Since 2013 I have been trying to spread the word about Mixed Media art locally. As most of you know I live in Montreal, CANADA and mixed media here, is no where as huge as it is in the USA. I ask myself why and I don't have a good answer.
There are stores here locally and across Canada that offer mixed media classes and stock their stores with mixed media items. Two of them that are popular in my area are Scrapbook Centrale and Studio BBG. But despite this fact, if you look at the stats, the number of mixed media addicts that shop these stores, is a very small percentage of the total population of even just Montreal, let alone Canada.
Mixed media art to me is an opportunity for anyone who ever wanted to try their hand at art to see that they can be successful in this art form.
Mixed media has no boundaries - it allows you to play with paint, paper, metals, wood - all in one piece of art. It allows you to combine painting,sketching, drawing, collaging, doodling, journaling - all at once. There are no boundaries in mixed media art. The possibilities are truly only limited by your imagination and open-ness. There is no right and wrong - the rules are still debatable, and this opens up our imagination, and lessens our fear of failing.
Mixed media is so truly about the process for me. In a busy, technological society like today "mindfulness" is becoming the new discussion. How do we step away from all this and go back to a time where we had time to be with our own thoughts, our own ideas, our own imagination?
For me, mixed media is about the process, and truly enjoying the process with every piece of paper I glue on, with every paint stroke I make. It is truly for me, an exercise in "mindfulness". A time when I think of nothing but the paper before me and the process of creating. It is a time just for me.
If you have always told yourself you wanted to take an art class but have been afraid. If this has been on your to do list for years and that item is still not crossed off - I encourage you to look into mixed media art. I will continue to spread this word - help me help you to know more about mixed media.
Here are some ways I am trying to spread the word:
On my Live with Cathy page I offer the following Live class opportunities:
- Face to face classes in a quiet atmosphere (my home) with a maximum of 4 students. These classes are offered every week and I encourage all beginners in art to take the leap. A suggested list of classes is provided on this page.
- I also offer larger classes in a more formal environment at the Griffintown art center in Montreal. These are classes that focus on specific mixed media art forms like making journals, and making shadow box tins. The schedule for May and June for these classes is up now on the Montreal Arts Center website for you to take a look at.
- If all of this scares you - take one of my online classes. An online class is a class where once your register you receive access to a video classroom online. Step by step you work with me and I show you all the techniques I teach in my live classes. The videos are anywhere from 2 to 3 hours long and you watch them at your own pace. You can rewind, replay and listen again and again. If you are in Montreal and you sign up for an online class let me know - I'll offer you 10% off but I need to know you have joined the bandwagon in promoting mixed media so send me a mail after you sign up okay. See all of my online classes here.
- Finally if you need to know more about what Mixed media art is you can check out my mixed media work here and here and here and here.
I encourage to take the leap - check out these classes, either live or online come and join me. You need absolutely no supplies to get started - everything is provided. Before you spend the money on a bunch of products you won't know what to do with - come and take a class and then you can decide where you want to focus. In all classes you will walk away with a finished piece - something you will be proud of. In all classes I guarantee you will enjoy the "play time".
I promise you won't regret opening up this door for yourself. You will be glad you opened yourself up to a new way to create a small space in your life which is just for you.
Come and join me and help spread the Mixed Media word here in Montreal.
Find all the details of my live classes on my Live with Cathy page right here and for my online classes check out the lineup here. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this:
Why do you think there is less excitement about this art form in Canada than in the US?
Why do you think you have not yet taken the art class your promised yourself years ago?
What is it that is holding you back?
How can I help to get you immersed?