Enlightened Art Workshop #1 9/6/2015

About “Enlightened Art”

Enlightened Art is an eight-week, multi-generational series in collaboration with the Garden Church San Pedro- dedicated to continuing to enrich and engage the community through communal art, nature, gardening, and spiritual connectivity via shared space. As part of the weekly Garden Church gathering, creative workshops in meditational drawing will be led by local artists Ebony Perry and Stephanie Ramirez. Workshops will take place every Sunday from 3-4pm during the months of September and October. Through this art series, our hope is to inspire all who come through the Garden’s gates, and give them the opportunity to experience the power of creativity in making the world a better place. The series of pieces created in these workshops will culminate with the unveiling of a community art piece and fall celebration.

Workshop times: 3-4pm Dates: Every Sunday September-October, 2015 All are welcome • Free


What to expect: A relaxing and no pressure afternoon.

Supplies: All supplies are included! -Drawing can easily provide access to a mindful state of meditation.

-Playful experimentation with drawing Freedom and ease. Drawing, without worrying about making a “perfect” piece of artwork.

-Encourages creativity, which allows the mind to think outside the box.

-It is about being in the moment, enjoying the moment, thinking positively, and the bonus is your art, is a meaningful component of a greater piece.

A bit bout Meditative art:

-Using repetitive, basic patterns to help in reducing stress and anxiety, promotes relaxation and focusing of the mind. It is like yoga for the brain!

-Our intent for this workshop is to open people up to joy, fun, and flow. We aim to experience these qualities in drawing, artistic expression, and in meditation. No artistic experience is necessary.

In this short workshop we’ll practice a traditional academic drawing exercise for a non-traditional purpose – easy access to your mind flowing without attachment. By creating simple parameters within the drawing exercise that anyone, age 8 to 100, can accomplish, you’ll easily follow a path into this moving form of mantra or concentration.

Steps to drawing and meditating on your leaf:


1) Think of a positive word, intention, or even on a particular thing you enjoy about your

peaceful surroundings- and focus. This will be your guiding mantra during the creative session. 2) Begin water coloring your background 3) Wait for your leaf to dry *you can enjoy the garden while you wait* 4) Begin drawing and have fun!

Once your leaf and meditation is complete, write your name on it and place it in the paper bag. Your leaf will go on to be part of a community art project that we will unveil at the fall celebration and culmination for the “Enlightened Art” workshop.

A few fun ideas and inspirations to get you started: