Art Vocabulary of the Soul Retreat

Connecting with God Through the Arts

Oct 28-30, 2016

 

Time : Friday, 6:00 pm to  Sunday, 3 pm

 

 

Theme: Saturation - Ephesians 3:16-20

Time : Friday, 6:00 pm to  Sunday, 3 pmcount me in

Recently, I had the privilege of joining a dozen fine folks at King's Fold Retreat Centre, just outside of Cochrane, Alberta, for a weekend of faith and art. Julie and Sam Drew have been leading Art: Vocabulary for the Soul workshops for a number of years and I cannot imagine a better place to put creatives in touch with their Creator. (Read the full blog post: Photos from Art: Vocabulary for The Soul)
              Posted by Bleeding Heart Art Space on Monday, July 18, 2016

Do you have a creative inclination? Are you thirsty for God? Do you think: "How can I use my creativity to connect with God?" How do you listen to God, hear his voice? Are you looking for new ways to connect and listen to God?

This Spiritual Retreat is for those who want to connect with God. Whether you are an artist or writer or just curious to try something new, we are all able to connect with God creatively. Students will be encouraged to create in the art of their choice -- painting, writing, photography, dance, etc. Instruction for watercolor and drawing will be provided for those who desire it. Supplies are available for a nominal fee. Coaching for the other painting mediums and writing will also be available. There will be solitude and group time in the schedule. King's Fold is a beautiful location in the foothills along Ghost River.

 

 

Retreat Presenters:

Artist Julie Drew and Sam Drew, Spiritual Director

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Cost:

$360 by Sept 9, 2016
$410 after Sept 9, 2016

$65 extra for a single room

Payment Plans Available

Refund Policy: Refunds of all payments except a $50 deposit available until Oct. 1, 2016.
No refunds after Oct. 1, 2016.

Cost covers accomodation in a beautiful location, 3 meals on Saturday & 2 on Sunday, and the program.

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pdfArt Vocabulary for the Soul Retreat-Brochure

 

 

Sam Drew

samSam is a spiritual director and Christian teacher. He has taught and led numerous one day retreats and week-long courses on topics of spiritual formation, including "Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography", "The Theology of Spiritual Formation," and the "Institute of Spiritual Formation" through the Urban Sanctuary in Edmonton. He also preaches regularly as part of the Teaching Team at Calvary Baptist Church in Edmonton. Sam has a Master of Divinity and Certificate of Spiritual Direction from North Park Seminary in Chicago, as well as a Certificate of Spiritual Formation from the Urban Sanctuary.

 

 

 

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At Kaleido Arts Festival in September, I taught the papermaking workshop again. This was my eighth year! It is a privelege to be asked to come back every year and a fun festival to be a part of. I actually remembered to take some pictures this year. 

 

tearing

It is all set up so people can come make one piece of paper to take home with them. 

 

We were set up in the  fellowship hall of St Faith Anglican Church.

 


 

Tearing

Here is part of the set up and next is the other part where the group is beginning to tear paper, cut fabric and add natural fluffs (cattail, thistle, fireweed, down feathers, poplar fluff were some of the choices).

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In the yogurt container on the left, you can see the small torn bits. of paper and fabric.

 

 

 

 


 

 Blending

preblending2The next step is to take it to the blender station, where the bits are loudly chopped up and the paper pulp is made.

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Creating 

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Once the pulp is made, it is taken to the next station where it is poured onto screens.

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Lifting 

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Last is the process of getting it off the screen so it can be taken home.

Pressing, flicking and rolling.

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Look for my next workshop in the late spring or summer.

I teach another workshop on papermaking, an all day workshop. The students in the workshop will make 10-15 unique pieces of paper to take home with them.

I provide all the supplies, as mentioned above as well as pressed leaves and flowers that can be added.

Come and have a fun workshop with me!  

(Next workshop Nov 12 at the Paint Spot)

July 23, 2016  What a fun Plein Air Painting Day we had!

If you would be interested in taking part in a workshop next spring and summer contact Julie (at the bottom of the biography page).

Here are some photos from the day:

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One of the things I like to do in the summertime is to go out sketching and painting “en plein air.”


En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning "open (in full) air". It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, also called French: peinture sur le motif ("painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees"), where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules; those might create a predetermined look. (Wikipedia)

with Julie Drew on oregon coastIt is different to paint from life than just using photos. Photos tend to flatten the image. When I hike, I take a camera and at least a small sketchbook, much to my family’s chagrin. (I had to learn to sketch quickly and take photos on the go, but I seem to be perpetually lagging behind. After all I had an agenda – capture as many ideas/ photo references as possible.)

Even so, it is nice to be with people who don’t mind sitting still for a bit. I have a friend who invited me to Kananaskis Country several times. 3- 5 days of hiking andJulie Drew traveling artist painting and relaxing with no one waiting for me to get done. On these occasions, I would pack up a backpack full of supplies and carry them the distance and come home with a mostly finished painting.

When hiking, I want to get a great picture or idea – and capture it. I would come home with hundreds of photos (with digital photography it is thousands of photo references!) and a few sketches for the depth perception. From these, I start planning paintings. I sometimes go on a hike with a specific idea for which I am seeking sketches and photo references.

I enjoy taking the time to sketch, but it isn’t just the need to paint what I see that draws me to the outdoors. I have learned that sometimes it is nice to even just sit and absorb the beauty without trying to draw it. It feel’s a bit like I’m “drinking” in God’s creation. There are so many metaphors in creation that lead back to God. In the stillness of just being present, as I sit and listen and wait in quiet, I can hear and see the metaphors and things that God is whispering to me.artist Julie Drew contemplating watercolor


For God alone my soul waits in silence… Psalm 62

It has been a long journey, this learning to wait, to enjoy moments, not to be rushing on to the next thing to do or paint. For me, it is a process of letting go of agendas, of accomplishment, and of worrying about making the people around me happy with me. At times, I fall back into the old patterns, but I am learning to recognize this in myself. On a hike I don’t take quite so many photos, and I sit and absorb as much as I sit and draw/paint.

A couple of years ago, my husband, Sam, and I took a trip to Europe. Since we were flying, I had to find compact art supplies that I could take on the plane. Traveling light. Now it is my art/camera travel bag for wherever I am going – hiking, road trip etc. I can even pair that down to a smaller size and take just the essentials.

This Saturday morning (July 23), I will be teaching en plein air on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in Devon. I will be teaching sketching as well as painting: how to capture what is before us; what to paint, what to leave out; and eye training. There is still room in the workshop, if you would like to come.

 

Are you curious about what is in my art-camera bag? 

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Student Gallery

The Joy of Teaching

This fall, I was privileged to teach a few different classes. It was fun to work with each of my students and watch their progress! My students usually pick their own subject matter and I teach them what they need for each painting or drawing. Some of the students are beginners, others have been taking lessons for several years.

In the watercolor classes we did some pouring watercolor in the northern light paintings; and then each student brought in photos to work from in a variety of subject matter.

I didn't remember to take pictures of everyone's work, but I would like to present this student gallery of a portion of the paintings both finished and ones "in progress" from the watercolor classes. Isn't it lovely! They did beautiful work!

The registration is open for the winter-spring watercolor sessions, and the Enneagram class.

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Spend a summer evening learning to paint watercolours outdoors and learning about the historical John Walter Museum. The night will start with a brief tour of the site with an interpreter and after you'll learn how to paint on location in the beautiful river valley, mix colours, work on composition and more! All supplies included.

Two dates to choose from:

Monday, July 19, 2021 course #688972
Monday, Aug 9, 2021course #688973

$65 each

Sign up through MoveLearnPlay.edmonton.ca 

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Acrylics 1 &2  Course #695306   Register at MoveLearnPlay.edmonton.ca

12:30 - 3:30 pm  8 Tuesdays at the City Arts Centre in Garneau, 10943 83 Ave

Oct 5 - Nov 23, 2021

Quick drying time and multiple textures make acrylics a great choice for beginners and intermediates. In this class students will learn painting basics (composition, colour, painting techniques) as well as have a chance to express their personal creativity. Students can expect material costs to be between $100-$200.

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Drawing and Painting with Mixed Media  Course #695313  Register at MoveLearnPlay.edmonton.ca

1 - 4 pm   8 Thursday Afternoons at Terwillegar Rec. Centre, Multi-Purpose Room B (Enter the Entrance 2 and go up the stairs to the right and all the way down the hall.)

Oct 7 - Dec 2, 2021

Never taken a drawing or painting class? No problem, this class is for all skill levels, taking you to the next step in the process. Use watercolor pencils and ink to draw and sketch landscapes, animals, and people. You can also try travel sketching with some plein air sessions during the eight weeks, weather permitting.

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Watercolour 1 & 2  Course #695318  Registration will be at MoveLearnPlay.edmonton.ca on the last page of the classes
 
Oct 18 - Dec 6, 2021  8 Monday afternoons at Terwillegar Rec. Centre, Multi-Purpose Room B (Enter the Entrance 2 and go up the stairs to the right and all the way down the hall.)
 
For beginner and advanced students. Learn to apply watercolor techniques to any subject matter. Use your creativity to expand on what you learn and take the next step in the learning process for yourself.

Northern Lights in Watercolor  Workshop  Register at Paintspot.ca

Nov 13
10 am - 4 pm.

$80

Capture the beauty and movement of the Northern Lights using watercolor in this step-by-step workshop. These simple landscapes can be done by beginner to advanced students.
Learn to:

  • work with pouring and wet into wet to create movement in a night sky
  • mix colors to create the night scene
  • use photo references and imagination to sketch out ideas for painting the landscape
  • combine different watercolor techniques to achieve the elements in the landscape

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Supply List for Workshop:

Watercolors: tube paint 

  • Dioxazine purple or Deep, dark purple
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Phthalo blue
  • Lemon yellow
  • Permanent Green

Palette for watercolor
Arches 140 lb cold press full sheet, tear into quarters
Painting boards (tape on watercolor paper) heavy cardboard or Masonite are good options
Green painter’s tape
Container for water Brushes

  • 1 in flat brush
  •  Rigger brush
  • Small Round brush
  • Assorted other brushes

Rag/ paper towel
Masking fluid
Old toothbrush
Salt
Sea sponge
Cling wrap
Pencil and eraser
(optional – permanent ink pen with fine tip)
Small sketchbook
Photo references (optional): northern lights, landscapes in the dark
Apron
Lunch, water bottle