Without a Net Workshop

Kindle creativity, innovative thinking, and courageous introspection in this one-day or weekend Creativity and Self-Awareness workshop with instructor Dori DeCamillis. Students will learn to break through artist blocks and self-criticism while savoring the joy of being creative. This day of awakening your curiosity, stretching your imagination, and welcoming self-honesty will enliven any area of your life that needs a spark. 

For possible participants who think this sounds scary: This is the most common thing expressed by attendees before the workshop. Each one of them finds their fears assuaged soon after the day commences. You are in good company, and you have nothing to worry about. But you won't be sure until you try it!  



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.

Dori DeCamillis Bio

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. Please bring your camera phone, charged and with a charger.

-Visual Arts project: Use various media to find hidden imagery

-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: Examine how sound plays a role in our lives

-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)




The next Without a Net Workshop will be held at Embody Practice Center in Birmingham, AL, on Saturday July 28, 2018, 9:30 to 3:00. The cost is $100. 

Embody Practice Center is located at  3918 Montclair Road, Suite 10Birmingham, AL 3521

Read more about Dori's Without a Net project and see more of her paintings here:

Without a Net Blog

Dori DeCamillis Paintings