NORTH SESSION

DECEMBER 4 - FEBRUARY 26 

As we spin around the wheel of the seasons, we come to rest in the time of winter here in the north.

This direction of the circle asks you to step into a place of trust.

 

The North signifies the paradox of ending and beginning. This can be a trying time for both individuals and relationships. You are spending more time inside and the days are shorter. During this session we will turn the circle and welcome the return of the light.

 

Focus on the beauty of this season. It is a time of stillness, a time to go within and listen to the silence of the space between the words. As you approach the holy days of this season, focus on nurturing the light within yourself.

Give yourself the gift of time. Ten minutes a day can be found between the busyness. If possible close your eyes and just feel the stillness of a beautiful dawn illuminating a fresh winter snow and breathe.

 

During the three months you will be asked to go deep within your soul and to examine your inspiration and motivation. The North session will engage both the childlike wonder and the wisdom of the sages.

 

To be a great artist you must abandon the thinking brain and engage the wonder of a child.

 

The lessons in this direction will begin with a joyful and playful method for no-fail color mixing. You will create a wonderful palette deck that will instantly inspire your paintings. You will enhance your mixed media paintings using brush and blending techniques.

Have you ever felt stuck in a routine or formula of painting?

Do you want to push your compositions and even the surfaces you work on beyond the normal routine?

Have you wanted to explore mixed media?

Learn to trust your process and mute the critic that prevents you from expanding your creativity.

I invite you to join me. I am your guide on this journey and I am honored to have your trust in my guidance. I have been working with creativity and spirituality groups for over 25 years. I am an artist, a scientist and an alchemist.

Have you ever wanted to create more intuitively and learn to trust in your painting choices?

Do you wish to learn more about alternative methods and materials for mixed media?

Do you want someone to answer your questions each day?

Are you looking to share in the creative process with others and even make some lasting connections?

 

Follow along with me in the videos or learn the moves and then dance to your own rhythm...

Either way, will finish at least

14 paintings in this 3-month class

Through the lessons you will become comfortable taking risks. You will save time and money and expand your knowledge and enhance your confidence and skill.

Here are some of the ways you will accomplish this.

  • Develop a color palette deck and discover the tricks to always have fresh colors - no more mud!

  • Understand design and composition tools to enhance your visual vocabulary

  • Create a 3-D sculpture or shrine to honor your vision

  • Use textiles and yarns to move your paint

  • Explore mark-making tools and even create some of your own

  • Follow the feeling and create a spontaneous work using limited marks or brushstrokes

  • Creativity loves restrictions...you will see

  • Transform everyday materials into art

  • Dance with your brushes and learn some new moves

  • Jump off the canvas and explore alternative surfaces with mixed media

 

You will also have audio prompts, guided visualizations, writing exercises and downloadable PDF's

See the weekly outline here.

Dive into the deep end of the mixed media pool with new confidence.

Tap into your intuition and use prompts to guide your process.

SOME STUDENT WORK FROM THE 2019 NORTH SESSION

I am with you every day with feedback and guidance. For 3 months you can create with me. This is more than you will ever get in any live workshop. You have the videos, audios and notes and you have me 1:1 mentoring for 3 months.

 

You will also become a part of an incredible group of artists that lend their own support and insight as you work through the lessons.

Even if you are the silent witness, the group energy is there for you to tap into.

 

Here are some more things you will explore:

  • Discover unusual surfaces to paint on and to add to your art

  • Make some unique tools and explore everyday objects for mark making

  • Recognize and honor the small voice that is trying to be heard and release the grip that fear has been holding on you

  • Listen to the audio lessons that will guide you and allow you to tap into your deepest wisdom

  • Realize your personal creative superpower and go with the flow

 

Here is what you get:

  • 13 Weeks of videos, audios, writing prompts and exercises and notes to download

  • A weekly journal that you can use to keep track of inspiration and ideas

  • You will create at least 14 paintings with step-by-step videos

Price: $450 (OVER $1,500 VALUE )

*Discounted Early Bird Registration Price: $400

This course is yours to watch over and over, for a lifetime

See the weekly outline here.

 

Sandra has written 6 best-selling book and been featured in Acrylic Artist Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors and worked with Golden, DecoArt and other acrylic manufacturers.

 

I love teaching and I consider myself an inspiration instigator. My background in experimental science combined with my lifetime of being a working artist informs my courses. I tend to find unusual ways to use common materials. I look forward to having you along with me on this journey.

 

I have taught for over 25 years around the US, Europe and Australia.

 

Visit the About page to discover more of how this course was born.

 

Take a look at my Mixed Media Soul Sparks YouTube channel to see how I teach. I hope you decide to join me.

 

WEST SESSION schedule

Week 1

Slideshow Video Outline

PDF Downloads

Introduction and Laying the Foundation.

An overview of supplies and techniques. 

• Introductory slide video covers: 

  • New to Ruzuku (course platform), how to navigate, ways to connect

  • Why you are here

  • Course objectives - arrangement of modules

  • How to use your Soul Journal

  • Downloads and extra prompts

  • Building community

  • Time commitment o Art supplies 

• Overview of power of the North-change and transition

  • This is a very powerful direction. You will learn how to be in your power, accept wisdom and embrace living within the paradox of both beginning and ending.

• Monthly themes [PDF] 

  • December – Learn to Live in the Question, Cultivate Trust and Refill the Well

  • January – Embrace the Beginning and Completion of the Circle

  • February – Push the Boundaries and Love the Process

WEST SESSION schedule

Week 2

Video Lessons

PDF Downloads

Color and Design

Do you ever find yourself working in the same color combinations? This fun exercise will be a game changer. I call it Deal-a-Palette. We will create a deck of cards using colors and you will deal yourself a new color combo. Try a wild landscape with purple trees and red skies, or a serene and peaceful abstract. What about a blue and purple figure? The cards will give you colors and shapes to play with.

  • You will create your own palette and design deck

  • You will learn the subtleties of color mixing from not crossing the line to layering colors

  • Learn how to incorporate blending and dry brush techniques

  • The cards will teach you color combos, pattern possibilities and quick composition tips

  • We will add some mixed media to the surface to create wonderful textures

  • The dry brush, scumble or stipple techniques will work better on rougher surfaces and enhance the textural appearance

  • We will become alchemist and mix up our own textures and mediums

  • You will create 3 paintings this week

WEST SESSION schedule

Week 3

Audio Downloads

PDF Downloads

Learn how to live the question

This audio will walk you through exercises to trust in your creative process and how to shake it up a bit. This direction embraces the ultimate paradox and you learn how to let go of knowing in order to embrace the new. You will learn how to use the exercise, Word for The Year to discover your path forward. Visualize the year you want to create.

WEST SESSION schedule

Week 4

Video Lessons

PDF Downloads

Refill the Well 

We build on the previous week's exercise of exploring our word or phrase for the year. We will build on the vision by expressing it in paint, collage and sculpture. Find your passion and make it into a 3-D shrine. We will use acrylic mediums and alternative materials like Plexiglas or shadow boxes.

  • You will learn how to make transparent transfers, layer collage on both sides of the plexiglass

  • You will explore ways to build your shrine using frames or wood

  • Add dimension with more detached layers

  • Work both sides, then drill, adhere objects, wires, stars or lights

  • Your imagination will sprout wings and take flight on this one! You will explore alternative ideas and materials to take your Word of the Year Shrine, mixed media construction, assemblage piece to new heights.

  • Learn how to use Plexiglas, transfers, drills, Tyvek and wood veneer. This exercise will fill the well and propel you into the new year.

  • You will create 1 shrine and have ideas for many more

WEST SESSION schedule

Week 5

Audio Download

PDF Download

Trust and Synchronicity

Discover the roadmap to become a transformative thinker.

Trust your connection with synchronicity and tap into your creative inspiration

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Week 6

Video Lessons

PDF Downloads

Spontaneous Exploration

Let go of control and learn how to trust the creative process

  • Learn unusual ways to create movement with paint

  • Use yarn to add lines, acrylic gels to explore textures

  • Learn how to mimic nature and incorporate layers

  • Explore the possibilities of altering paint viscosity to create marbling effects

  • Add details with painting from bottles with various size tips and define shapes

  • Amplify a section of that painting to jumpstart the second piece

  • You will learn how to use your work to create enlargements and then transfer to a new painting. The ideas are endless.

  • You will create 2 paintings this week

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Week 7

Audio Download

PDF Download

Success - Rewrite the Rules

This week you explore what your idea of success looks like. What does a successful painting look like? What do you think being a successful artist means? How can you set your path according to your personal vision? Goal setting and restructuring the definition of success is covered. Lots of great writing exercises and resources to really dig deep.

WEST SESSION schedule

Week 8

Video Lessons

PDF Downloads

Reinterpret a Master

The traditional way for learning art was to copy the masters work as seen in the museums. We are going to take a contemporary twist on the master’s program.

  • You will learn how to recreate a classic work of art using collage

  • You will make pattern papers, stamp patterns, paint skins and how to use foils and ephemera

  • Learn how to make paint skins and gel skins, including gold leaf skins as an option

  • I will be using a painting by Klimt, but you can choose any artist and incorporate the techniques.

  • You will create 1 piece this week.

WEST SESSION schedule

Week 9

Audio Download

PDF Download

Rhythm and Music

In this audio guide you will explore different rhythms and how they can complement your painting style. Find your song and paint your rhythm.

WEST SESSION schedule

Week 10

Video Lessons

PDF Downloads

Simplicity

Simplicity is learning how each mark has impact. You will work fast and keep it simple. It may sound easy but this is a challenging week. You first tap into an emotion, idea, place, person, thing or concept that you wish to express. Then you determine tools, palette and time frame. You will use 30 marks to create the piece. You will work fast and keep it simple.

  • This exercise will fine tune your vision and your skills

  • You will learn how to use a variety of mark-making tools, pencils, hands, big brush, roller, water, stamps, graphite and you may discover or invent some new and unusual tools

  • You will make 6 paintings this week on paper, canvas or panel. You may wish to explore the same topic in all six or have each one be different.

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Week 11

Audio Download

PDF Download

Refill the well meditation

This meditation will wrap you in warmth and self-love.

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Week 12

Video Lessons

PDF Downloads

Secret Messages

This week is all about transforming what we see as an ordinary object into art. We will make a surface design book with secret pockets and words of inspiration. I will demonstrate how to use an existing book and transform it into your own artistic wonder of delights. You will learn how to group pages, create windows and pockets to show off your tiny masterpieces. Your book may have a theme, like the garden, take a line for a walk, redacted or it can be a collection of surfaces, words or designs. This book may take on a life of its own as you discover the ways of alternative books.

  • You will make 1 book with multiple pages

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Week 13

Live Q&A

You may also email questions and the session will be recorded for you to take with you

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