converted barn nestled in a vineyard in the heart of Santa Ynez.
Participants will each create 1 unique piece of art over the course of 6 weeks, tracking the thematic evolution over the duration of the workshop.
Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all 6 sessions to maintain continuity.
Each session will include:
1 hour of creation time (easels will be provided, but each participant must supply their own canvas or drawing/painting surface, as well as art materials: paints, pens, charcoal, etc.)
1 hour of group discussion in which we will share our artwork and the themes we are exploring. Participants are encouraged to bring supportive and engaged attitudes to these discussions.
MAY 6, MAY 13, MAY 20,
MAY 27, JUN 3, JUN 10.
Your facilitator will use prompts to guide participants through the creative process, but there are no "rules" for what is created or how. The workshop simply provides a platform for freedom of artistic expression.
Please note: Your facilitator is not a therapist, but rather a guide and a fellow artist/human holding space for the naturally occurring healing that can happen when engaging with art.
Fee for 6-week workshop is $300/person.
ABOUT YOUR FACILITATOR, MAX GLEASON
On October 25, 2019 my wife and our two young children were killed by a suicidal motorist. As a lifelong artist, I turned to painting to help me process this tragedy, creating several pieces honoring the life and passing of my family.
Roughly one year after the crash, people began approaching me for painting commissions. At first just a few, then more and more reached out. These new Clients had visions, dreams, pains and passions they were hoping I could translate into paint. I did not solicit these commissions nor explicitly market myself as such an artist, but by virtue of my personal loss people felt that I could be a channel for their own deep life experiences.
This marked a pivotal transition in my career as an artist. I went from making art that focused on myself to art that focused on others, offering myself as a bridge between the unseen world and the seen. I am immensely grateful and humbled to be able to do this work.
In collaborating with my Clients recurring themes have arisen: birth and death, the joy of children, the guidance of ancestors, navigating illness, celebrating love, and everything in between...the stuff that makes us human!