Visual Journaling Art Retreat

Reflections Art Studio and Community Classroom

Learn art techniques to express yourself for as little as $50!

Visual Journaling Art Retreat

Reflections Art Studio

Learn art techniques to express yourself for as little as $50!

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.

It feels so good to create art, to express thoughts and feelings and to document your life journey.

At Reflections Art Studio, meet other people who are experiencing similar life stories and who have the desire to learn, explore different ways to express life stories and transitions, and create art.

Connect with people who want to live a happier, creative life.

When you surround yourself with positive people and experiences, you free up your mind and heart, and are able to see the positives in life and are able to celebrate your successes, memories and special occasions in your life.  

Come to Reflections Art Studio and surround yourself with positive energy and experiences.

Visual journaling is a very therapeutic process. It allows you to express your internal life struggles such as stress, sorrow, loneliness, frustration, and negative thoughts.

Handling feelings experienced during your transitions in life, allows you to free up your mind and have a healthier attitude.

Additionally, visual journaling alleviates the mind of stress and lifts stress from the body.  A mind burdened by stress will also weigh heavy on the body.  By alleviating mental stress, your body is also under less stress, allowing your heart and muscles to become relaxed as well.

Escape to the country and instantly feel calm, peaceful and relaxed at Reflections Art Studio and Community Classroom.

There is no right or wrong way to visual journal.When creating at Reflections Art Studio, your art is a reflection of you. Everyone leaves with their own story documented in their own style using the techniques I have shown them.

By learning many ways to create layers using multi-media, art theory, different ways to organize your thoughts and ideas, memories and troubles your creativity will soar!

Learn creative ways to cover up mistakes and turn them into “happy little accidents.”

You will feel creative because anything is possible as you explore art using multi-media in your visual journal.

Retreat to Reflections Art Studio for a creative, therapeutic art experience in the country!

Ask us about our $40 customized travelling paint kit

Here's what people have said about their experiences with Reflections Art Studio

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

Client
"Renee's art studio is a special place where anyone can go to learn all about being mindful...about being in the moment. It's a safe place and one where "artistic ability" is not a necessity, but the ability to be open minded, to free yourself of preconceived notions about art, is helpful. Renee has provided a beautiful space out on her acreage where one can not only learn how to experience the joy of art journaling, but can also take in incredible views from every window, feel and breathe the fresh country air and take part in fun conversations about art, music or whatever, while drinking tea and nibbling on snacks, including fresh made popcorn and the occasional baked goodie! Did I mention the horses peeking through the slats of the fencing right outside the windows? I'm guessing they'd love to be part of it all and they usually are as Renee loves to take clients out to the barn to meet them and the farm cats too! A wellness experience worth every penny! Thank you, Renee!!"

Michelle M

Artist

Visual Journaling is Perfect for Many Occasions

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.

Offerings

Visual Journaling Art Retreats

  • 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/week

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.

Studio Rental

  • for meetings, workshops, special occasions

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.

To add to the unique art experience in the country, clients also enjoy:

  • exploring the acreage/nature
  • visiting the horses and kittens
  • creating inside the studio
  • creating outside in the beautiful country setting
  • relaxing by the campfire
  • creating on park benches
  • creating, snacking and visiting on a picnic table

Here are some frequently asked questions about Therapeutic art.

Art therapy is a form of unique expression which allows you to use art as mentally productive outlet. Using art as a way to make sense of your inner thoughts helps articulate your subconscious in a way that makes sense to you. This helps alleviate stress and helps you cope with thoughts stuck inside your head.

This is a fantastic outlet for you to expand and improve your artistic talents, all while helping you cope with internal struggles. Using art therapy, you can extract your inner thoughts and place them on a page. This will give you a physical and visual medium to extrapolate on and develop upon.

Art comes in near limitless forms, however, here are a few examples. Drawing, painting, and sculpting are quite common. Depending on your preferences, your mind may take you in other directions. However, we are happy to help you expand upon youth talents and work out your mental obstacles.

Ask us about our $40 customized travelling paint kit

About me

Renee Dowling from Reflections Art Studio

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.

Follow us on Instagram!

[instagram-feed]

Our Contact Info

Address: 7130 Highway 523, Cypress County, AB T1B 0L3

Phone: (403) 952-9475

Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 9pm

Email: reneedowling@reneelovesartreflections.com

Review us

Ask us about our $40 customized travelling paint kit