Inspire your senses. Look to see to remember to enjoy the moment in nature at our plein air studio. With nature as the model, we’ll draw, paint and write on the lawn and front porch of the historic farmhouse. Make a creative wellness journal or take a gentle hike to observe the wonders of the Wells Reserve. Art HOPE artist-in-residence Laura Jaquays will demonstrate watercolor and sketching techniques. Art materials will be provided or field artists may bring their own. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. Reserve admission fee $5. The program is free.
Join Ogunquit artist Laura Jaquays for a morning of creative wellness at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. The founder of Art HOPE, she will be hometown host for a tour of the art galleries and seaside sculpture gardens overlooking Narrow Cove. The program invites participants to enjoy observational drawing and writing, and viewing one of Maine’s finest collections at the historic hub of Ogunquit’s art colony. Laura will offer a creative exercise inspired by the current exhibit BOUNDARIES, a collaborative visual literary project between presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity in the American experience.
Workshop materials will be provided. A free community arts program suppoprted by Art HOPE, the OMAA, and York Hospital Cancer Care. Pre-registration is required.
Join a community conversation about creative wellness and learn to fold an origami crane in the Health & Healing Area at the Common Ground Country Fair. The everyday creative things we do and love to do can benefit health and well-being. Laura Jaquays, founder of the nonprofit arts and healing organization Art HOPE, will share an innovative model for creative living and highlights from her new book. With the help of volunteers, she will teach participants to fold the traditional paper crane as a symbol to celebrate creativity taking flight.
Paint, draw, color, and write in an open studio with art-in-residence Laura Jaquays. Enjoy learning simple watercolor techniques and basics of sketching and coloring. Participants can make affirmation cards or a creative wellness journal. Bring personal artwork and writing to share. Art materials will be provided.
Simple Watercolors for Well-being provides a nurturing studio environment for adventurous painters at any age or skill level. Basic watercolor techniques are demonstrated by Laura Jaquays, a painter and the founder of Art HOPE, a nonprofit arts and healing organization. She leads an inspiring group conversation about painting and creating wellness. Drawing instruction is given to support class projects and on-going practice. Art materials are provided and good advice on how to simply start painting. Participants may bring their own materials and are encouraged to share artworks with the group.
Create origami at the annual community gathering to celebrate creative wellness and the last Sunday of the season at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Learn to fold a classic paper crane. In Japanese tradition, the iconic symbol is a wish for hope, peace, health and well-being, and 1000 is a blessing for good luck. Origami is an expressive medium for art-making, art-taking, and art-giving. Wellness benefits include improved agility and memory, active brain-eye-hand functioning, the confidence of learning a creative skill, and stress reduction through mindfulness. Each crane is a whimsical work of art. This event is an on-going project of the Art HOPE Youth Service in Health Care Program involving local student volunteers who fold cranes throughout the year for York Hospital Cancer Care patients and community members living with longterm illness.