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About Our Workshops

Art & Creativity for Healing is proud to bring you a variety of workshops held in-person at the studio in Laguna Hills and live online via Zoom.

Get the answers to your questions about studio workshops, live online workshops, or private group workshops here.

Upcoming Workshops

Ready to join us for a workshop? View upcoming workshops on our calendar.

close ups of Art4Healing participants creating
Frequently Asked Questions

In-Person Workshop Questions

An Art4Healing® workshop allows participants to get in touch with inner feelings that many times words cannot express. A facilitator leads participants through a series of prompts as they respond by painting abstractly with acrylic colors on canvas. The method helps participants express their feelings in a safe way by associating a color with a feeling. Each participant takes home 3 completed paintings at the end of the workshop.

NO! Previous art experience isn’t necessary! Some workshops require you to have taken a previous Art4Healing workshop, but you do not have to be an artist to create with us.

Workshops are held at our Southern California studio:

 

23011 Moulton Parkway
Suite I-5
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

We've included a map below for your convenience.

Each workshop is 2 hours long unless otherwise noted.

All workshops are led by certified Art for Healing facilitators. Although workshops are therapeutic, we are not art therapists. Participants are free to create and express without facilitator interpretation.

For studio workshops, all art supplies are included, and each workshop is $55 unless noted otherwise.

 

Live online workshops are $39 and DO NOT include suppplies.

Please wear comfortable clothing you wouldn’t mind getting paint on—don’t worry, we’ll provide an apron!

Participants will be able to create and take home 3 paintings – all done with acrylic paint on canvas. The Art4Healing® method teaches participants a way to say things with color and paint when there are no words.

Find an in-person workshop here
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Frequently Asked Questions

Live Online Workshop Questions

An Art4Healing® workshop allows participants to get in touch with inner feelings that many times words cannot express. A facilitator leads participants through a series of prompts as they respond by painting abstractly with acrylic colors on canvas. The method helps participants express their feelings in a safe way by associating a color with a feeling. Each participant creates three unique paintings by the end of a workshop.

NO! Previous art experience isn’t necessary! Some workshops require you to have taken a previous Art4Healing® workshop, but you do not have to be an artist to create with us.

NO! Our live workshops are based on Zoom, a secure, easy to use, industry leading platform. If you have experience browsing, sending e-mails, and know basic computer or phone operation, you’ll be fine! Plus, we’re always here to help if you have problems getting started.

You need a few basic supplies to enjoy an Art4Healing® Workshop:

- 9 Tubes of Acrylic Paint (any brand)

 

- Cadmium Red Medium (or primary color equivalent)
- Cadmium Yellow Medium (or primary color equivalent)
- Ultramarine Blue (or primary color equivalent)
- Cadmium Orange (or primary color equivalent)
- Pthalo Green (or primary color equivalent)
- Dioxizine Violet (or primary color equivalent)
- Mars Black
- Titanium White
- Brown
- Canvas Panels or Canvas Paper

 

- 9” x 12” Canvas panels
- 11” x14” Canvas panels
- 4” x 6” Canvas panels
- Painting Tools – (Please do not use brushes!!)

 

- Q-Tips (12) (your brushes)
- Bag of wedge make-up sponges (12) (your brushes)
- Small (4”) white foam plates (2) (mixing plates)
- Large (10”) white foam plate with 3 compartments (1) (your palette of colors)
- Paper cup with water (1)

 

Miscellaneous

- Pen
- White Copy Paper
- Apron
Plastic to protect the table

If you have a relatively new device with a camera and microphone, Zoom should work. Zoom installs a small client that runs on Windows, MacOS. For mobile devices, you can find the Zoom app on the Apple App Store and Google Play store. You can also join an event from your browser with a plug-in.

You’ll also need a stable Internet connection. In general, a broadband connection of at least 5 Mbps is ideal.

For more Zoom system and bandwidth requirements, see here:

 

Desktops: Windows / Mac OS / Linux

Mobile devices: iOS, iPadOS, and Android

Join an Online Workshop in three easy steps!

- Visit our Calendar page.
- Select the Workshop you’re interesting in attending.
- Click Register.

Our Qgiv system will collect your payment.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail with information on how to register and attend the Zoom workshop. When it’s time for the workshop, click on the link in the e-mail to join the workshop.

To ensure a trouble-free connection when it’s time for a workshop, we recommend you join a test meeting.

You’ll make sure your microphone and camera are working and your connection is fast enough. Testing your connection also configures your device with the Zoom client so you’ll be ready to enter a workshop.

Testing your setup is easy. Zoom provides a test meeting that you can join. All of the instructions can be found here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115002262083-Joining-a-test-meeting

Each online workshop is 2 hours long unless otherwise noted.

All workshops are led by certified Art for Healing facilitators. Although workshops are therapeutic, we are not art therapists. Participants are free to create and express without facilitator interpretation.

Each workshop is $39 unless noted otherwise. All proceeds from our live online workshops go to supporting our Healing Art Box Program for underprivileged youth.

Please wear comfortable clothing you wouldn’t mind getting paint on. Paint in a comfortable, quiet, well-lit location where you don’t mind the occasional splatter.

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Take a Group Workshop

Private Group Workshops​

We will host your group in a private workshop for up to 12 participants (minimum 6 participants). One of our certified facilitators will be on-hand to encourage everyone and guide the fun. You’ll even get to take home your paintings as keepsakes from the special workshop—forever remembering your colorful and creative get together!

Group Workshop Testimonial

“My wife was turning 40 and I wanted to do something special for her so I invited 10 of our closest friends to celebrate my wife’s birthday by participating in an Art & Creativity for Healing workshop. We had a great night and we went to eat dinner afterwards. It was a wonderful experience for my wife to keep paintings created especially for her by people she loves.”

Casey, San Clemente, CA

Check out some private party workshop pictures below:

Contact us to book a group

Prices for private groups are available upon request.

Read our feedback

What They're Saying

Read what people say about how Art4Healing® Workshops helped them overcome their pain or difficulty.

Studio workshop feedback

Like Going Back to Preschool

I have attended several Art4Healing workshops and they have all been GREAT! They are fun, relaxing, enlightening, and totally cathartic. Don’t worry if you’re not an artist–it’s like going back to preschool, just having fun with colors. I always learn something new about myself, and leave feeling so much better. Try this unique experience and see for yourself!

Harvest R., Workshop Participant and Volunteer

I Want to Take More

I found this to be one of the most interesting, soul searching things I have done. I loved it and would love to do all the classes.

Gina

Truly Enjoyable

Art for Healing classes are relaxing and allow participants to find their creativity inside. Truly enjoyable classes…great for children and adults. The Art & Creativity for Healing team are well prepared and organized and encourage expression of all feelings.

D. Torres

Semper Fi!

Self-expression is an important part of my recovery process and abstract art really helps me personally with that. Thanks for all of the support! Semper Fi!

Matt Slade SSGT/USMC

A Beautiful Process

The Painting Hope workshop was such a freeing way to reflect, release, and refresh how hope has played a role in my life. The opportunity to connect with myself AND with other is such a beautiful process.

M. Sauder
Live online workshop feedback

Compliments to You All!

I really wondered before taking the workshop if a virtual workshop could be as powerful as an in-person class. I am thrilled to say that it was for me. I think that is a testament to Laurie’s methodology.  Compliments to you all for making this workshop very meaningful and so enjoyable!

Kathy S.

Beautiful Memories

The painting Love workshop brought out so many beautiful memories in my heart.

Thanh V.

Life-Changing

It is life-changing.

-Larry G. - Wounded Warrior program on Camp Pendleton

Connect in any Circumstance

I love that we can still connect with others from all over and paint together even in the pandemic.

Randi W.

Relief and Positivity

I am always surprised by the feelings that come up and feel such a sense of relief and positivity after painting today.

Laura S.

A Personal Online Experience

I have been pleasantly surprised at how personal the online experience can be

Randi W.

Great Way to Virtually Connect

These virtual Zoom workshops have been very helpful and also convenient to allow people from all over the country and globe to connect with each other. I remember getting to paint with participants who logged in from Texas, Georgia, and more. I highly recommend for virtual Zoom meetings to continue as a virtual option even after this pandemic is finally over. Virtual Art4Healing workshops are such a great way to connect long-distance from home. These virtual meetings have also helped me socialize after being in lockdown for more than a year. Great call Art4Healing for hosting these wonderful virtual workshops!

Ruby Chi

A Beautiful Way to be Together

LIVE “Blessings in Color” workshop was wonderful! The online format is very intimate and such a beautiful way to be together.

Daleana V. - Brandman Certification Graduate

So Glad I Attended

Attended Painting Hope live workshop online and so glad I did. Strongly recommended as it seems there isn’t any better time to rise up hope than these days.

Thanh V.

Definitely Empowered

Yes, I definitely felt empowered at the end of finishing this painting.

Kathleen W.

An Experiential Process

Painting is truly an experiential process for healing.

Sumie H.

A Blank Canvas – Ready to be Filled!

The white represents the hope I have for the future, although it is unknown and yet to be written, I feel I’m looking at a blank canvas, ready to be filled!

Keeley B.

A Fantastic Group!

It was a fantastic group, I so enjoyed seeing everyone’s paintings and hearing their sharing.

Randi W.

My First Virtual Class!

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My first time to join a virtual class and I loved it! Thanks very much for a very insightful workshop. It’s great to meet everyone in the class. This workshop is inspiring. Showing me to value time and not waste a minute.

Daisy

Beautiful Memories

live-workshop-testimonial-than

Painting Love workshop brought out so many beautiful memories in my heart.

Than

Can Be Enjoyed by any Skill Level

This was a fun class that can be enjoyed by any skill level. The facilitator was welcoming and supportive. Her instructions were clear and she created a comfortable environment for those who wanted to share.

Make-A-Wish Foundation employee

A Very Intimate Format

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“LIVE “Blessings in Color” workshop was wonderful! The online format is very intimate and such a beautiful way to be together.”

Daleana V. - Brandman Certification Graduate

Thank You!

Thank you for putting together live workshops! I’m excited to attend again soon. This is such a wonderful way to feel connected even though we can’t be together in person. Thank you!

Keeley B. - International Certification Student from Canada

It Captured Something…

This painting really captured something that I hadn’t been able to put words to!

Keeley B. - International Certification Student from Canada

Blessings in Color

Blessings in Color, what a beautiful way to start the day.

Nunya S.

So Grateful

So grateful that Art & Creativity for Healing has gone live to keep the need for this program available.  So valuable.

Janis M. - Brandman Certification Graduate

So Helpful to Express Feelings

“Painting Life”. It was a wonderful workshop and it was so helpful to express my feelings with paint about recent choices in my life.

Randi W.