Please bring your own preferred art supplies (pens, pencils, paper, canvas, paints, etc.) if you have them; there will be only limited supplies provided.
There is an artist inside each of us.
Creativity is a force everyone can tap into, an innate byproduct of looking closely into the nature of our minds, hearts, and shared reality. If you are feeling stuck, restless, or stressed in your life, developing your own creative outlets is a fantastic and skillful way to feel more satisfaction, peace, and connection to the world around you. Even if you aren’t feeling those things, art-making as a mindful practice can only enrich your everyday existence; facilitating truer seeing, clearer self-knowledge, and expanded purpose.
Are you an struggling to connect with your own wellspring of inspiration? Do you have artistic experience but find yourself sometimes staring at a blank canvas unsure of what mark to make? Or perhaps you have never made a piece of art in your life, but have a deep sense of creative potential lurking inside you? Maybe you’ve always wanted to commune with the muse but don’t know where or how to start the conversation?
If any of the above resonates with you, please join instructor Sam Cooper for an evening of mindful art-making practice at Frederick Meditation Center.
At this one-night workshop, you will learn how to use the lessons of insight practice to more deeply access your intuitive senses of perception and inspiration. After a group meditation, you will embark on a lightly guided, personalized, mindful art-making experience. With both art technique and mindfulness tips throughout, you can learn what uniquely inspires you, and how to manifest that intrinsic inspiration into a work of art.
All skill levels are encouraged to attend!
Experienced artists can sharpen their observational capabilities and discover the root of their vision. Complete beginners can expect an introduction to the profound fun and benefit of artistic expression. And any level of meditation proficiency is welcome as well; the group sit will be guided.
About Sam Cooper
Sam Cooper has been making art all his life. A voracious childhood doodler, he later trained in fine art oil painting as a teenager and young adult, culminating in a solo exhibition at the Yellow Barn Gallery right after high school. High school was also when Buddhism first found him, at the Tibetan temple outside his hometown of Poolesville, MD.
In college, he studied metal plate printmaking as well as Zen–his first introduction to formal meditation. In the years since, he has worked professionally as a graphic designer in the publishing sector and rock music scene, and has transitioned to practicing insight meditation.
He also is an active musician and songwriter, and makes meditation-inspired drawings and paintings. Seeing creativity as one of the most beautiful fruits of mindfulness, Sam enjoys sharing his love for both with the artistically and insightfully inclined!