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Do you ever feel that you're not artistic?
Have you wanted to explore the arts but never felt you were creative enough?
Have you tried doing artistic things but didn’t have fun because you judged yourself the whole time?
This is the class for you!
There is something very healing about creative expression and embracing the artistic, soulful part of ourselves can have incredible benefits in our life. Too often fear and self-judgement holds us back from exploring that side of ourselves. Sometimes, it feels like we don’t even have a creative side because we’ve spent years being told (by ourselves and others) that we were not talented.
This class is all about the freedom to explore. Learn how you can express your unique creative voice through a playful and judgement free environment. I teach my students how to utilize the sketchbook as a means of exploration. When we free ourselves from the confines of what we believe artistic talent should look like, we gain the ability to see ourselves differently.
A sketchbook is a place to take chances; it's a safe playground, free of judgement. I will take you all the way through a project from creating time and space for creativity, finding inspiration, learning how to use the tools through play, exploring what is meaningful to you and then creating a final product through brainstorming. You will begin to see your style and creative expression emerge. It’s so exciting to see everyone’s unique Creative Voice come through!
No art experience necessary! Open to beginners or advanced students. You will use techniques such as collage, drawing, journaling and painting in a safe, fun environment
Experiment with various mediums and styles such as pencils, markers, paint and collage
Move past fear and into play through fun exercises that encourage your inner artist
Using your sketchbook as a guide, you will begin to see your own style emerge through observing what naturally draws you to creative flow
This course is not so much about techniques like learning how to paint or draw perfect representations of things but more about being able to access your intuition. By focusing more on the process of creating, you will learn about the materials but in a fun way that moves you out of fear and into creativity
Gain confidence to keep a creative practice that will enrich your life
Get encouragement from others who are on their own journey and experience a warm and accepting community
Esther is a full time artist, illustrator and designer who has a passion for teaching. Most recently she has been teaching budding artists and designers at Cornish College of the Arts and IGIMO Art Station in Seattle.
Her work has been featured on stationery, textiles, magazines, advertisements, children's books and more.
Esther is inspired by travel, nature, color, texture, and seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Helping others find and express the creativity that resides inside of them is at the core of what brings her joy.
What Esther's students say about her:
"I loved the focus on being mindful and creative. This class created the time for me to listen to my inner-voice. I was able to be creative using innovative tools. It was nice to deepen past experiences (e.g., coloring and making collages). Esther is a gentle and apt instructor. She is passionate about opening up a space for folks to find themselves. She is willing to give input without being invasive. I really enjoyed the class and it is nice to look back on my projects and feel inspired to create more!"
"Finding Your Creative Voice was a great experience! Esther created a fun and nurturing environment where I was able to explore the creative part of myself." - Jaimie
“Great opportunity to relax in art, explore new media and ways to express.” - Marnie
“I really enjoyed the class and trying something new. - Vera
“This class was so fun! Just as described. I had some doubts about how I would feel about my work, Esther made it really fun and free to make mistakes and just try something to see what happens.” - Susan
“I feel empowered to explore and create in ways I never have before. This is an entire identity shift.” - Blake
“Esther encouraged us to use our sketchbooks for ourselves. This was wonderfully freeing. A reminder not to let perfection get in the way of creativity “ - Jen
"I thought it was great! From the very first class I discovered parts of myself that I didn’t know and I was immediately intrigued and wanted to do more. I felt like I discovered my artist point of view and became less critical of myself. I also felt inspired to try everything, which opened a lot of previously shut door of discovery." - Marshae
“Awesome teacher, would love to take another class with her.”
"Esther is so amazing!! Her enthusiasm about illustration and philosophy on drawing every day have really rejuvenated me after being burnt out on drawing for school for so long."
“Her style of teaching this class is awesome; she's not robotic; makes the course fun to explore, experiment and keeps it exciting to continue learning.”
"Esther is a great teacher, I learned so much and really enjoyed the class!"