Mindfulness Practices for Art-Making with Meg Kaczyk, March 14-15

Mindfulness Practices for Art-Making with Meg Kaczyk, March 14-15



In this 2-day workshop you will learn mindfulness practices that can benefit your art making. Simple guided meditation to ground your awareness in the senses will begin each day, followed by art making exercises based on different aspects of mindful experience. Relaxation, presence, acceptance and expansion are liberating and fun outcomes from learning mindfulness basics. 

 Day 1. Following mindful practice instructions, you will take a walk on the Fort Worden campus, into the surrounding woods or shoreline. Choose 1-3 natural objects or observations to bring back with you to the classroom. You will create several interpretations of an object (or observation) using different media for each, noticing the action, reaction, and characteristics unique to each media, and how those inform the expression.

Day 2. In a guided mindfulness practice, we will eat a lovely simple meal of bread, fruit, cheese, and chocolate.  The food elements will also form the objects of our art making exercise, building on the media explorations from Day 1. By relaxing into whole-hearted awareness of taste, touch and seeing, our art can arise from presence and settled-ness, allowing exploration and discovery to happen.

 Suitable for all levels.

All materials provided, materials fee $25 cash or check payable directly to instructor.

 Teaching artist Meg Kaczyk has studied and practiced vipassana meditation for over 20 years, with guidance from Rodney Smith, (now retired) senior teacher of Seattle Insight Meditation Center and IMS, Barre, MA.

Praise for Meg’s Mindfulness Practices for Art Making with Meg Kaczyk (Fall 2019)

A recovering “perfectionist,” I mentally repeated over and over the mantra “relax, show up and be open” in order to battle the ever present underlying fear of doing something wrong. Meg’s approach and demeanor provided a calm, supportive and accepting atmosphere. The whole class focused on the process – how we “felt” individually as we worked. It was a path back to the days when one could find joy in “playing” without self judgement. Meg provided supplies hoping they’d be new to the class – this fueled the vibe to “play” and experiment to see what these new tools could generate. Students shared the new techniques or uses they discovered with these supplies. This childlike, fun collaboration added to this wonderfully extraordinary experience. This workshop exceeded my expectations – it was very “freeing.” I came away feeling quite pleased with what I created and richer for the experiences I had and the people I met.

- Joni


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Faculty photography by Chuck Moses

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