creativity: nourishing the soul
the development of this workshop was triggered by my work at the hospital when i witnessed first-hand the amazing and restorative impact of the creative process. everyone has the ability to be creative. often when we reach a certain age, we're told that we're not artistic or art is not relevant to our being. i believe differently. the act of creativity nourishes the soul and everyone has it within them to enjoy the process, find their flow and receive joy, calm or simply fun in the act of creating.
in this workshop, participants are taken on an artistic journey with the goal of creating a safe space void of judgment. individuals have the opportunity to witness first-hand the restorative powers associated with the making of art and be encouraged to find their origination spot – a color, an image, a piece of nature, and/or an emotion to begin the creative process. various art techniques, materials and music will be integrated. working in a group setting can heighten the creative process.
participants can bring ephemera that speak to them such as photos, items from nature, words, etc.
about the workshop
For the first time this fall, our school organized an emotional wellness week. The events of this week varied, with meditation, yoga, and other workshops. Nearly 25 of our students elected to attend our Art and Healing workshop, facilitated by Jane Zamost, in an effort to explore their emotions through art. Throughout the evening, students created mixed-media projects, and did so with a great sense of ease. The tone in the room was electric, yet serene; it was truly beautiful to see students interact, both with peers and with their projects. Jane’s tone allowed all students to feel comfortable exploring their emotions and her art expertise provided them with the guidance necessary to create works for which they were proud. I would highly recommend this workshop to any school looking to provide emotional wellness opportunities or additional outlets for creative expression.
Joshua Sham, Dean of Students, Sophomore Class, Peddie School
Jane did a presentation on The Healing Power of Art at our conference. She is such a talented and caring individual! We were honored to have her as one of our presenters and everyone spoke so highly of her workshop! Thank you, Jane.
Laurie Kolano, Former New Programs and Grants Director, Hope Loves Company