Without a Net Workshop
Red Dot Gallery owner Dori DeCamillis offers Without a Net day or weekend workshops inspired by her paintings. Focused on creativity, Without a Net can be focused on Self-Awareness, Team Building, or Spirituality, depending on the group. Read on for a description of the event and an idea of how the schedule might take shape.
In the spirit of my artistic explorations in my own paintings, Without a Net workshop 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.
Exercises will include explorations in visual arts, written word, sound or music, drama, story telling, photography, and other mediums. No experience, talent, or skill necessary. 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. Expect to laugh.
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. Gentle walking and stretching will invigorate participants between tasks. Please bring your camera phone.
-Introduction and slide show
-Visual Arts project: Use various media to find hidden imagery
-Show and Tell: Exchange stories
-Written word: Write loose, nonsense poems (or tidy sensible ones!)
-Hand and face yoga: Express yourself with gestures and postures (even introverts can do this!)
-Found object diorama: Create and photograph a telltale scene with everyday junk
-Sound project: Find a vocal or instrumental sound that resonates
-Charades: Act out!
-Photography: Take photos that convey a state of mind
-Create an action figure: With simple props make a tiny hero, villain, friend, or guardian
-Group discussion: Share the day’s findings and victories