Explore Creativity - Courses and Workshops 2012

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About 'Explore Creativity' and Penelope Thompson

The Artist:   Penelope Thompson - B.A. Visual Arts, M.Ed., Dip. Wholistic Healing 
Penelope Thompson is a highly qualified and experienced Australian contemporary artist, educator and natural therapist.  With a passion for exploring creativity, her work includes painting, drawing, photography, performance art , outdoor and indoor installation art , music and interactive community art events. She has exhibited, taught or performed in many countries including Australia, Korea, Japan, and North America. Nowadays, Penelope shares her  inspiration and knowledge in creative courses at her ‘Explore Creativity’ studio in Towradgi and other local venues around Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

'Explore Creativity' studio and courses

The 'Explore Creativity' studio in Towradgi was set up in 2011 as a creative teaching space for the local community - where participants can explore creativity through a variety of creative courses and personal growth workshops. Penelope also teaches many courses at private venues, community groups, art galleries and colleges.
Please contact Penelope to organize a class or workshop at your venue, or join one of the regular classes at Explore Creativity in Towradgi, or at  other venues in Wollongong such as the WEA, Studio 19, or Artspace Corrimal

Explore Creativity courses include:

List of 'Explore Creativity' Courses currently on offer:-

1. 'The Zen of doodling' - creative drawing classes

    Angel face - Example of Zen of Doodling by Penelope Thompson, Explore Creativity  Snake curl-example of Zen of Doodling by Penelope Thompson, Explore Creativity  Simple mandala-example of Zen of Doodling by Penelope Thompson, Explore Creativity  Flower mandala - example of Zen of Doodling by Penelope Thompson - Explore Creativity  
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escription: Like a guided form of doodling, this drawing technique is based on simple shapes filled with repeated patterns inspired by nature. It is a fun and enjoyable way to focus your mind, let go of stress and allow your creativity to unfold. Very easy to learn - no artistic skills are needed to start. You will be surprised at how easy it is to create unique and beautiful drawings, and how calm and relaxed you feel at the end of each session.
Course length: 3 week blocks - 2 hours per week. 
Course focus: Art, drawing, creativity and relaxation.
Dates:  - a new 3-week class starts each month.
  1. 'Zen of Doodling beginners creative drawing' - Mon Sept 10, 17, 24
  2. 'Zen of Doodling - make and print greeting cards' - Mon Oct. 8, 15, 22
Time: Mon. 6.30pm - 8.30pm (DAY TIME class coming soon - please enquire)
Class size: Max. 6 participants - bookings essential.
Cost: $70 for 3 classes           GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE.
Materials needed:
1. PAPER: Small sketchbook, A5 visual diary or a few sheets of white A4 photocopy paper,
2. PENCIL: 2B pencil,
4. PEN: black fine point drawing pen with permanent ink e.g. 'Sharpie' Pen stylo - fine 0.4mm, Micron pen 0.4mm, 'BIC' Mark-it Ultra fine, etc.
Venue: 'Explore Creativity' studio, Towradgi Road, Towradgi 2518. (Please phone or email  to make a booking and get directions).
Email: info AT explore-creativity.com
Tel: 0401-024882

2. 'Unleash your Inner Artist!' - mixed media creative art classes

Intuitive painting on fabric by Penelope Thompson-Explore Creativity  Pencil drawing of hand-example of Drawing on the right side of the brain using viewfinder by Penelope Thompson-Explore Creativity   Course description:
Play with paint, ink, pencils and non-traditional media. Learn to relax, slow down and really see, let go of fear, and explore easy techniques to allow your creativity to unfold naturally. Different theme each month. E.g. June - focus on colour and symbols, etc. Beginners welcome. 
Course length: Ongoing - 2 hours per week. 
Course focus: Art, relaxation, self expression and fun.
 Dates:  Every Monday morning - ongoing - block of 4 classes - can join anytime if places are available.
DAY - Mondays 10am - 12 noon - ongoing class. 
EVENING  class - coming soon - please enquire.
Class size: Max. 6 participants - bookings essential.
Cost: $25 per class           GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE.
Materials needed:
1. PAPER: medium sketchbook, A5 visual diary
2. PENCILS: 2B pencil
 Students are welcome to bring own art materials but basic paints and brushes etc. are supplied.
Venue: 'Explore Creativity' studio, Towradgi Road, Towradgi 2518. (Please phone or email  to make a booking and get directions).
Email: info AT explore-creativity.com
Tel: 0401-024882

3.Explore your Creativity with The Artist's Way' -  12 week creativity course based on the book, 'The Artist's Way'.

Cover of book 'The Artist's Way' by Julia Cameron, 12 week course Explore Creativity   Course Description:
Based on the well-known book, "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron, this course is designed to help you overcome self-limiting belief systems and help you actualize your creative potential in all areas of your life.
You don't need to be an "artist" or a "creative" person already to benefit from this powerful motivational program. But if you do want to further develop your writing, painting, dance etc., then this course will help you to blast through creative blocks and lift your work to new levels. The weekly sessions offer a supportive group environment and a variety of stimulating and playful activities such as creative writing, collage, affirmations and creative rituals. You will learn how to free yourself from your "Inner Critic" and start flowing with the endless creative possibilities that surround us all. Get in touch with your inner child and your creative adult and begin to manifest your dreams.    Be warned - this course will probably change your life!

Course length: 12 weeks - 1 x 1hr class, plus 12 x 2 hours per week
Course focus:  Enhancing creativity, personal growth

Dates: Thursday  - Sept 6, 2012 Introductory class to kick off the course - 6.45 pm for 1 hour $10. All welcome. 

12 x 2 hr weekly sessions start: Thursday Sept 13, 2012 for 12 weeks until Nov. 29. Choice of  Day or Evening group.

Time:  DAY CLASS: Thur. 10am - 12 noon

EVENING CLASS: Thur. 6.45pm - 8.45pm 

Class size: Max. 8 participants - Bookings essential.
Cost: Only $20 per session - Total $240 for 12 week course. For full payment upfront receive 10% discount or 1 free copy of course book ("The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron RRP $38.99).  Payment in 3 x $80 instalments possible. GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE.
Venue: Explore Creativity Studio, Towradgi Road, Towradgi. (Please phone or email  Penelope to make a booking and get information)

Email: info AT explore-creativity.com
Tel: 0401-024882

4. Freedom Dance - gentle, self-paced dance exercise classes

Course description: This simple dance exercise combines the flow of Tai Chi, the flexibility of Yoga and the freedom of allowing your body to move, stretch and release at its own pace to the rhythm of music. Suitable for all levels of fitness and ability.

Course focus: Dance, relaxation, self expression and fun.
Tuesday mornings - 4 x 1 hour classes - Term 3: starts Tues July 24 - Aug. 14, Term 4: Tues Nov 13 - Dec 4
Tue. 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Class size: Max. 12 participants - bookings essential.
$55 for 4 classes    (10% seniors discount available)     
Materials needed:
Comfortable clothing, bare feet or soft shoes, large towel.
W.E.A., 52 - 56 Auburn St., Wollongong
Online bookings:
Tel: WEA - (02) 4226 1622
posted 19/06/2012 by Penelope Thompson
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso.