Fabulous chatting with Jamie Burnett from ABC radio's Saturday Breakfast program, hopefully demystifying a few things about our Charcoal and Champagne life-drawing classes ..
8.30am Saturday 15th September
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(above) 'Creative Thinking Workshop' for year 10 Business Studies class at Penrhos College
Over the years as I've watched nervous 'beginners' rock up to my 'Charcoal and Champagne' life-drawing classes for adults, as well as my 'Creative Thinking Workshops' which I run for businesses and schools.
In even the short amount of time we spend together, Im endlessly amazed at the remarkable changes in not just how individuals feel about their 'ability to draw' and their 'creative ability', but also their mind set about how they view the body – and so it comes no surprise to see the following findings by Professor Viren Swami, from Anglia Ruskin University:
“Previous studies with adults have shown that life drawing has a positive effect on body image, with evidence coming from cross-sectional, experimental and prospective studies in multiple university and community samples.
“It’s encouraging to see the same may be the case for adolescents as well.
“Negative body image is a real public health concern in young people, particularly because of its association with disordered eating and poorer psychological well-being.
“Our findings are important because they point at an effective means of promoting healthier body image in this age group.
“Regular life drawing classes have the potential not only to promote a more positive body image, but also to develop more realistic notions of what bodies look like.”
For girls, life drawing challenged the idea that the perfect body was thin, he said. Boys no longer assumed that they had to be muscular to be attractive.
Participants also became more respectful of other people’s appearance, the study showed.
“They were less judgmental about other people they might meet, or how they treat their bodies, what they do with their bodies, or how they clothe their bodies,” said Prof Swami.
Previous research had shown that around half of young girls and 35% of boys were dissatisfied with their bodies, the professor added.
The three aspects of body image improved by life drawing were appreciation, acceptance and pride. These related to respecting, feeling good about, and taking care of your body.
If you are interested in finding out about incorporating a coached life-drawing workshop into your school, community or wellness program please get in touch with Aneta.
Still looking that unique 'Mother's Day' gift ? ...
Whether shes already 'arty' or thinks the 'stick-man' is the limit of her creative ability – 'Charcoal and Champange' vouchers are The Perfect Gift!
Valid for 12 months – the only thing better, is if you join her and share this extraordinary experience you'll both remember for years to come !
VOUCHERS : http://bit.ly/charcoal_mothersday18
We feel privileged to have been invited to run a workshop working with a group of women through Jigsaw, an amazing organisation which provides information, counselling, and intermediary services to people separated from family for many different reasons .. so looking forward to meeting the ladies!
Do yourself and your children a favour and watch this video.
Nourishing 'Creative Thinking' is not just a nice concept, it is crucial for us as a species to problem-solve and innovate towards a better future ... Dr. George Land illustrates this and where we go wrong with 'divergent vs convergent thinking' beautifully .. and yes 'fear' doesn't help either.
Good news is ... you can actually "turn your 5 year old self back on".
VOUCHERS : http://bit.ly/valentines_gift18
With 12 months to use the vouchers, you are bound to find a class that suits you both – and before you know it, you'll take on life-drawing (yes with a nude model), with charcoal in one hand and French bubbly in the other! ... The PERFECT date !
Here's a snippet from a heart warming email I got from Eve this week ... she join us at the November 'Big Drawing Workshop' last year after coming along to a 'Charcoal and Champagne' pop up on her own – thank you Eve for sharing! x
"I just wanted to say thank you for my experiences at your classes you are a great teacher and you really inspired me to get back into my drawing and try a few new things. Since the classes I have got myself an easel and some charcoal and have started doing more and more drawing (mainly of my pets so far)." Eve Perry
Some absolutely brilliant 'masterpieces' and no shortage of humour as everyone took on the fun of stepping outside of their comfort zones celebrating the end of the school year & beginning of some well deserved holidays.
As featured in an article by Connect Hearing on ways to communicate without talking, Charcoal and Champagne life-drawing classes are happy to offer a unique opportunity for couples to bond and reconnect, via art. We run guided, pop-up life drawing classes and events, which are unisex and suitable for all levels of experience. All drawing materials are included, as well as a glass of French bubbly, cheeses and nibbles.
Creative Director, Aneta Wnek, loves to engage in the arts community and help people connect with the senses. Life drawing classes allow you to challenge how you see things, engage your senses in different ways and share an experience together that’s both creative and expressive. Art lets you step outside of your comfort zone and try something new, while working with your hands, observing and interpreting, as a way of non-verbal communication.
As a couple, you’ll learn to appreciate the human form from a fresh perspective, while supporting and engaging with each other during the process. By literally getting your hands dirty drawing and smudging charcoal with your fingers and seeing what you're capable of producing, communication becomes all about feeling and without the need for talking.
It was BIG! it was BOLD, and the charcoal even started to take on some of the colours of the rainbow !
Congratulations to all our brave returning 'budding artists' who dared to take on our biggest challenge yet and created some truly spectacular artworks ... can't wait to share more soon ... x
PERTH ! If you've attended a pop-up Charcoal and Champagne life-drawing session before, you know our classes are fun and full of brain bending challenges in a non-competitive, but supportive environment with other eager-to-learn (and have fun) 'budding artists'.
Now, we've created a very special event for those of you who might still consider yourselves beginners, but are ready to learn MORE and CHALLENGE yourself further.
Our full-day, large-scale 'Charcoal and Champagne' Drawing Workshop is the opportunity for you to now start exploring the 'how to' side of drawing ... and develop further skills and techniques to help you bring your 'hidden talents' to the surface and get your 'creative-thinking' brain buzzing!
You will also be given the opportunity to work on a 'BIG SCALE' - yes with large scale easels like a real 'master' in a studio setting.
The class will be broken up into 2 sections - the morning session where you will work with our first model, learning new skills and techniques – and the afternoon session, where you will start applying some of these new skills whilst drawing a life-model on a large-scale easel with charcoal.
For more info and tickets visit : http://bit.ly/charcoal_19NOVworkshop
Despite this, the classes also work on the ‘personal challenge’ level for people who might have more experience 'being creative', and might like to have a bit of fun pushing themselves out of their comfort zone – yes even artists & creatives have comfort zones.
Ultimately, it really doesn’t matter who you are and what you think you can achieve creatively – you will simply be challenged in a non-competitive & safe space, to just 'do your best' and take the challenges presented to you by me, Aneta, your personal creativity coach, as inspiration to interpret in your own, unique way.
There is NO right or wrong in the class.
Technique is NOT a focus in the class.
Rather, it is a class designed to inspire the personal development of each individuals’ creativity, irrelevant to everyone else in the class.
The only thing required for someone to participate, is wanting to give something a go that they might not normally get an opportunity to do, and so, allow themselves to have a go at an unique experience, in a unique setting … and ultimately, the opportunity to ‘maybe’ surprise themselves with what they achieve whilst having a bit of fun and a laugh.
On another level, some might find it a little uncomfortable having a life-model before the class.
This is also a unique setting where the human body is celebrated and appreciated in a non-sexual arena. The models are all professional, comfortable with their bodies, and are of various shapes and sizes.
I have a strong belief this too provides a healthy attitude to body-image, challenging media perceptions of nudity and its sexualisation. Its a beautiful opportunity for students to respectfully observe and ‘celebrate' the form of the body in the class whilst interpreting to paper what they see.
At its very core, I run the classes because I don’t believe in the boxing in of people who ‘are' or 'are not' creative. Creativity is a fundamental part of everyday for everyone – we are born with it, it just needs to be nurtured.
All art materials are supplied as well as lighting and specially selected music to set the atmosphere and complete the fully immersive, multi-sensory experience.
Hope this gives you a bit more insight into the Charcoal and Champagne sessions.
Please feel free to read through some of the testimonials to get more of an idea about what people get out of the sessions, and get in touch if you require any further information.
"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ” -Pablo Picasso
What a wonderful evening in a gorgeous space working with a group of special mums taking the time to nurture their minds and souls ... challenging their 'learnt' limitations.
Shortly after the ladies arrived for their 3 day escape, they were greeted with glasses of bubbles, a spread of tasty morsels ... and their first activity of their retreat – their FIRST EVER experience drawing a gorgeous pregnant model in a life-drawing class guided by their very own Creativity Coach, Aneta Wnek
So beautiful to be part of the transformation of what might initially be such an incredibly 'uncomfortable zone' for some – working thought it together - and them realising they 'can' draw and be creative by giving themselves 'permission' to be more, different, and free of preconceived limitations.
I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that, when you start something new, really different, forged from the depths of your heart and passions, despite the joy it gives 'you' - its not always an easy journey with many challenges, obsticles, and without certainty how your 'best intentions' for others will be received.
I feel so blessed that since I started Charcoal and Champagne in 2015, it is words like these from Paula received as feedback, really provide fuel for me to push on, helping to reassure me that there is something special that happens in the few hours I spend with my budding artists as I take them through the Charcoal and Champagne life-drawing experience.
Sarah from our recent Charcoal & Champagne life-drawing class holding up her first and last picture from the evening after 2 hours of drawing .. the results speak for themselves
WOW ! ... Words can't describe the AMAZING energy created at our pop-up at the Angelo Street Marketplace in South Perth over the weekend – AND wait till you see the masterpieces!
We took four classes – in total 58 budding-artists back to the 70's space-age with our groovy-tunes and stretched their creativity with mind-bending challenges set by Aneta the creativity coach, whilst our fabulous Space-Babe and Bendy Space-Lizard man provided the fun, and at times mind-bending in themselves poses!
The classes were full of such an eclectic mix of festival-goers who were brave enough to sign up to a 'challenge' with no-idea of the treat awaiting them.
We really loved taking some of the fun of our 'Charcoal & Champagne' life-drawing classes we run for adults – and create a short, family-friendly version for our Angelo Street event - we might even do it again!