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Join us for some Zoom Art with Kelly from Side Porch Arty Studio!! 

  • May 22nd, 1-2 PM ET

  • All ages welcome!

  • Great Mindful and Fun Activity

  • Supplies:

    • Bright Acrylic Paint 

    • Absorbent paper

    • Saran wrap or plastic wrap

    • Big and small brush - or if you just have one, no worries


    • device to watch the Zoom class!

    • yourself and anyone else in the house who wants to join!

Without question, canvases and paint immediately change the atmosphere to playful and light-hearted. It’s an escape from everyday life. There is bound to be some laughter as well. As the body relaxes so does are need to control everything around us.  For that moment, you can be in the moment.

Any change in routine has the potential to alter current perception. Painting taps into the neurological system where past experience and expectation live to create a new possibility. It only takes one spark to change how we perceive the world. A few mindful moments can have a big impact on how you view the world around you and help to improve how you see your place in the world.


“Art is a natural way to practice mindfulness. The colors, textures and sounds of creating pull us into the moment. You don’t need any previous training to meditate through art, just a willingness to draw like a child, with freedom and a sense of curiosity.” — Amy Maricle, an artist, art therapist and founder of Mindful Art Studio


No matter how skilled or unskilled you consider yourself, approach your art with a beginner’s mind: Focus on the process of creating rather than the outcome on the page.

Start by drawing or painting something you see every day, such as your coffee mug, or try doodling a repetitive shape such as circles or triangles. Don’t worry about making it perfect, just settle into the process.

As you get comfortable with this practice, you can work for longer periods of time, but as with any meditation practice, short bursts can feel more comfortable at first.

Pay attention to the experience of drawing or painting through your senses. Notice what the pen, pencil or brush feels like in your hand. Is it cool or warm, smooth or rough, heavy or light? Does it glide easily across the page, or require a bit more pressure to move it?

As you observe your artwork, look at it closely. What is the nature of the lines or brush strokes on your page? Are they smooth or bumpy? Light or dark?

Instead of judging it as good or bad, approach the process of creating art with curiosity and acceptance.

 - David Gelles - NYT

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