I am Lorraine Thomson- a visual artist, painter, Certified Zentangle Teacher, and teacher of creative processes who helps adults with getting in touch with their creative side. In our high tech, digital world where everything and everyone seem to be going at faster rates all the time, it’s my mission to help people reconnect to or find their creative side, slow down, listen to their inner musings and allow expression of this so they can find better balance, and create more expression, art, beauty and joy in their lives.
I have a unique background of training in art, facilitation, creative processes and health care so I provide guided, supportive encouragement, and skills to create the artwork or a personalized creative expression which I have found to be helpful in dealing with life’s stressors. Whether working with visual meditation and focused pattern drawing with Zentangle; connecting with emotions and feelings doing non-dominant hand journaling, drawing and painting in the workshops; facilitating others published processes like in the Artist’s Way group or other types of classes and workshops, I love to encourage people to find their own connection to the creativity.For me, it is critical that I continue to create- it helps my emotional state and helps me process things going on in my life whether good, bad or indifferent. I enjoy drawing, painting, doing mixed media and creating in whatever way I can.
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Fall Tangle Time –6 week class 1 hour per week, 7-8pm Eastern Time starting Wednesday, September 28 – $90 for the 6 classes on Zoom- Need a stress relieving break and a little something for your creativity? How about 1 hour a week of Zentangle? We will explore lots of tangles, strings, enhancers and other techniques like shading to help you relax, de-stress and have a little creativity break. You bring your own supplies to work with. A list will be provided or you can purchase a kit. If in the US different suggestions will be made. The classes will be recorded. Starts Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7-8pm x 6 Wed, evenings.
Introduction to Zentangle Class – Online, $25 Tuesday, October 11, 7-9 pm, OR Thursday, Nov 3, 7-9 pm – Learn the basics, the process and an Introduction to this great art form and visual meditation. Supply your own materials or you can purchase a kit separately, either mine or from your local supplier or Amazon
Tangling with Tripoli, Tuesday, September 20, 630-9pm, $30 Provide your own supplies or purchase a kit. We will be playing with many versions of Tripoli, a versatile tangle from Zentangle Inc. (this is just one of the versions-more samples coming)
The String is the Thing! Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1-4pm $30 We working with the Renaissance tiles (tan coloured) and will be playing with different way of doing strings and combinations, learning some new tangles too. (the image is one of the tiles) gather your own supplies or purchase a kit separately (please discuss with me if you want to purchase a kit – there are different options if you are in the US or Canada with postage rates)
Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 630-9pm. $30 Get your spidey senses tingling with this fun spider and tangled web. Learn some more tangles and create a fun and lil spooky spiderweb for Halloween. You gather your own materials (a list will be given – basic kit plus 6 inch paper) or purchase a kit
Kaleidocycle/Flexagon Twisters, Saturday, Nov 12, 1-4pm, $30 We will be working with these amazing, turning, playful paper objects. You will be send a template for them as well as learn some tangles and the process to create them. A basic one with black pen on white paper will be created in the class – you then have all you need to create more. Great thing to work on with your older child
Beyond the Basics, Oct. 22, 1-330pm We will be creating a larger Zentangle Inspired Art piece, 6×6 inches, with them all coming out of a central spot. New tangles and ways to use them as well as enhancers etc. It’s based on one I created while attending an online workshop. More and better samples to come. Your colour choice on white paper
Pax Dove, Sunday, Dec. 4, 130-430pm We will work on this Zentangle Inspired art pattern flat and then with a few special movements it becomes a three dimensional beautiful dove that is beautiful any time of year and can be hung up on display. I often think of them as Christmas ornaments. We all need a little more peace in our lives. You will be provided with the template for this dove designed by Cherryl Moote and used with permission. You will provide you own materials to work with.
Winter Wonderland ClassDecember 10, 1330pm, $30 we will be working on black tiles with white Gelly roll pens and white charcoal for the “shading”. We will be creating wintery nature scenes that look like it’s a moonlit night. A list of supplies will be provided
IN-PERSON($50 per person including a kit unless otherwise specified)
Introduction to Zentangle Classes Saturday, September 17, 1-3pm, $50 Includes a curated kit of all the needed supplies. Learn the basics, the process and an Introduction to this great art form and visual meditation.
Tangling with Tripoli, Saturday September 24, 930am-12 noon, We will be playing with many versions of Tripoli, a versatile tangle from Zentangle Inc. (this is just one of the versions-more samples coming) you will be provided with materials.
Tangled, Coloured Fall Leaves Saturday, Sept. 24, 1-4pm, in person Create beautiful fall tangled leaves using watercolour or Inktense. Templates for leaves will be provided or you can draw your own. We will paint, tangle and complete 1 maple leaf. Supplies will be provided.
Yes We Wood, Saturday, Oct.15, 930am-12pm We will be learning more tangles, and working on finely shaved pieces of wood using the grain as our strings. Supplies will be provided. (more samples are coming)
Tangled Pumpkins,Saturday, October 15, 1-4pm, $55 (the pumpkins are valued at $10-20) We will be learning a few more tangles, and working on the challenging rounded surfaces of artificial pumpkins with Identipens. Artificial Pumpkins and pens will be provided. Some familiarity with Zentangle and an Intro. class is prerequisite – we won’t be filling it in quite so much as the one in the image.
Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave, Oct. 29, 930am-12pm Get your spidey senses tingling with this fun spider and tangled web. Learn some more tangles and create a fun and lil spooky spiderweb for Halloween. A curated kit is supplied.
The String is the Thing! In person, 1-4pm $50 supplies incl. We working with the Renaissance tiles (tan coloured) and will be playing with different way of doing strings and combinations, learning some new tangles too. (the image is one of the tiles)
Black Moonlight, Saturday Oct. 29, 1-330pm (samples coming) Learn tangles, Tangling on black tiles with moonlight coloured and white gel pens. Supplies provided.
Winter Wonderland ClassFriday, Nov. 18, 1-330pm we will be working on black tiles with white Gelly roll pens and white charcoal for the “shading”. We will be creating wintery nature scenes that look like it’s a moonlit night. A kit will be provided with all the supplies needed.
Christmas ornaments Saturday, Nov 26, 1-4pm We will be doing tangles that are Christmas oriented on actual ornaments of a couple varieties. Supplies provided.
The Wisdom of Your Other Hand Workshop, Saturday, November 5, 10am-5pm, $175, in person, limited class size – more info to come abut this one I am in the works of planning this full day workshop all about connecting with emotions and feelings, diving deeper, dreaming big and working with your non-dominant hand to journal, create various things including a larger abstract painting. It can be a very powerful day for you! You will need a journal and pen but the paint, canvasses and other papers are included. I can’t wait for this one!
GUEST ARTISTS CLASSES
Whimsical Dragonflies with Marijo Swick, Sunday, Sept. 25, 130-430pm Learn to create a whimsical dragonfly out of a pop-can! Plus other interesting bits. These delightful little up-cycled dragonflies are fun to make and can easily be turned into a pin or fridge magnet for a unique little piece of art for your self or as a gift. Instructions and Basic materials will be provided.
Let’s Face It Portrait Sessions Tuesday mornings 930am -1230pm x 6 weeks -starting Oct. 11 finishing Nov.2, $90 The workshop is under the talented guidance of Lois Covington Fuchs and Kit Cutting This workshop is for the artist who likes to paint portraits, or who’d like to try their hand at working from a live model.
Each 3 hour session has a clothed model, to paint/draw in your favourite medium.
Easels and tables are provided, or bring your own setup. You provide the medium and supplies you wish to work with.
There will be no instruction, but a critique (if desired) will be part of each session. It’s more about the practice.
*please note this is happening upstairs at the studio so unfortunately not completely accessible
Mask making with Marijo Swick, Sunday, Oct. 16, 130-430, $60
Looking for something unique for Halloween, or your next cosplay?
Come learn how to make a comfortable fitting beak or plague doctor mask.These masks are fun to make and wear. You will be provided with a pattern to follow along as we create one of the masks together. All the materials will be provided.
Watercolours with Franca Smith Thursdays 1-330pm, monthly 4 week sessions, all levels welcome Franca Smith will be teaching 2 different series of watercolour cards. Thursday afternoons in October we have 4 weeks of different florals being taught. In November, it will be 4 weeks of seasonal watercolour scenes – fall, winter and Christmas. Franca will demonstrate and teach all the watercolour and techniques needed to create these cards. The classes are 4 Thursday afternoons 1-330pm. Each series is $120. Let me or Franca know if there are questions.
Please let me know about other classes you would like to see. I will be doing some more work with the success principles as well coming up so if that would interest you , please let me know. I will keep a separate list of folks for those only interested in personal growth and success principles/Jack Canfield work.
Thanks so much for your continued support. Please let me know if there are any questions.
Non Dominant Hand Workshops
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