This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Kiersten Gallagher

Creative expression has often been used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center’s philosophy, but fear of judgment and “not being an artist” can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. Join us for Outside the Lines, where a facilitator will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. Participants who feel comfortable working on their own projects are also welcome to do so.


Outside the Lines is held Bi-Monthly on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • September 22
  • October 6 (Social Hour)
  • October 20

Suggested donation: $10 per class

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.


About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with artist & sculptor Liz Lescault

Art Lab Session 3: Collage / Shattering and Mosaics

(formerly The Art of Doodling)

“I learned about doodling as a meditative practice. I will use that in the future. And I really enjoyed connecting with others.”

  – Art of Doodling Program Participant

 

Art Lab is designed for both novices and experienced artists.

In our September session, we will be exploring more aspects of collage and collaging techniques. These sessions are designed so that anyone can join all or just one of the sessions offered even though new material will be presented in each session.

Please bring a couple of  large images that can be cut into pieces and rearranged. Also bring other images or doodles that can be torn up into small pieces to create mosaics. I encourage those who attend to do whatever they wish to do in the session. I will toss out ideas but I encourage you to make art in any way that suits you.

Art Lab will be about making art as well as the different ways we experience art and how it affects us. We will integrate movement and playful sharing into our art making experience sharing insights, joys and concerns.

You are invited to come to one, some or all of the workshops as the spirit moves you.

Suggested Materials*:

*any collage materials and supplies you may already have will work just as well for this project; the materials suggested below are just some of my favorites.

  • Images or printed materials from any source
  • 4 sheets of 8×11 paper or larger / 32 (minimum weight) – for doodling
  • 2 sheets 11×14″ paper or larger / 65 (minimum weight) – for background or base of collage
  • Scissors
    • Suggested: SINGER 00557 4-1/2-Inch ProSeries Detail Scissors with Nano Tip, Teal (Amazon Smile)
  • Glue stick
    • Suggested: UHU Stic – Clear Glue Stick (Amazon Smile)
  • School pencil and/or mechanical pencil
  • Fine-tipped & ultra fine-tipped magic markers and/or fine-tipped colored markers
    • Suggested: Sharpies
  • Optional
    • Watercolor markers or brush pens (Suggested: ARTEZA Real Brush Pens, 24Colors for Watercolor Painting on Amazon Smile)

Art Lab (formerly The Art of Doodling) will be offered monthly on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:00pm.

Participants are encouraged to drop-in for any session – new themes and projects will be introduced each month.

This hands-on workshop series is for novices and experienced artists.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • September 16
  • October 21
  • November 18
  • December 16

Suggested Donation: $15


About Liz Lescault

Liz Lescault, a visual artist and sculptor, has practiced and taught art for over 40 years. Liz is Coordinator of the DC InterPlay Metro Region and is a member of the DC InterPlay Board. Liz leads Open Gathering days for InterPlay DC and organizes and leads workshops regionally and nationally.

Liz melds her art, teaching and personal philosophy with InterPlay wisdom, tools and forms.

Formerly, Liz, was a hotline crisis counselor, for various suicide prevention lifelines and The Trevor Project providing help for LGBTQ youth in crisis.

Liz also led InterPlay for elders with chronic illness and cognitive disabilities at Iona Senior Center up to the Covid shutdown and is looking forward to leading online programs for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

https://www.lizlescault.com/home

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with artist & sculptor Liz Lescault

Art Lab Session 2: Doodling and Collage

(formerly The Art of Doodling)

“I learned about doodling as a meditative practice. I will use that in the future. And I really enjoyed connecting with others.”

  – Art of Doodling Program Participant

 

Art Lab is designed for both novices and experienced artists.

In our August session, we will be doodling and then collaging with our doodles, and we may combine torn or cutout images from other sources. We will explore ideas and storytelling related to our collages. Come to this session with a few simple ideas, themes or subjects you want to explore.

Doodling is spontaneous, uncensored drawing. Doodling helps us process our emotions, alleviate stress and develop new possibilities for creative expression.

Art Lab will be about making art as well as the different ways we experience art and how it affects us. We will integrate movement and playful sharing into our art making experience sharing insights, joys and concerns.

You are invited to come to one, some or all of the workshops as the spirit moves you.

Suggested Materials*:

*any collage materials and supplies you may already have will work just as well for this project; the materials suggested below are just some of my favorites.

  • 4 sheets of 8×11 paper or larger / 32 (minimum weight) – for doodling
  • 2 sheets 11×14″ paper or larger / 65 (minimum weight) – for background or base of collage
  • Clear 2″ or wider heavy duty packing tape – for transfers
  • Container – for soaking tape & image
  • InkJet printer – for copies of doodles and/or printed materials
    • You can make copies either before or during our Zoom session. Create some doodles at home and/or find images that you can make copies of. Repetition is an important element in collage.
  • Scissors
    • Suggested: SINGER 00557 4-1/2-Inch ProSeries Detail Scissors with Nano Tip, Teal (Amazon Smile)
  • Glue stick
    • Suggested: UHU Stic – Clear Glue Stick (Amazon Smile)
  • School pencil and/or mechanical pencil
  • Fine-tipped & ultra fine-tipped magic markers and/or fine-tipped colored markers
    • Suggested: Sharpies
  • Optional
    • Mod Podge glue
    • Images from any source that you might want to combine with your doodles
    • Colored pencils (Suggested: Prismacolor Premier soft core on Amazon Smile)
    • Watercolor markers or brush pens (Suggested: ARTEZA Real Brush Pens, 24Colors for Watercolor Painting on Amazon Smile)

Art Lab (formerly The Art of Doodling) will be offered monthly on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:00pm.

Participants are encouraged to drop-in for any session – new themes and projects will be introduced each month.

This hands-on workshop series is for novices and experienced artists.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • August 19
  • September 16

Suggested Donation: $15


About Liz Lescault

Liz Lescault, a visual artist and sculptor, has practiced and taught art for over 40 years. Liz is Coordinator of the DC InterPlay Metro Region and is a member of the DC InterPlay Board. Liz leads Open Gathering days for InterPlay DC and organizes and leads workshops regionally and nationally.

Liz melds her art, teaching and personal philosophy with InterPlay wisdom, tools and forms.

Formerly, Liz, was a hotline crisis counselor, for various suicide prevention lifelines and The Trevor Project providing help for LGBTQ youth in crisis.

Liz also led InterPlay for elders with chronic illness and cognitive disabilities at Iona Senior Center up to the Covid shutdown and is looking forward to leading online programs for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

https://www.lizlescault.com/home

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Kiersten Gallagher

Creative expression has often been used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center’s philosophy, but fear of judgment and “not being an artist” can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. Join us for Outside the Lines, where a facilitator will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. Participants who feel comfortable working on their own projects are also welcome to do so.


Outside the Lines is held Bi-Monthly on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • August 18
  • September 1 (Social Hour)
  • September 22
  • October 6 (Social Hour)
  • October 20

Suggested donation: $10 per class

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.


About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Kiersten Gallagher

Creative expression has often been used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center’s philosophy, but fear of judgment and “not being an artist” can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. Join us for Outside the Lines, where a facilitator will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. Participants who feel comfortable working on their own projects are also welcome to do so.


Outside the Lines is held Bi-Monthly on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • July 21
  • August 4 (Social Hour)
  • August 18

Suggested donation: $10 per class

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.


About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with artist & sculptor Liz Lescault

Art Lab Session 1: Doodling and Collage

“I learned about doodling as a meditative practice. I will use that in the future. And I really enjoyed connecting with others.”

  – Art of Doodling Program Participant

 

The Art Lab series is designed for both novices and experienced artists.

In our initial Art Lab session we will be doodling and then collaging with our doodles, and we may combine torn or cutout images from other sources. We will explore ideas and storytelling related to our collages. Come to this session with a few simple ideas, themes or subjects you want to explore.

Doodling is spontaneous, uncensored drawing. Doodling helps us process our emotions, alleviate stress and develop new possibilities for creative expression.

Art Lab will be about making art as well as the different ways we experience art and how it affects us. We will integrate movement and playful sharing into our art making experience sharing insights, joys and concerns.

“The Art of Doodling” is a series of workshops that will encompass abstract and minimally representational drawing. Themes include radiating designs, symmetrical and asymmetrical patterns, imaginary beasts, fantasy figures, graphic stories and sacred symbols. You are invited to come to one, some or all of the workshops as the spirit moves you.

Suggested Materials*:

*any collage materials and supplies you may already have will work just as well for this project; the materials suggested below are just some of my favorites.

  • 8 sheets of 8×11 paper or larger / 28 (minimum weight) – 60 pound paper
  • Scissors
    • Suggested: SINGER 00557 4-1/2-Inch ProSeries Detail Scissors with Nano Tip, Teal (Amazon Smile)
  • Glue stick
    • Suggested: UHU Stic – Clear Glue Stick (Amazon Smile)
  • School pencil and/or mechanical pencil
  • Fine-tipped & ultra fine-tipped magic markers and/or fine-tipped colored markers
    • Suggested: Sharpies
  • Optional
    • Mod Podge glue
    • Images from any source that you might want to combine with your doodles
    • Colored pencils (Suggested: Prismacolor Premier soft core on Amazon Smile)
    • Watercolor markers or brush pens (Suggested: ARTEZA Real Brush Pens, 24Colors for Watercolor Painting on Amazon Smile)

The Art of Doodling will be offered monthly on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:00pm.

Participants are encouraged to drop-in for any session – new themes and projects will be introduced each month.

This hands-on workshop series is for novices and experienced artists.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • July 15
  • August 19

Suggested Donation: $15


About Liz Lescault

Liz Lescault, a visual artist and sculptor, has practiced and taught art for over 40 years. Liz is Coordinator of the DC InterPlay Metro Region and is a member of the DC InterPlay Board. Liz leads Open Gathering days for InterPlay DC and organizes and leads workshops regionally and nationally.

Liz melds her art, teaching and personal philosophy with InterPlay wisdom, tools and forms.

Formerly, Liz, was a hotline crisis counselor, for various suicide prevention lifelines and The Trevor Project providing help for LGBTQ youth in crisis.

Liz also led InterPlay for elders with chronic illness and cognitive disabilities at Iona Senior Center up to the Covid shutdown and is looking forward to leading online programs for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

https://www.lizlescault.com/home

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Kiersten Gallagher

Creative expression has often been used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center’s philosophy, but fear of judgment and “not being an artist” can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. Join us for Outside the Lines, where a facilitator will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. Participants who feel comfortable working on their own projects are also welcome to do so.


Outside the Lines is held Bi-Monthly on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • June 16

Suggested donation: $10 per class

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.


About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Martina Sestakova

Enjoy a workshop of poetry reading and abstract painting with art educator Martina Sestakova. We will refer to Mary Oliver’s poems for inspiration for intuitive explorations in watercolors. May words be interpreted through colors, shapes, and textures? Join in and see.

No experience is needed: just your curious self!

Supplies:

  • 2 sheets of watercolor paper (9×12”)
  • 5-7 sheets of watercolor paper (5×7”)
  • 1 cup for water
  • 1 watercolor paints (trays or tubes)
  • 1 brush (or a variety)
  • 1 pencil
  • paper for notes

Suggested Donation: $10


About Martina Sestakova

Martina Sestakova (owner at RADOST) engages in textile design, painting, and art education. Martina creates scarves that invoke stories of life experiences. Her scarves have been featured on Voice of America and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC). In her paintings on yupo, she communicates words through colors and shapes. Her artworks have been shown at the Adah Rose Gallery (MD) and Latela Curatorial (DC) and other art institutions. As an art educator, Martina offers workshops and brings creativity to the public and communities with limited access to the arts. Martina Sestakova resides in Kensington, MD.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Kiersten Gallagher

Creative expression has often been used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center’s philosophy, but fear of judgment and “not being an artist” can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. Join us for Outside the Lines, where a facilitator will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. Participants who feel comfortable working on their own projects are also welcome to do so.


Outside the Lines is held Bi-Monthly on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • May 19
  • June 2 (Social Hour)
  • June 16

Suggested donation: $10 per class

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.


About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Kathleen O’Toole

There’s a reason that the ancient Celts celebrated Bealtaine (Beltane: May 1, or Mayday) which falls halfway between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. For us in the northern hemisphere, early May ushers in our weeks of greatest light. Doors, windows, byres and livestock would be decorated with yellow May flowers. In parts of Ireland, people would make a May Bush: a thorn bush or branch decorated with flowers, ribbons, bright shells and rushlights. Elsewhere in Europe: Maypoles and music brought people together.

 

In this 90-minute session, we’ll take time to notice and record the wonders of nature and light around us. Kathleen O’Toole, Poet Laureate of Takoma Park, MD will share some of her own and others’ “poems of attention” and invite participants to respond – words, short poems, sketches – and explore some writing practices to help us enter this season with greater attention, and intention. No previous poetry writing experience required, just an openness to playing with words. Bring an open heart, and maybe a photo or sketch of something you’ve noticed this spring that gave you joy.

Suggested Donation: $10


About Kathleen O’Toole

Takoma Park Poet Laureate Kathleen O’Toole is the author of 4 books of poetry (find her at https://kathleenotoolepoetry.com). She has taught writing at Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Institute College of Art. As evident in her longer work, she often seeks inspiration and consolation in nature. For more than thirty years she has been writing haiku as a spiritual practice of attention, and to deepen her experience of the natural world.