Without a Net Creativity and Awareness Class

Expand your creative voice and access a deeper connection with yourself and others in this weekly drop-in class with instructor Dori DeCamillis. Students will learn to break through artist blocks and self-criticism while savoring the joy of being creative. This hour and a half of awakening your curiosity, stretching your imagination, and welcoming self-honesty will enliven any area of your life that needs a spark. Each week will offer a different creative project.

In the spirit of Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” and Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic,” Without a Net Creativity and Awareness Class will offer participants creative exercises in various artistic media that explore personal mind states and perspectives in a judgment-free setting. With humor and self-acceptance as touchstones, participants will explore their own mind states, both light and shadowy, to engender courage, promote self-honesty, and acknowledge the universality of human frailty. The practices will fuel creative thinking while helping to develop resilience and equanimity. The group setting enhances a collective, unifying experience that facilitates individual growth and trust.

Weekly exercises will include explorations in visual arts, written word, sound or music, drama, story telling, photography, and other mediums. We will also use the Without a Net card deck for games in self-study. No experience, talent, or skill necessary. This is not a crafts project class. Participants will probably not go home with a work of art to hang on their wall, and no one will be asked to do anything they’re not comfortable with.

Sample of Scheduled Activities

(Disclaimer: No one will be asked to do anything that makes them uncomfortable. Between the following exercises we will share the findings and victories that unfold.)

-Play games with Without A Net Cards to learn about yourself and the group

-Visual Arts project: Create with various media to connect with present moment awareness

-Written word: Try a fool-proof way to write a decent poem

-Found object diorama: Create and photograph a telltale scene with everyday junk 

-Sound project: Play with sound to create an imaginary situation

-Photography: Take photos that convey a state of mind

-Create an action figure: With simple props make a tiny hero, villain, friend, or guardian

-Movement: Perform your state of mind with expressive gestures and postures (like charades)


Cost: $15 drop-in (covers supplies)

When: Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30 Creativity Class is on hold until further notice. (Check back here for updates for a new start time.)

What to do: Email Dori to reserve your spot or make sure there is room.

Where: Red Dot Gallery

Who: Adults 19 and over

Supplies: All supplies are provided

Reading list: The class will refer to the books “The Artist’s Way” and “Big Magic” as well as Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” and Stephen King’s “On Writing.”