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Over the years many of you have shared creative time with us and it has been heart warming watching you all grow in skills and confidence. We have been incredibly honoured to see so many transformative experiences and this, we know has been positive in so many ways. Who would have thought that something as simple as making and creating would help so much, but we know, through years of practice and sharing our knowledge, how much it does! We wanted to say thank you to our vibrant, community for allowing us to guide you along your creative journey and we really are here to cheer you on, and help steer you back, if you have strayed away from what you love doing!

This year we have been able to extend our passion for art to all corners of the world. India, Italy, France, many states in the US, Australia, South Africa, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, Argentina, Puerto Rico + many more. We are so pleased to be able to be to offer our online community more quality online experiences this Autumn and Winter!

Thank you for trusting the process and letting  go to make room for creative magic, wonder, and art beauty!

We all need creative time out and Art is a simple to access vehicle for meditation and self-connection. Here are just some of the benefits: Art, like meditation, allows us to create space between our often negative, anxious thoughts and connect with our true selves – as opposed to the fleeting or false sense of identity we sometimes have when we are caught up in our thoughts and emotions. Art provides a feeling of flow and freedom: Art experience that creative activity has the potential to tap into a space of true consciousness of being, void of interpretation.

We can help you to let go, so that you can enjoy the benefits of Art & Craft activity…..

We know Taking this Time is so good for the soul! Autumn is here and it’s a beautiful invitation to do what you’ve always craving: slow everything down, be present, practice the art of living a full, inspired, centred and happy life. This is all a very positive distraction from what might otherwise be bothering you and time to really focus on you!

We love to begin this season by inviting you to create with us and there is no better way to start this journey with a variety of different Visual Art and Craft opportunities. We have now released Autumn and Winter opportunities to create with us, and along with our longer courses, there are ad hoc opportunities that you can dip in and out and a limited number of art webinars (that will be extended should we have another lockdown!).

We have some beautiful themed visual art and craft art workshops over Autumn, Winter and beyond and we hope you will come join us for one or more art experiences. We can't wait to see your confidence and persistence in creating art grow.

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I loved doing art when I was younger and really enjoyed the Acrylics course, which I had done at Artreach Studios with Kate and Colette.

When I saw the online Art courses during lockdown I seized the opportunity to immerse myself in art. I have loved the experience and learned to factor ‘art time’ into my week when the live videos were on. It really worked for me and I’m convinced this helped me through the lockdown. I was able to forget what was going on in the real world whilst I was immersed in my ‘art bubble’. Kate taught us how to draw and gave me the confidence to experiment and let go of the usual insecurities I have concerning whether I’m good enough. I think it also helped, initially, that no-one could see what I was creating, so if it was awful it didn’t matter!

The first time I posted my art work on The Artreach Tribe page on Facebook I was scared! Then I realised that no one was going to judge me and it was lovely to receive encouraging comments.

I loved the feeling of warmth and encouragement which I felt during the art sessions and really looked forward to each session. Pinterest is amazing for ideas and a starting point. I’d never really used it for art before. As the weeks went on I was able to develop my own pictures, using Kate’s ideas and Pinterest.

I absolutely loved doing the Characterful faces drawing workshop. I just let go and drew whatever came out. I was amazed to see how different each face was each time. I just didn’t know what was going to appear!

I have made birthday cards for all of my friends, rather than buying them and created a jungle picture for my grandson in the UK. Each week was different and called for different styles of drawing and designing your art work.

Since the end of lockdown real life has taken over, I’ve lost my art time. I’m catching up with friends and back to work but once the novelty of seeing everyone dies down I am determined to devote at least one afternoon a week to art. It’s my ‘Me’ time and I have felt the benefit. I’ve put all my work in a folder and named it Lockdown Art to keep. However, what’s more important than the folder is that I’ve got through this difficult time intact, with more confidence in myself and the realisation that it is really worth devoting some time to being creative for wellbeing.

A huge thank you to Kate and Colette for giving your time for us. You are amazing and I look forward to coming onto another course soon. xx

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There is something magical about making art. The process of conveying your emotions in a visual form and stepping into your creative self on a regular basis, helps you to feel stimulated with a sense of accomplishment.

The simple or more complex experiences that define who you are, in turn influence the art we make. There is never a right or wrong time to step into art making, be it drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics or other, the time to begin is now, the only thing holding you back, is you?

The artists behind Artreach Studios, Colette Gambell and Kate Jerry have worked together on visual art projects since 2011, navigating a path that balances professional art practice, curating and managing an art gallery and instructing/teaching through creative art workshops. They both had a rigorous University learning environment, and honed their knowledge, artistic vision and developed a critical eye through fine art degrees. They have both worked in the arts for many years and have been instrumental in the creation and implementation of numerous community arts projects + festivals.

Both artists love to work across mediums and have an in depth knowledge of many different techniques, born out of a natural curiosity,

passion to understand how a material works and a 'no limit' attitude to experimenting with something new. The artists' love of creativity, and willingness to share their knowledge with others, has been a driving force behind their business.

Foremost they teach process over outcome and have had clients ranging from confident artists to

encouraging complete beginners to ‘have a go’ at making art. Creating art can be beneficial throughout all stages of life, helping to make you an all-around better, happier person.

Colette explains, 'we all need creativity in our lives! One of the reasons it is so powerful is because art is a form of meditative play, an active training of the mind that increases awareness and emphasises acceptance of feelings and thoughts without judgment. Something innate takes over and complete relaxation of body and mind ensues. Art making is a great experience; exciting, fun, boasts many positive benefits and is completely inclusive.'

Kate and Colette’s art workshop offerings are conveyed in beautiful presentations, well researched topics, themes, techniques and thoughtfully put together projects that deliver transformational experiences to participants. Their teaching methods have taken years to develop which they have broken down into simple steps that are designed to build confidence, Kate reveals,

‘expecting to get a perfect outcome right away, is not the object, it takes time to build skills and we must look to children, and their ability to delve into joyful art-making process, without worrying about the outcome. We believe in an all-encompassing approach to the visual arts and make it well-rounded, to include a little art history, art appreciation, art aesthetic, critique, celebration, connection and hands-on, mixed media art-making!  Mediums include, exploration in painting, drawing, collage, assemblage, printmaking, 3D sculpture, up-cycled art, textiles, paper maché, ceramics, pottery & lots of d.i.y. artisan craft making!  

From the heart...

Kate and Colette have 9+ years of visual arts education experience and have taught hundreds of children and adults in their Atelier styled Gallery, at Isle Contemporary in the Isle of Man, in schools, museums, festivals and events. Colette goes on to say, 'we both know how lucky we are to have found creative practice. To be able to share such a powerful, therapeutic experience and to aid and participate in another's healing journey is a gift. It's something we feel passionately about, recognising the beauty of transformation within, of 'finding oneself', an enlightening rediscovery. No matter who you are, no matter your age or ability, when one takes a leap of faith, steps into this inspirational world, embraces it, engages with it and opens oneself up to possibility, that's when something magical occurs and we're privileged to be there to guide you.'

They are thrilled to be taking their creative branded art workshops online!  Kate concludes, ‘We love to inspire as many as possible to develop creative confidence, and create a colourful environment as far and as wide as possible. The importance art has had to play in these horrific times of COVID-19 shows how we are turning to the arts… seeking creative outlets to

soothe our spirit, because most of us know the feeling of being moved by a work of art, whether it is a song, a play, a poem, a novel or a painting. Transported to a new place, we become aware of a feeling that may not be unfamiliar to us but which we did not actively focus on before.

This transformative experience is what art is constantly seeking.

One of our major responsibilities is to help people not only get to know and understand something with their minds but also to feel it emotionally and physically. By doing this, art can mitigate the numbing effect created by the glut of information we are faced with today, and motivate people to turn thinking into doing. Art also encourages us to cherish intuition and to accept uncertainty.

‘The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.’ Pablo Picasso

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