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. 

 

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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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Drawing Class

4 Drawing Classes

Sept 11-Oct 2, 2017

 

7 - 9 pm

$90.00 +GST

Location: 6724 - 86 St, Edmonton

 

Do you need to brush up on your drawing skills? We will work on perspective, proportion, composition and lighting. This class will mainly focus on the drawing needed as preparation for paintings. The other aspects of drawing will also come up. There will be homework for inbetween classes.

  • week one: buildings, perspective
  • week two: landscape perspective
  • week three: animal - perspective and proportion
  • week four: compostion and lighting

 

Supply list:

9x12 sketchbook

2H + 6B pencil

eraser

clear ruler

protractor

photos: picture for each week's subject  that you want to paint

  • week one  a building (s) (i.e. lighthouse, cottage, castle, barn etc.) 
  • weeks two - landscape;
  • week three:animals;
  • week four - your choice

 

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Workshops and Classes at the Paint Spot 

***REGISTRATION*** Follow the links in the course titles to register on the Paint Spot website.

 

More information coming on all of these... Mark your calendar.

Saturday, Sept 30, 10 am - 4 pm  Plein Air in MillCreek Ravine $60

We have a beautiful ravine close by. Let's take advantage of whatever the weather brings and paint on site. Sketching and painting outdoors is a good way to do eyetraining for painting and drawing. We will talk about composition, what to leave in and what to remove from the scene in front of you. Supply list will be attached soon or sent out after registration. Pack Light as we will need to carry everything a distance to the site.

Any medium welcome.

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Saturday, Nov 4  10 am -4 pm Papermaking Workshop $60 plus $20 for supplies

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to make a variety of papers from natural and recycled fibres. We will begin by making 6-8 different paper pulps such as cattail, thistle, poplar fluff, blue jeans and more, out of seeds, cotton fabric, and recycled acid free paper: You will then have the opportunity to create papers from each of the pulp vats using the templates provided: approximately 10 -15+ unique pieces of paper for you to take home after the workshop.

There is no supply list.
Optional: Fabric,  Inclusions: thread, sprakles, confetti, pressed leaves and flowers.

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4 Thursday evenings Nov 9- Nov 30, 6:30-9 pm Painting on Handmade Paper with Mixed Media $140

We will take the handmade paper made in a previous Papermaking Workshop and use it as a suport for a painting. 

We will work on (at least) two pieces.

One using the Handmade paper for it's own painting.

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The second painting will use one or a combination of handmade papers mounted on birch panel or canvas.

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We will plan out the painting, working on composition. We will work with different media to capture the painting. Bring extra handmade paper to practice on.

Fall Art classes

Fall Art Classes Line up:

New: Watercolor for beginners to intermediate 

Monday nights in Devon

Sept 23 - Nov 25 omit holidays

6:30 - 8:30 pm

$190 + GST

Registration (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

 

With the City Arts Centre, location Terwillegar Rec Centre:

Painting: Watercolour 1 & 2 course #661080 

Register (Adult Programs > Visual Arts Programs > Adult > course id #661080 in the search Or look for the title.) Or call 311.

Sept 16 - Nov 18, 2019, Monday afternoon

1 - 4 PM
$155.00

Whether you have been painting awhile or this is your first class, all are welcome. We will touch on colour theory and the mixing of colors as we utilize a variety of techniques to create paintings of landscapes and other subjects of your own choice. There will be some group exercises to enhance your skills as well as time to work on your own painting projects.

Location: Terwillegar Rec Centre \multipurpose room C

pdfsupply list: 

 

Drawing and Painting with Mixed Media course #661081

Register (Adult Programs > Visual Arts Programs > Adult > course id #661081  in the search Or look for the title.) Or call 311.

Sept 26 - Nov 14, 2019, Thursday afternoon
1 - 4 PM
$155.00

Sharpen your drawing skills. 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. We will use watercolor pencils and ink to draw and sketch landscapes, animals, and people. We will add watercolors for backgrounds to the paintings. We will work toward the idea of travel sketching as well by taking a couple of plein air sessions during the eight weeks, whether permitting.

Location: Terwillegar Rec Centre \multipurpose room C

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Art, Vocabulary for the Soul Retreat


Fall - Art Vocabulary for the Soul Retreat
Nov 1-3, 2019
Early bird price until Sept 15, 2019
Location: Covenant Bay Bible Camp

Registration opens soon

  

June 26-28, 2020 - Art Vocabulary for the Soul Retreat

registration opens in January,
Early bird: March 20, 2020  

Location King's Fold Retreat Centre 

 

SUMMER SPECIALcount me in PAINTING THE NATURE OF WATER
WITH JULIE DREW
MONDAY, AUGUST 12 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 10AM-4PM
$400 + GST + SUPPLY LIST

Your choice of medium: watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel

How to capture water in your painting, when it is always changing? Water is translucent, reflective, ever-moving, calm, turbulent, flowing. And water can be a puddle, an ocean, and any size in between. What wonderful challenges to the artist in any medium! Why not take a few days to study how to paint water? This is a great class for painters who like to do scenic paintings from photos or to paint outdoors and who need to practice ‘getting water right’.

Day 1. Create mini ponds for study, sketch what you see, and consider water’s nature

Day 2. Video study: flowing waters – brooks, streams, rivers; sketching observations, creating one small painting

Day 3. Video study: bodies of water, part 1 – lakes, seas, oceans; sketching observations, creating one small painting

Day 4: Video study: bodies of water, part 2 – lakes, seas, oceans; further observations, creating one small painting

Day 5: Video study: waterfalls – sketching observations, creating one small painting

Expect plenty of guidance from your instructor and a lot of skill training in this series!

Supplies: Participants receive a 20% discount at the Paint Spot on these supplies:

  • Sketchbook approximately 5x7” + 2H + 8B pencil + blending stomp
  • Bring art clothes, hand-/tea-towel, lunch/snack + drink

Watercolour painters, bring your paints, masking fluid + brushes, small watercolour pad/block or large sheet quartered

Acrylic + oil painters, bring your paints, brushes, mediums, + 4 small canvases, canvasboards, or a canvas pad

Pastelists, bring your pastels + pad of pastel paper or 4 small sheets of sanded pastel paper

Location: 10007 80 Ave Edmonton www.paintspot.ca (780) 432 0240

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