In our gallery and studio space in the Towles Court Art Colony in downtown Sarasota, Expressive Arts Florida offers a variety of exhibits and on-going classes throughout the year. The gallery features art by the four members and the local expressive arts community. We have special exhibits relating to our community programs ranging from art made by people with Parkinson’s disease to children with Autism. We also can create custom-tailored programs.
We offer a variety of workshops and classes, individually and collectively. Classes are structured to use the expressive arts modalities of visual art, creative writing, poetry, movement, music, and drama. All of our workshops are designed for the artist within and do not require any previous art experience. We simply offer an opportunity to express yourself in new and meaningful ways, including: Mind-Body Skills, Art as a Healing Practice, Touch Drawing, Mandala Workshops and more.
We provide consulting, mentoring, art instruction and individual and group expressive arts therapy.
We offer Arts and Health Consultation and Customized Expressive Arts Training Programs
We specialize in contracting with community programs to bring expressive arts into your settings, through staff training, team building, client services, collaborative and community art projects, and more. All programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of each group.
Expressive Arts Florida Institute, our Certificate Training Program in Intermodal Expressive Arts is now fully operational. More information here.
Services from Expressive Arts Florida:
On-Going Services | Workshops | Events | Exhibits | On-Line
Expressive Arts Community Networking
The Expressive Arts Community is flourishing in southwest Florida. Our monthly networking meeting gives practitioners and those in training an opportunity to meet, share, and try out new ideas. Each session will offer a facilitated experience by a community member, as well as networking time. $10 Last Wed of each month Call or email to reserve your spot.
Mind-Body Skills Sessions for Individuals, Couples and Groups
When mind and body are working together there is great opportunity for growth and well being. Participants will explore the scientific basis for mind-body medicine. Participants will also learn effective tools for self-care that can help in dealing with life changes, stress and illness. Call to discuss fees and appointments.
Expressive Arts Mentoring, Consulting, and Supervision
Professional support and consultation is a must for those in this rapidly developing field. At Expressive Arts Florida, our team is available to provide guidance in the fields of therapy, healthcare, education, and more. Our services are available in person, by telephone, email, or Skype. Single or ongoing appointments are available. Call to discuss.
Community/Collaborative Art Making
A collaborative art project is a wonderful addition to your event! We design projects appropriate to your setting and clientele. Conferences, festivals, waiting rooms, educational programs, and even parties are great settings for community art projects, and the finished piece can be hung in a place of honor and posted on your website. Some examples are collaborative mandalas, quilts, mosaics, and Flower of Life.
Creative Team Building
We will design an arts-based team building experience for your agency, business, or work team.
The arts provide a safe and powerful way to increase understanding, tolerance and appreciation, resulting in improved relationships and productivity. And, you will have a beautiful and powerful finished art piece to install in your space.
Call for a consultation; we will create a proposal to meet your needs.
Arts and Health Consultation Sessions
Custom Trainings in Expressive Arts, Arts and Health, Art and Healing
Transforming Trauma through Creative Expression
An 8-week therapy group for women recovering from sexual abuse. Creativity is a powerful way to release the power and transform the energy of past sexual trauma. Small, confidential group. Facilitated by Kathleen Horne, LMHC and Elizabeth Bornstein, LCSW. We are currently forming a new group. Call Kathleen for information 365-6466
Creating Healing Environments
We specialize in transforming your space into one of healing and wellbeing. We will work with you, your staff, students, or residents, to design and collaboratively create mosaics, hand painted furniture, art quilts, and more. Let us show you our portfolio and discuss options, ideas and fees. The possibilities range from a commissioned art work with a healing message, to a complete transformation of an environment.
Here is a powerful example:
Wonderful for hospitals, agencies, waiting rooms, schools, retirement centers, or your home.
Group and Individual sessions available
Images that arise from a deep inner place can be powerful expressions of our authentic creative voice. Touch Drawing offers participants a simple, profound creative experience. Imagery is created by the movement of hands and fingers on a tissue paper surface. Suitable for any level of experience, including beginners. Our facilitators have learned Touch Drawing from Deborah Koff-Chapin, who created it. www.touchdrawing.com
Art as a Healing Practice
An art-making practice as part of our daily lives is health-affirming and life-enhancing. Participants will take time to pause, connect with inner resources through guided meditation, art-making, writing, and sharing/witnessing. This practice is simple and powerful, and can be done individually at home. Any level of art-making experience is welcome. $40 per session. Series of 6 sessions.
Art as a Healing Practice is now also offered ONLINE.
Painting Your Creative Edge
Mandalas for Healing and Creative Expression
The Mandala (Sanskrit for “sacred circle”) is found in nature and as an art/spiritual/healing form within many cultures. Participants will be introduced to this ancient and powerful symbol, and will be guided in creating personal mandalas. All levels of art experience welcome. CEU’s available
Developing Your Touch Drawings
Bring your Touch Drawings and a canvas and learn how to mount and develop them with acrylics, pastels, collage and more. Offered periodically and by request.
Mandala as Personal Practice An ONLINE forum
for exploring the mandala, sharing images, writings, and experiences. Kathleen facilitates by providing information, resources, teachings and images, and offers feedback and suggestions to participants. Discussion and sharing is encouraged between participants. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in exploring the Mandala as a personal art practice, learning more, sharing their art and insights, and staying connected with others, without geographical barriers. Call or email for info. $25 per month (1 month commitment required; renewable on the 1st of each month). Download Flyer.
Art as a Healing Practice Online
Towles Court Art Walks
3rd Friday of each month, 6-10 pm. Join us, and our neighboring gallieries for a vibrant, art-filled evening. Great art, live music, friends and fun! At Expressive Arts Florida we usually have collaborative art projects as well!
MANDALAS – Sacred Circles in Art and Healing - A Community Exhibit
Annually, opening in February.