2023 Arts for Wellness Workshops

Art-making in itself is seen as therapeutic. There is healing in creating, and more so in trying and failing, experimenting and succeeding alongside one-another.  

When pursuing creative endeavours, we are often focused on the product, and there is merit in creating something beautiful. However there is also merit in creating for the sake of creating, or creating with the intention of expressing oneself, processing feelings or events, or gaining a greater understanding of oneself. 

Soul Images Expressive Arts Studio provides a safe and well-stocked space for creative play. The two key elements of all Arts-for-Wellness activities are curiosity and playfulness. It is always about the process, not so much the product.

See this year’s workshop schedule below.

Please contact Soul Images for more information.

Summer Series

Play Lab

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.”
~ Charles E. Schaefer.

Soul Images Play Lab gives you time to play creatively! We provide the space and materials to help you connect with your creative self – try something new, unlock your creativity or just let go of expectations and perfection as you play with art materials and mark making.

As with all of Soul Images’ offerings, it’s more about the process than the product – playfulness & curiosity is key. It is arts for wellness, but with that extra focus on unlocking creativity and playing with art media.

This workshop below can be facilitated on demand- you get the group (minimum 6) together and we do the rest!

Silent Studio

“Sand and stones can heal your bones, and words can never hold you” ~ Elske  

Silent Studio sessions are just that – a time to create and explore in silence. A little time carved out of your busy week to reconnect with yourself in the silence – a time to listen to your inner voice – and to connect with silent knowledge.

The studio will be set up with a few ‘stations’ where you can engage with mindful creative processes, mark making, and play. You will be free to explore materials and also get into your own creative projects.

As with all of Soul Images’ offerings – it’s more about the process than the product – and playfulness & curiosity is key. We just won’t be talking and there is no single project planned. It’s not arts therapy – it is arts for wellness.

Silent Studio at Soul Images Expressive Arts Studio is a repeating event – every second Thursday from 12 October to 7 December.

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2023/silent-studio/hamilton

Term 4

Play with Denim

14 October
3pm-5pm
$50 (with own denim)

Play with Denim workshops offers you an opportunity to alter an old denim jacket for or a pair of jeans.

Bring your own denim item to work on. You might want to bring an old one – or stop in at the op-shop. It can be jeans, a jacket, an apron, a skirt, a dungaree – anything denim.

You will be provided with the tools and a variety of buttons, threads, lace, ric-rac and trims, etc. to alter your garment. Paint and markers are also a great way to alter a garment.

Driftwood Creations

11 November
3pm-5pm
$50

In the Driftwood Creations workshop you will play and create with driftwood!

Paint, wire, string, clots and driftwood will be provided giving you a variety of ways too use the driftwood.. boats, fish, people, homes, trees…

(Frames might be available and could be up to $10 extra)

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2023/womens-arts-for-wellness-workshop-driftwood-creations/hamilton

Mixed Media Collage and Play

2 December
3pm-5pm
$50

Mixed Media Collage and Play workshops offers you an opportunity to explore using different art mediums, on one art work – mixing it up!

Layering acrylic paint, markers, crayons, stencils, stamps, magazines, stickers, washi-tape, and cut-outs. You can even add 3D elements.
The idea is to play – and see what happens.

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2023/womens-arts-for-wellness-workshop-mixed-media-collage/hamilton

Term 3

Stone Art

5 August (new date)
3pm-5pm
$40

The Stone Art workshop will provide a variety of ways to create with stones.

Paint, markers, string, thread, patterned paper and glue will be provided. And stones.

Art Dolls

23 September
3pm-5pm
$50

In the Art Dolls workshop you will create a figure with wire, foam, cloth, and/or tape. You will decide your figure’s posing and style.

A variety of materials will be available for you to dress or cover the figure with – paint, patterned paper, cloth, hessian, fur, and/or leather.

The aim is not to create a realistic doll, but a figure that expresses something of who you are, for a feeling/mood.

Term 2

Art Dolls

6 May
3pm -5pm
$50

In the Art Dolls workshop you will create a figure with wire, foam, cloth, and/or tape. You will decide your figure’s posing and style.

A variety of materials will be available for you to dress or cover the figure with – paint, patterned paper, cloth, hessian, fur, and/or leather.

The aim is not to create a realistic doll, but a figure that expresses something of who you are, or a feeling/mood.

Play with Printmaking

24 June
3pm-5pm
$45

Play with Printmaking is an opportunity to explore and play with a variety of ways to make prints, including the making of an image that can be printed.

Term 1

Mixed Media Collage and Play

18 February
3pm – 5pm
$40

Mixed Media Collage and Play workshops offers you an opportunity to explore using different art mediums, on one artwork – mixing it up!

Layering acrylic paint, markers, crayons, stencils, stamps, magazines, stickers, washi-tape, and cut-outs. You can even add 3D elements.
The idea is to play – and see what happens.

Paper dolls – Mixed Media

18 March
3pm-5pm
$40

Mixed Media Paper Dolls is a fun workshop taking us back to the 70’s – with a touch of creativity.

We will create our own paper-dolls using patterned paper, magazines, acrylic paint, markers, stencils, stamps, stickers, washi-tape, and cut-outs.

You will have freedom to choose elements, and express your own style. Your doll’s clothes can be fixed or change-able. You might choose to create a background for your paper-doll.

Templates available if desired.

Mum&Daughter – Play w/ Denim

15 April
3pm-5pm
$60 (with own denim)

Play with Denim workshops offers you an opportunity to alter an old denim jacket or a pair of jeans. This workshop is for mum and daughter – a great way to kick off creativity in the school holidays.

Bring your own denim item to work on. You might want to bring an old one – or stop in at the op-shop. It can be jeans, a jacket, an apron, a skirt, a dungaree – anything denim.

You will be provided with the tools and a variety of buttons, threads, lace, ric-rac and trims, etc. to alter your garment. Paint and markers are also a great way to alter a garment.

Soul Images reserves the right to change this schedule.

Soul Images will cancel a workshop if bookings are less than 4. If that happens, payments will be refunded.

All workshop bookings are to be prepaid. No refunds.

Workshops are for adult women unless otherwise specified.