Reflections Art Studio

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Community Classroom

 

An art retreat in the country to learn art techniques to express yourself and your life stories in a visual journal.

 

Live a happy, healthy, creative life!

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What is Visual Journaling?

Visual journaling is a very therapeutic way to express oneself combining art and writing.
There is no right or wrong way of filling a visual journal.  Whatever you feel like creating, exploring, or reflecting upon, your visual journal is always there for you without any judgment.
Visual journaling is a safe, creative way to release and sort through emotions in a healthy way.
It is a process that allows us to remember favourite memories, events, songs, quotes, recipes, people and life tories.
Visual journaling also allows us to release memories, events and people that/who no longer support us.
It is a process of self-discovery. Problem solving, brainstorming, moving forward, establishing priorities, goals, and dreams are all positive things that can be revealed through visual journaling.
A visual journal is a place to heal our art wounds.  Many of us tell ourselves that we are not artists.  It  stems back to a bad mark in art class, a comment from a parent or teacher or loved one that stung our hearts so deeply that we became art paralyzed, stopping us from ever creating art again.
Visual journaling helps to rekindle our art skills, take risks and to learn from each entry and grow using a variety of art techniques.
Art does not have to be displayed, nor does it have to be pretty.  With visual journaling, it is the process that is important.  By taking time to express ourselves, to escape, to slow down, to breathe, to be mindful and present in the moment, to have fun and play, visual journaling changes lives!
Visual journaling is about wellness, mental health and life!
Visual journaling allows us to create art that is a reflection of ourselves.

How can visual journaling help your well-being?

There could be a plethora of reasons you may seek therapeutic channels to remedy internal struggles. We are proud to offer a new and exciting way to expand your inner mind and express it in an easy and fun outlet.

A Great Hobby for Anyone

Reflections Art Studio and Community Classroom is a safe and caring art retreat in the country for people of all ages and abilities to learn how to tell their life stories and express themselves using art in visual journals!

As an elementary school teacher for 27 years, I provide professional quality, unique lessons for all ages and abilities.

Clients are gently guided through the processes, receiving compliments and suggestions to apply basic principles of art and solutions to their art problems.

Visual Journaling Art Retreat
  • For half days, full days, evenings, weekends, week long
  • A series of lessons for six weeks, three hours/week
  • A series of lessons for eight weeks, two hours/wee
Special Offerings
  • Birthday parties
  • Teacher professional development
  • Personal development
  • PD Day Camps for children
  • Teen night
  • Adults only
  • Senior classes
  • Professional development
  • Family nights
  • Date nights
  • Ladies’ /Guys’ Night Out
  • Studio usage
  • Staff development
  • Any special occasion in your life
  • Theme nights
  • Church Groups
  • Youth Groups
  • Mommy and Me, Daddy and Me, Grandparent and Me…
  • Team Nights
  • Neighbourhood nights
School Groups

Community Classroom

  • A weeklong experience
  • Collaboration with the classroom teacher to create a unique program geared to curricular/theme needs
  • Visual journaling throughout the week to record observations, thoughts and feelings and ideas, information, and questions, and discoveries
  • Drama, music, dance and visual arts, including photography, can be integrated

Field Trips

  • Morning, afternoon or day long

In School Art Guest

  • I will come to your school to teach visual journaling or art lessons.

Private & Group Events

Looking for a fun and theraputic activity for a group? Or would you like to hone in on your personal talents? Either way, Reflections Art Studio has the options for you!

Renee Dowling

Visual journaling has saved me! I have been able to explore different healthy ways of dealing with the many challenges in my life.

I use visual journaling to express my life stories and life transitions! It has helped me to move on and feel happy, creative, positive and alive!

Documenting the stories in my life to leave behind as a legacy for my children and grandchildren is another way I use visual journaling.

Because of the benefits of this therapeutic process, I am living a creative life, and I want to help other people live a happy, healthy and creative life too!

I have a Bachelor of Education through the University of Lethbridge, and have taught elementary school students full time for the past 27  years with the Medicine Hat School District. Visual journaling was also an integral part of my students’ school year in all subject areas.

 I was an active member on the ATA Provincial Fine Arts Council as the Editor of their publication, A Fine FACTA.

Happy Students

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“I sooo enjoyed this class! It is a wonderful way to present your personal recipes and to pass them on to be treasured by the next generation! Renee put forth her expertise and guided us through the process which lead me to the creative art side that I thought I didn’t have. It certainly was a new learning experience for me! We had an enjoyable relaxing evening full of creating, laughter and positive conversation. To top off the end of each session we enjoyed a cup of tea and a treat. Thank you for the experience Renee!”

- Doris Beck