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

in collaboration with ARTidotes Community Project

During the SoulCollage workshop, Cheryl Edwards will demystify the process of collage making and help you start creating a great piece of art. Cheryl will cover all the basics and teach you how to think about subject, composition, layout and consider materials step by step. Participants will learn about common materials and processes and will be invited to think about how uncommon materials (found objects, fabric, etc) complement common materials and bring depth and dimension to each artwork. You will learn which materials work well together and get lots of tips you can use when creating pieces in the future.

 

You will learn how to:

  • Create a collage base on wood and/or paper
  • Affix photo transfer and found objects to a piece
  • Use drawings to enhance imagery
  • Add texture with gesso and acrylic paint
  • Seal the entire work with pour on medium or gel medium

Materials: 

  • Canvas board, wood board, or heavy paper
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Glue or mod podge or wheat paste
  • Charcoal
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Found Objects
  • Sketch Board

Suggested Donation: $10


ARTidotes Community Project

ARTidotes

A community project created by Carolina Mayorga

In partnership with Irene Clouthier, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and Smith Center Artist in Residence Program at Inova Schar Cancer Institute.

Featuring original artwork created in-gallery by Travis Childers, Alexandra Delafkaran, Heloisa Escudero, Carolina Mayorga, Marta Staudinger and Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell

ARTidotes is an ambitious community project, created by Carolina Mayorga to integrate art into daily life throughout Washington, DC, and highlighting art’s active role in the community as an accessible and therapeutic resource.  

This project is inspired by the mission and values promoted by the Healing Arts Gallery and curated by Irene Clouthier. ARTidotes is an evolving collective exhibition with 17 local and international artists of a variety of disciplines, in-gallery and off-site activities and extensive virtual/in-person community-based programming.  

In-gallery Artist Residencies with Carolina Mayorga, Heloisa Escudero, Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell, Travis Childers, Marta Staudinger, and Alexandra Delafkaran

Happenings with Greg Svitil, Cheryl Edwards, Akemi Maegawa, Sobia Ahmad, Carmen Torres


About Cheryl Edwards

Cheryl D. Edwards began her studies in art around 1988 in New York City in a class at the Art Student League taught by Ernest Crichlow. She has been living in Washington, D.C. for the past 26 years, and has exhibited in Washington, D.C., New York, Virginia, Maryland, Miami, Texas, Pennsylvania, Rotterdam, Germany, Monaco, and Hong Kong. Edwards’ practice centers around painting and printmaking with her main mediums being oil, ink, mixed media and acrylics.

with Kiersten Gallagher and special guest Denise Feldman

Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, a common misconception; rather, it’s believed that the prayers and mantras are blown by the wind to spread good will and compassion to everyone the wind may reach. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all. The prayers or a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from exposure to the elements.

In this workshop we’ll learn how to make multi-layer prayer flags to send our hopes and dreams out into the world. Each one will be unique – a personal reflection or wish for ourselves and our collective community/world.

Materials needed:

  • 5-8’ of strong string, ribbon or yarn
  • Old papers, children’s artwork, coloring pages, journal pages, etc. (note that these will be cut and ripped, so nothing that is ‘precious’ to you)
  • Scraps of ‘stuff’ that would otherwise be thrown away
  • Magazines for cutting out words or phrases (optional)
  • Stapler and staples

Optional materials:

  • Watercolor and paper, paint brushes
  • Scraps of fabric, yarn, string, felt, ribbon, etc.
  • Beads, charms, or other add-ons
  • Permanent marker, any color
  • Needle and thread or embroidery floss
  • Hole punch

Suggested Donation: $15


This series is held twice each month on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Upcoming sessions:

  • July 8
  • July 22
  • August 5
  • August 19
  • September 2
  • September 16

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.


Wellness in the Time of COVID

The Washington Home

This 6-month integrative wellness series, sponsored by The Washington Home, will be offered to caregivers, those who are critically ill, and those facing cancer-related challenges during this especially difficult time.


About Denise Feldman

Denise Feldman is a local mixed media artist who discovered the power of creativity as a healing practice after her treatment for breast cancer in 2014. As a creative ‘dabbler’ who loves working with various materials and surfaces, Denise shares her altered book processes and soulful perspective with the hope of inspiring others to tell their stories ‘on the page’ and clear space for life’s chapters yet to come.

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.