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Through workshops and other events we provide opportunities to meet and learn from artists and writers who are committed to their practice. We have a variety of interesting online workshops coming up in 2017 — some may introduce you to something completely new and different, others may deepen your understanding of a familiar topic. We hope you find something appealing. Please contact us with questions, if you'd like us to offer something specific, or if you are interested in teaching a workshop for us: info@shantiarts.com.

2017 UPCOMING ONLINE WORKSHOPS
LITERARY ARTS          
Words and Images: Ekphrastic Writing Naomi Beth Wakan 4 weeks February 6 to March 5, 2017 $160 REGISTER NOW
Writing Place: Landscape, People, and the Natural World Linda Buckmaster 5 weeks March 27 to April 30, 2017 $175 REGISTER NOW
Building a House: Writing Memoir and Personal Essay Janet Sunderland 4 weeks June 5 to July 2, 2017 $160 REGISTER NOW
The Family That Writes Together Matt Pasca 6 weeks June 19 to July 31, 2017 $190 REGISTER NOW
Introduction to Japanese Poetry Naomi Beth Wakan 4 weeks September 11 to October 8, 2017 $160 REGISTER NOW
Spiritual Writing Janet Sunderland 4 weeks October 16 to November 12, 2017 $160 REGISTER NOW
VISUAL ARTS          
Experiments in Abstract and Impressionistic Photography Susan Ruach 6 weeks March 6 to April 16, 2017 $190 REGISTER NOW
Your Inner Gift: Cultivating the Art of Simplicity in Photography Andy Ilachinski 6 weeks September 11 to October 23, 2017 $190 REGISTER NOW
Abstracting Nature in Your Chosen Medium Candace Law 6 weeks October 9 to November 19, 2017 $190 REGISTER NOW
CREATIVITY AND SPIRITUALITY          
Joy Forever: Forming a Daily Creative Practice Susan Currie 7 weeks March 20 to May 8, 2017 $195 REGISTER NOW
Opening to Creativity with a Visual Journal Jackie Meier 5 weeks May 9 to June 18, 2017 * $175 REGISTER NOW
Spiritual Writing Janet Sunderland 4 weeks October 16 to November 12, 2017 $160 REGISTER NOW

Words and Images: Ekphrastic Writing - REGISTER NOW

Are you a writer with a strong interest in visual art? Or, are you an artist wanting to enrich your connection with writing?

Learn about ekphrastic writing: writing about another art form; for example, music, dance, or painting. The writing may describe the work, but, more importantly, it seeks to enrich it. Participants will write about some selected pieces of art using varying approaches in different exercises. Once familiar with these approaches, participants will write about a favorite piece of art, their own creation, or someone else’s work. Both writers and artists will benefit, as this workshop encourages taking a fresh look at one's usual creative outlet.

Instructor: Naomi Beth Wakan website | contact
Four Weeks: February 6 to March 5, 2017
Fee: $160
Enrollment Limit: 8

Naomi Beth Wakan is a personal essayist and the Poet Laureate of Nanaimo. She has authored over fifty books, most recently, On the Arts, a series of essays on various aspects of creativity based on pieces she has written for Still Point Arts Quarterly. She lives on Gabriola Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Writing Place: Landscape, People, and the Natural World - REGISTER NOW

Are you drawn to a certain place and long to write about it? Do you want to embed a sense of place into your creative writing?

Learn about and practice writing about place, a subgenre that includes any of the elements that make a specific place what it is. It can include layers of history, natural history, human culture, the spirit world, and the built environment to bring us to this present moment. We can be advocates, critics, or lovers of a place. For many of us, specific places are connected to our spirituality and deeper self. Also, a sense of place can help us ground our writing on any topic. Through writing, we not only express ourselves but also discover more about our subject. By developing our craft, we can better understand and present our world and experiences. Open to writers or aspiring writers of any level. Participants will look at readings on craft and the work of other writers for inspiration, and then practice the writer’s toolkit of image, voice, language, structure, and more. Some exercises will provide the opportunity to write in plein air or at a specific site.

Instructor: Linda Buckmaster blog | contact
Five Weeks: March 27 to April 30, 2017
Fee: $175
Enrollment Limit: 8

Linda Buckmaster is the author of three poetry chapbooks and has more than thirty publications in regional and national journals. One of her pieces was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013. Former Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine, Buckmaster has taught in the University of Maine system for twenty years. She holds an M.F.A. from the Stonecoast writing program at the University of Southern Maine and an M.A. in communication from the University of Maine. She has been awarded writing residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Obras Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center.

Building a House: Writing Memoir and Personal Essay - REGISTER NOW

Have you thought about writing your memoir? Is there something bubbling inside of you that you really want to write about?

Learn to think about writing a personal essay or a book-length memoir like building a house, focusing on structure, situation, and story. Structure (the foundation and studs) - defines the beginning, middle, end, and the time-line; Situation (the walls of each room) - describes what happens, along with characteristics of people, place, and sensory details, to build a picture in the reader's mind and lift the words from the paper into another's experience; Story (the color scheme, furniture, and decorations) - presents the writer's experience and journey of self-discovery to create a reliable narrator for the reader. All of this comes together to bring the you alive so readers will live through you. Suitable for both experienced and emerging writers. Participants will complete a manuscript of about 1,500 words to use as a stand-alone piece or the start of a longer manuscript.

Instructor: Janet Sunderland website | contact
Four Weeks: June 5 to July 2, 2017; Tuesday evenings, 6:30 P.M. Central Time
Fee: $160
Enrollment Limit: 8

Janet Sunderland is a poet and memoirist. Her poetry collection, At the Boundary, was released by Finishing Line Press in May of 2013. Poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Rockhurst Review, Lalitamba, Touch: A Journal of Healing, Kansas City Voices, and the recent anthologies, Love Over 60, Journey to Crone, and When Last on the Mountain. She serves as vice-president on the executive board of Whispering Press. She is a professional actor, a member of SAG-AFTRA, and an adjunct professor, teaching writing and public speaking.

The Family That Writes Together - REGISTER NOW

Do you wish to develop your child's writing interests as well as yours? Does the idea of writing with your child appeal to you?

Experience the adventure of writing alongside your son or daughter, child, tween, or teen! Join award-winning teacher and author Matt Pasca for journey in creative writing journey that will not only enrich your writing but your relationship with other people and the world beyond! Utilizing his twenty years of classroom experience, humor, accessible teaching models, and provocative prompts, Pasca will set you and your son or daughter, child, tween, or teen far down the path of creativity and craft. Writing topics will include setting, characterization, imagery, metaphor, object-work, voice, and memory.

Instructor: Matt Pasca website | contact
Six Weeks: June 19 to July 31, 2017
Fee: $190

Enrollment Limit: 8 families

Matt Pasca has been using the written word to defamiliarize, deconstruct, and reconstruct the world around him since he was eleven. Pasca earned a B.A. in English at Cornell University and a master's degree in Secondary English Education from Stony Brook University. He has taught at Bay Shore High School on the south shore of Long Island since 1997. Pasca has taught a variety of courses, including AP Language, AP Literature, IB English, Mythology, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction, and was named a New York State Teacher of Excellence in 2003. He co-founded his school's Creative Writing Club in 1998 and became the adviser of its Poetry Jams, Visiting Writers' Series, and oft decorated literary-art magazine, The Writers’ Block. Pasca has written two poetry collections: A Thousand Doors (JB Stillwater, 2001), which was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize in Poetry; and Raven Wire (Shanti Arts, 2016).

Introduction to Writing Japanese Poetry - REGISTER NOW

Are you a poet looking to expand your use of poetic forms? Do you want to explore the possibilities within poetry?

Learn about two time-honored forms of Japanese poetry: haiku (the poetry of the senses) and tanka (the poetry of the heart). Participants will be introduced to an understanding of both of these wonderful ways to express one's self in poetry and will receive supportive critique from the instructor. Suitable for both experienced and emerging poets.

Instructor: Naomi Beth Wakan website |contact
Four Weeks: September 11 to October 8, 2017
Fee: $160

Enrollment Limit: 8

Naomi Beth Wakan is a personal essayist and the Poet Laureate of Nanaimo. She has authored over fifty books, most recently, On the Arts, a series of essays on various aspects of creativity based on pieces she has written for Still Point Arts Quarterly. She is the author of the prize-winning book, Haiku: One Breath Poetry. She lives on Gabriola Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Spiritual Writing - REGISTER NOW

Are you yearning to explore your spirit through writing? Are you called to write regularly, perhaps as a daily practice?

Spiritual writing is not necessarily religious writing, but it can be, as evidenced by some of the best spiritual writers: Henri J.M. Nouwen, Kathleen Norris, Donagh O’Shea, and a long list of others. Writing about a painful episode that leads to healing is spiritual writing; to write grief from the heart can also be healing. So can writing joy. Spiritual writing is, in brief, finding the voice that speaks from within and connects us to our deepest self. Writing as a spiritual practice means using the first and most primary human art form – language – to explore deep questions and express important experiences.  Each week, participants will write a short essay around one topic and end by submitting a longer piece for content editing by Janet which she will return to you. Janet incorporates a lifetime of writing and questing with twenty years of liturgical practice and spiritual mentoring in a practical and clear manner to help students find their gateway to spirit through writing.

Instructor: Janet Sunderland website |contact
Four Weeks: October 16 to November 12, 2017; Tuesday evenings, 6:30 P.M. Central Time
Fee: $160

Enrollment Limit: 8

Comments from past participants: "As an instructor, you were engaging and direct, providing structured guidance and feedback while also encouraging my unique writing to emerge." | "Most inspiring for me was how you emphasized the power of our personal stories: valuing, articulating, and writing our truths to share with others."

Janet Sunderland is a poet and memoirist. Her poetry collection, At the Boundary, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2013. Poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Rockhurst Review, Lalitamba, Touch: A Journal of Healing, Kansas City Voices, and the recent anthologies, Love Over 60, Journey to Crone, and When Last on the Mountain. She serves as vice-president on the executive board of Whispering Press. She is a professional actor, a member of SAG-AFTRA, and an adjunct professor, teaching writing and public speaking. Janet incorporates more than twenty years of writing, questing, teaching, liturgical practice, and spiritual mentoring in a practical and clear manner to help students find their gateway to spirit through writing.

Experiments in Abstract and Impressionistic Photography - REGISTER NOW

Ever wonder how an abstract photograph is made? Do you find abstract or impressionistic paintings appealing and want to know how to do something similar with your camera?

Examine styles and learn techniques that produce abstract and impressionistic photography: framing, realistic abstracts, mining an image, camera movement, digital manipulation, and more. Participants will experiment with different ways of making images with their cameras and will have opportunities to share their work and exchange ideas with others in the workshop. Note: participants may use any type of camera they wish, including a film or digital SLR, a point-and-shoot, or a cell phone camera.

Instructor: Susan Ruach website | contact
Six Weeks: March 6 to April 16, 2017
Fee: $190
Enrollment Limit: 8

Susan W. N. Ruach began her love of photography about twenty-eight years ago. Her work began with nature and has developed to also include macro and abstract images as a way to invite the viewer to deeper reflection. Her work has been exhibited across the country and she has received awards from such groups such as the Professional Photographers of America and the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association, She is also interested in photography as a part of one's spiritual journey.

Your Inner Gift: Cultivating the Art of Simplicity in Photography - REGISTER NOW

 

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in making images that express a sense of who you are on the inside? Do you want your images to be more simple and meaningful?

Learn how to cultivate a mindful, intuitive awareness of simplicity in approaching subject matter and composition. Move beyond capturing well exposed snapshots of what you see to using basic elements of a visual grammar to communicate what you feel and to create images that are uniquely personal and meaningful. The focus will be divided equally between finding simplicity within—by developing and nurturing a relationship to subject, camera, and self—and finding simplicity without—by learning specific methods and approaches, including post-processing techniques, to enhance your visual and spiritual awareness of space in the world around us and in our photographs. Ultimately, explore how to convey the spirit of Minor White's sage admonition to "photograph things not only for what they are, but also for what else they are." Note: participants may use any type of camera they wish, including a film or digital SLR, a point-and-shoot, or a cell phone camera.

Instructor: Andy Ilachinski website | contact
Six Weeks: September 11 to October 23, 2017
Fee: $190
Enrollment Limit: 8

By training and profession, Andy Ilachinski is a physicist. However, both by temperament and inner muse, he is a photographer. Photography became his life-long pursuit the day his parents gave him a Polaroid instamatic camera for his 10th birthday. Through his photography, Ilachinski studies the mysterious relationship between inner experiences and outer realities. His creative process is very simple. He takes pictures of what calms his soul. Ilachinski's work has been widely published and awarded. His images have been featured in Lenswork four times, spotlighted in B&W magazine twice, and has been featured in Still Point Arts Quarterly. Ilachinski has been a multiple-time finalist in the prestigious B&W Spider Awards and his work has appeared on many online magazines and blogs (including Luminous Landscape and Shadow & Light magazine). He won the international book contest sponsored by the UK Black + White Photography magazine in 2007. His blog (started in 2004) has been named one of the top 100 photography blogs by Photography Colleges. He received the award Best in Show—Portfolio in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition Simplicity.

Abstracting Nature in Your Chosen Medium - REGISTER NOW

 

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in exploring the possibilities of abstract art? Does nature inspire your artistic creations?

Delve into the art of abstraction, using nature as your initial subject matter. Learn to move in a new direction, away from representational and toward a more abstract style, thus broadening artistic inner vision and creative vocabulary. Through a series of lessons, participants will choose a subject in nature (flowers, water, sky, etc.) and create an abstract composition while focusing on a single artistic element (color, shape, line, etc.). Participants will begin by taking photographs of the week's topic and then create an abstract work in their chosen medium. The instructor will present a video lecture each week, which will include a demonstration. and photographs of in-process and finished work will be posted by participants. Online discussion, comments, and critiques will be encouraged. Note: participants may use any type of camera they wish, including a film or digital SLR, a point-and-shoot, or a cell phone camera.

Instructor: Candace Law website | contact
Six Weeks: October 9 to November 19, 2017
Fee: $190
Enrollment Limit: 8

Candace Law came to art after she had already earned degrees and worked in other fields. Her path led her to complete a BFA in architectural illustration from Lawrence Technological University in 1998. Her artistic work, however, is not exactly based upon her studies, as she found herself attracted to fine art. Law has exhibited her work at the Flint Institute of Arts, the Scarab Club, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center as well as in numerous regional and national shows, both invitational and juried. She has had several solo exhibitions and has won a number of awards, including the award for Distinctive Interpretation of Theme in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition, The River. Law has participated in “The Living Gallery," an artist-in-residence program at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Maryland. She was a juror for the Duke Divinity School's first photographic competition. Along with three other area artists, she recently published Figuratively Speaking, a book of figure drawings. Her work has appeared in Studio Visit magazine and is in a number of private collections, including at Detroit’s Historic Trinity Church. Law is a Detroit native and works full-time from her studio in Berkley, Michigan.

Joy Forever: Forming a Daily Creative Practice - REGISTER NOW

Looking for a life-changing experience? Thinking about adding regular practice into your creative and spiritual journey?

Retreat into YOU in this 7-week journey with poet, photographer, yoga instructor, and creator of The Daily Inhale, Susan Currie. Just as we have daily rituals that nourish our physical selves, so too we might commit to a habit of feeding the soul and stilling the mind in the form of a daily creative practice.  Even if our finished products travel no further than the confines of our sketchpad or studio, the simple act of meeting the dreamer each day and allowing that natural well to spill out through a camera or crochet needles can profoundly shift the spirit. Of her own creative practice, The Daily Inhale, Susan says: "This project has deepened my every step as an artist and a person as I move through this very cluttered world. It has greatly enhanced the contemplative fabric. It’s become my compass. And in the words of John Keats, 'A thing of beauty is a joy for ever / its loveliness increases.' That’s been my experience with The Daily Inhale."

Through a series of weekly guided exercises, workshop participants will: develop skillful practices in mindfulness; explore new creative identities; create road maps for creative practices and commit to those practices; and learn effective strategies for sharing work in social media and other circles.

Instructor: Susan Currie website | contact
Seven Weeks: March 20 to May 8, 2017
Fee: $195
Enrollment Limit: 8

Comments from past participants: "It was perfect timing for me to take this workshop as I was in a funk about my work." | "I feel invigorated and am back in touch with my personal creativity."

Author and photographer Susan Currie is an associate editor at LA YOGA magazine and managing editor at BOSTON YOGA. She is known for her practice of seamlessly blending photographic images with poetic verse and shares her signature process in creative workshops throughout the country. Her words and images have been widely published both in print and online in publications such as The Boston Globe and the Huffington Post.  Her images have been exhibited throughout New England at the Photoplace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont, the Yawkey Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and most recently at the Touch Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2016 Shanti Arts published a collection of her new work, a blend of visual and verse, entitled Once Divided
Opening to Creativity with a Visual Journal - REGISTER NOW

Looking to recharge your creativity? Thinking about incorporating a drawing component to your journaling?

Explore the practice of using a visual diary as inspiration for your innermost creativity. Through exercises, participants will uncover and nurture a connection to a free-flowing source of creativity. Participants will probe the past, find ideas for observation in the present, and look to the future for dreams and how to manifest them. Staying present, observing with the senses, and notating feelings will provide the way to create. Processes and methods used will begin with handwriting; then, using the shapes of words and letters, participants will ease into doodling, drawing, collage, and coloring.  A typical homework exercise will be to sit and both draw and visually describe what you see, hear, smell, and feel, then describe memories that come up while sitting.    

The class will meet virtually, using google hangouts, for an hour and a half on five Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM EST, beginning May 8. Work/play will be assigned to be completed during the week, requiring about 2-3 hours each week.  As work is completed, it will be posted to a group Tumblr page.

Participants have the option of purchasing ($30) a set of materials for the workshop: a gift box containing a wire bound sketch book, 5 colored pencils, Yes! paste, a small set of watercolors, and a watercolor brush. Additionally, participants will need markers and pens.  

Instructor: Jackie Meier website | contact
Five Weeks: May 8 to June 18, 2017 (skipping week of May 22)
Fee: $175
Enrollment Limit: 8

Jackie Meier is an artist and teacher. Her work focuses on abstraction. She uses line and shape with bold color to explore unseen forces, such as gravity, magnetism, and energy. Meier attended Boston College and received a B.A. in economicss. She later pursued her art education at the California College of Arts in San Francisco.  Meier received an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 2003.  She has had numerous solo shows at New York galleries including Nancy Margolis, Janet Kurnatowski, and Kenise Barnes Fine Art.  Meier teaches both children and adults at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York and Pelham Art Center in Pelham, New York.  She has taught watercolor, drawing and painting techniques, and sketch book writing and drawing.  She is active in her community as vice chair of the Village of Mamaroneck's Arts Council, and as co-president of the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Artist Association.

 

 

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