Canvas Dance ™ is a workshop that I created in 1998 & have lead in Asheville, NC, DC area and Lenox, MA.
I’m very excited to have just landed in Northampton, Ma…my new home…I Absolutely LOVE IT here!
Amongst the chaos of boxes, I have still managed to PAINT &
hold 7 Canvas Dance ™ experiences in 2 weeks!
I am NOT at my own computer, so I will post pics later.
I’m in love with this workshop!
HISTORY of “CANVAS DANCE”:
My ex & I created “Canvas Dance – Paintings for Peace” ™, back in 1998.
We would sit together passing our journals back in forth to each other, adding to each others drawings & words. It was great fun…one day I said “Ya know, we should take this public on large canvases…with music playing”…”Painting parties…collaboration canvases – community canvases”!
That’s exactly what we did & we called it
“CANVAS DANCE” ™…everyone LOVES it! All ages…artists and non-artists!
I offer many variations on the theme,
I actually have a “menu”, eg. painting in silence, painting to rock & roll,
5 minute intervals, 2 minute intervals, women only, men only…etc.
Usually I like to keep the group 3 to 10 max. The group either work on one very large canvas or pass around individual smaller canvases (sort of like musical chairs-only no one gets left out). I like the individual one best because everyone takes home a painting and the paintings are truly wonderful!
But most importantly Canvas Dance ™ is about people being together…having an experience together…sharing ideas & energy! The finished piece is just a bonus!
It’s not about creating a perfect work of art…it’s about letting yourself dance! Play! Freedom! Trusting! Sharing! Connecting with other people, sometimes you are connecting & creating with complete strangers…
and it is great fun to do with close friends & family too.
It’s deep! Besides the creativity…there is the Personal Growth! You get to see change right before your very eyes! You get to observe your “attachments” & “judgements”! You learn to “LET GO” & trust the process.
During the process, someone or everyone is invited to write down personal thoughts or things people say during the process…and this sometimes is the best part! It makes some beautiful, strange poetry that is shared at the end of the workshop as everyone shows the collaboration canvases.
It is very exciting!
I will be hosting several CANVAS DANCE events locally in Northampton starting in a couple of weeks.
If you are local, look for my posters or call or write me for more info.
I also travel for private events.
To find out more about me – Bethann Shannon, The Art Angel
I always say “GOOGLE ME!”
Canvas Dance ™ is a great cure for loneliness!