Embracing a Creative Life Workshops

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Private classes are continuing and are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays. Classes are limited to two students at one time and meet at my studio for a 2 ½ hour class in drawing, watercolor or collage. CALL FOR INFORMATION.


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I AM EXCITED TO INTRODUCE SOMETHING NEW IN AUGUST 2020! "Morning Rituals" is a weekly one-hour creative class and the perfect addition to your morning routine; My hope is that it will become your creative place to start your week, drop in when you choose, touch base with friends and become more creative, centered and inspired throughout your day and your week.

EACH week you will be introduced to a new creative prompt to inspire an artmaking, writing or music project to share with your creative community.


EMBRACING A CREATIVE LIFE WORKSHOP is an inspiring and motivational experience where you will explore your own creativity using art, creative writing, memoir, storytelling, music, meditation and mindfulness. Supportive, playful and surprising, workshops are taught from the point of view that people are by nature creative and that with the right tools, anyone can tap into their creative inner voice.

You don't need to be an artist to be creative, in fact, the only requirement for attending these workshops is a desire to explore your creative spirit. We are all born to be curious and creative, the real question is how to keep those qualities alive and flourishing in adulthood. EMBRACING A CREATIVE LIFE WORKSHOP encourages people from all ages and professions to attend. In addition, business leaders looking to inspire creative thinking and innovation in the workplace will find these workshops beneficial.

Workshops take place in various locations throughout the desert with classes running approximately 3 hours. Three and four day workshops are available. Please visit www.embracingacreativelife.com or www.artistsnarratives.com for a current schedule and location of workshops or contact Judy Nemer Sklar at 760-902-5467 for more information or to reserve your spot in the workshop.

Workshop Descriptions


Girl Drinking Tea Participants in "Morning Rituals: The Journal and the Journey" will discover the secrets to unleashing one's inner creativity. The morning is a wonderful time to express our creative self. One way to tap into our creative nature is through the use of a drawing or writing journal. Writing or drawing in a diary or journal can be a safe place to express ones hopes and dreams and a great starting point in the discovery or rediscovery of one's inner voice. The authenticity of the journal comes from the writer's willingness to embark upon a journey in search of clarity in an often-chaotic life. In this class students will be introduced to artists, writers and innovators throughout history who have used journal writing as a catalyst in their professional development. Participants will use poetry, music, texts and tweets as prompts in the development of their own personal stories, poems or paintings. We even include our morning tea and coffee as artmaking tools. Whether seeking a reprieve from a hectic life or seeking space for inspiration, this class will combine the analytical with the intuitive. Create and Enjoy!

Bring yourself and an open heart. I will supply the materials.


Middle Child It's time to explore YOU! Henry David Thoreau said "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you imagined". A first step in taking one's dreams seriously is by acknowledging them. It is never too late to dream and master new challenges. In fact, being open to new challenges and to the mysteries of life are hallmarks of the imaginative mind. Reignite the creative spark you were born with and with art-making as a guide, propel yourself forward. Using personal photos and collage in this class you will explore a project about your "self". This is fun class that explores what makes you unique! It's all about you!

Bring yourself, a photo of yourself to use for our project and an open heart. I will supply the materials.




Middle Child This class explores the relationship between nature and art and reminds us how nature can restore, heal and open our hearts to our self. This is a fun and whimsical class focusing on the portrait and the various elements in nature. We will loosen up with drawing exercises and then using watercolors and watercolor pencils, we will explore our "self". Discover why great artists from the past to the present consider nature their muse. I will supply paints and paper but if you have a favorite brush, pencil or watercolor paint box feel free to bring them along. This class runs through lunch...bring a bag lunch if you like.






Middle Child Van Gogh had the ability to bring simple flowers to life and Monet's use of shadow, light and water showcased his lilies in this garden in France. The beauty of the simple flower is a reminder that we are part of things bigger than ourselves. We'll use poetry and paints, pencils and brushes and the inspiration from artists past and present to create a project based on the flower. We also start with loose warm-ups and then begin our project. I'll bring the supplies but if you have a favorite brush, pencil or watercolor paint box feel free to bring them along. This class runs through lunch...bring a bag lunch if you like.





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