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From the studio of an artist during the Corona lockdown and after

At lunch time on March 12th 2020 I said good-bye to the last group of students at the studio after a 2h session and couldn’t foresee how significantly my work would change, at least for quite a foreseeable time. From one week to the next I had to set out all my classes and the realisation of how big the impact of the corona virus to our life’s really is, is still settling in.

Culture, art and creativity are some of the most important human inspirations that keep us going, during the toughest times, we could see that with the many videos of musicians, actors and artists that kept posting inspirational content to keep our spirits high. During the first three weeks of the confinement I tried to find ways to make sure I could continue my classes as they were, in the online world. Little did I know that preparing a kids class that I normally give in three languages, would demand a crippling amount of time to prepare in a written format. Not to even talk about my quest to find a safe platform and a working concept for an online art studio where I wanted nothing more than to go back to my routine of inspiring people to express themselves. Eight weeks later I am still working on the online concepts for classes and have finally found two interesting leads, that also technically seem to allow further classes, but more on that soon.

Since childhood, my escape to happiness and mental strength have always been making art and self expression. You may guess it, in order to come back to my happy core I started to spend more and more time at the studio, which luckily is just across the hall. I have been focusing on making gelli prints and collages and found moments in which I could forget it all and even experienced bliss. And essentially I found a thankfulness for the opportunity to concentrate probably for the first time since my university years, a big part of my working day on the creation of art again. And last but not least I found myself with a substantial collection of cool art pieces now for sale, that are all somehow an expression of this very specific moment in time. Have a look maybe there is something for you there too?!
Without truly running away or closing my eyes from the difficulties that the situation brings, the hours of making art have provided me with an inner balance that helped me to cope with the still existing challenges of the new life.

So in order to help you to find moments of mindful creation I am currently working on two life streaming classes that I hopefully will be able to publish soon, if in the mean time you would like to take one on one art coaching sessions either online or life at the studio (from 18th May onwards) under the given hygiene rules of wearing a mask and washing hands you are very welcome to contact me for appointments. Stay safe & I hope to be able to catch up with you soon,

Sonja x

Mixed Media Art Class – April 2020

Do you like to have fun experimenting and combining various materials for original mixed media art projects? Discovering a wide range of mixed media styles and techniques, from fun and quirky looks to the more sophisticated one’s?


In this six weeks workshop, we will be drawing, collaging, painting – everyone at their own specific level. This workshop is targeted at everybody from the interested beginner to the artistically advanced! And the class is structured in such a way that we will start at outset with an inspirational group exercise, but then you will be able to develop your own personal projects to follow up on.

The art classes take place at my atelier in Belair on Monday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00 and will start on the 27th/28th April. 

Due to holidays the class dates are: 27/28th April, 4/5th May, 11/12th May, 25/26th May, 8/9th June, 15/16th June. The participants number is limited to 8 students per class, please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

The course fee for the set of 6 classes is 360€ and includes all materials. In order to book the classes or in case you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share the information with your friends. 

I am looking forward to exciting new weeks!
Kind regards, 
Sonja

Colour explosion – an expressive painting workshop

This fun and expressive painting workshop over six weeks is structured around the exploration of different colours & art materials, as gouaches, inks, acrylics, crayons etc. It is a class in which we will creatively explore the painting possibilities of the different materials, in order to identify individual preferences that will put the participants on a path to develop their own personal style. You will learn how to work with your inspirations and yet keep an open end process in order to avoid a painting by numbers effect.

The explorative way in which we will use the materials is great for beginners but also for experienced artists a like, as a new use of colours and materials can unblock those who have been stuck in rut for a while. The participants will be encouraged to trust themselves and their painting process and will learn to creatively react to challenges that might appear on their paths.

The workshops take place at my atelier in Belair on Wednesday evenings from 19.00 – 21.00  or on Thursday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00. The classes start on the 29th/30th April.

Due to holidays the class dates are: 29/30th April, 6/7th May, 13/14th May, 20/21th May, 10/11th June, 17/18th June. As the spaces are limited to 8 students, please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

The course fee for the set of 6 classes is 360€ and includes all materials. In order to book the classes or in case you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share the information with your friends. 

I am looking forward to fun new weeks!
Warm regards,
Sonja

Weekend workshop – Purely painting

Join me for a weekend workshop dedicated to painting. Free your inner artist through process driven art exercises that help you to unwind and get into a painting flow. You will learn how attitudes and believes influence our creations and that self limiting and blocking ideas can be overcome with creative play and fun mindful creation processes that will let you be surprised by the outcome every time.  We will be working with crayons, ink and acrylics on paper and examine the expressive power of line, tone, texture, movement and space and any other mixed media materials you might like to introduce. 

The explorative way in which we will use the materials is great for beginners and experienced artists a like, as a new use of the materials can unblock those who have been stuck in rut for a while. The participants will be encouraged to trust themselves and their painting process and will learn to creatively react to challenges that might appear on their paths.

The weekend workshop takes place at my atelier in Belair on Saturday and on Sunday the 14th/15th March from 10.00 – 17.00. The participants number is limited to 8 students per class, please do book early in order to avoid disappointment! We will have a one hour lunch break each day and can either order food online or you can bring your own snack.

The course fee for the two days is 360€ and includes all materials. In order to book the classes or in case you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share the information with your friends. 

Inspire your creativity with all your senses – in the south of France

Come and join me for a summer in the south of France at the foot of the Pyrenees – blue skies and plane trees shadowing the streets, charming alleyways winding between old houses, and crickets chirping in the midday heat;  the  aroma of fresh “baguette” in the morning and a fragrant coffee on the terrace of a sports bar in the afternoon.

This could be your dream come true!

In the setting of the vibrant and exciting music festival in Chalabre, I will offer a 5 day art class program entitled:

Inspire your creativity with all your senses

For 5 days, from August 4th to 8th , we will meet  in either the bright morning light or the warm afternoon sun to paint the  endless inspiration bestowed upon us by this beautiful ancient town and its modern-day music festival. Each day we will work together for 3 hours at various locations and return for an evening hour of review. Daily downtime will provide you the opportunity to continue drawing and painting on your own and explore the rich festival program with musicians and artists from all over the world.  You may choose to wander in the spectacular surrounding landscape or enjoy a refreshing swim at lac de Montbel.

Please register as soon as possible, as this class is limited to a maximum of 10 participants.  The price, inclusive of all materials, is 500 Euro.

For accommodation, you will find ample and affordable offerings including the beautiful  Yobaba-Lounge  (images above) as well as other local hotels, bed & breakfast and Airbnb options in the region! Due to the popularity of the festival I recommend you book your accommodation early. And getting there is easy, from Luxembourg you can now get direct flights to Toulouse or from Brussels Charleroi to Carcassonne. Most accommodations offer a transport from and to the airport for an extra fee or you can rent a car at the airport and are able to explore the beautiful region. Montsegur, Carcassonne, the Niaux caves are all within driving range and are clearly beautiful locations not to be missed.

Chalabre en Sérénade

Chalabre is a charming little town over 800 years old nestled at the feet of the Pyrenees. It has a rich history with Romanesque roots and was, in mediaeval times, one of the cradles of troubadour singing. Despite the growth of a local weaving industry at the beginning of the last century, with the passing of time Chalabre  found itself drifting sleepily towards obscurity.

 Chalabre was brought back to life with the inception of the music and art festival Chalabre en Sérénade created in 2017 by the well-known musician and artist Vinx De’Jon Parrette and his wife Jennifer as a summer festival and “startup” bootcamp for young music artists from all over the world. It soon became an annual highlight, reinvigorating a less favored municipality on the outskirts of modern life in big cities and the profitable tourist’s inrush of other regions. The festival has brought renewed energy and vitality to Chalabre, allowing a sleeping beauty to open her eyes once again. 

Under the art-conduct of Vinx, professionals meet young talents in masterclasses, develop their ideas and present them in front of the audience of Chalabre’s citizens and summer guests. Throughout the run of the festival, musicians perform their work on stages in the streets, in the main market-square, and in the small village theatre. The week is culminated by a promenade with singing from the juliet balconies of the town’s houses, marrying perfectly with Chalabre’s rich  troubadour history.

Experience the exciting atmosphere of this unique, outstanding cultural event and allow your senses to be inspired in the most manifold of ways, to boost your creativity during my Summer art class.

Salut et á bientôt á Chalabre,

Sonja x

“From inspirational spark to fearless mark” – mixed media workshop

In this explorative art class over 6 weeks the participants are introduced to creative play and discover methods to create freely in different art materials – I am guiding you through a mindful creation process, that is fun and relaxing at the same time and provides you with surprising outcomes.

You will learn how attitudes and believes influence our creations and that self limiting and blocking ideas can be overcome with creative play and fun mindful creation processes that will let you be surprised by the outcome every time.  

We will be working with crayons, ink and acrylics on paper and examine the expressive power of line, tone, texture, touch, movement and space, black and white paint and any other mixed media materials you might like to introduce. 

In each session we will explore a different kind of stimulus and spark with these materials, bringing alive the visual, the sensual, the imagined and felt. Searching for a free artistic expression of the experienced.

The explorative way in which we will use the materials is great for beginners and experienced artists a like, as a new use of the materials can unblock those who have been stuck in rut for a while. The participants will be encouraged to trust themselves and their painting process and will learn to creatively react to challenges that might appear on their paths.

The art classes take place at my atelier in Belair on Monday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00 and will start on the 24th/25th February. The participants number is limited to 8 students per class, so please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

The course fee for the set of 6 classes is 360€ and includes all materials. In order to book the classes or in case you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share the information with your friends. 

I am looking forward to an exciting new workshop!
Kind regards, 
Sonja

“From creation to presentation”

In this class over six weeks we will create individual creative works & paintings and learn how to present and share your creations in an exhibition. 

We will very practically discuss, plan & execute all steps for the setup of a show at the Maison de la culture in Diekirch in April. The workshop ends with the Vernissage of the exhibition at 7pm on Thursday evening 2nd April. So please note the date already and share with your friends & family! 😉

By the end of the course you will have

  • the understanding and confidence to present your art, 
  • exercised all steps to develop an idea into an action plan,
  • learned how to market and document your exhibition, as writing & preparing invitations and press releases,
  • practically framed, presented, handled and installed your works and
  • finally experienced the exciting experience and atmosphere of your own first vernissage.

The art classes will take place at my atelier in Belair on Wednesday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Thursday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00 and will start on the 26th/27th February.  The participants number is limited to 8 students per class, so please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

The course fee for the set of 6 classes is 360€, but please expect extra cost for the setup of the exhibition shared by all participants and framing costs. 

In order to book the classes or in case you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share the information with your friends. 

Collage & mixed media art class – January 2020

Do you like to have fun experimenting and combining various materials for original collage & mixed media art projects? Discovering a wide range of  styles and techniques, from fun and quirky looks to the more sophisticated one’s?

In this six weeks workshop, we will be drawing, collaging, painting to your hearts desire – everyone at their own specific level. This workshop is targeted at everybody from the interested beginner to the artistically advanced! And the class is structured in such a way that we will start at outset with an inspirational group exercise, but that you then will be able to develop your own personal projects to follow up on.

The workshops take place at my atelier in Belair on Wednesday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Thursday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00. The classes will start on the 8th/9th January and the dates go through to the 12th/13th February.

The course fee for the set of 6 classes is 360 € and includes all materials. To book the class or in case you do have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share with your friends.

Boost your creativity – Start into the new year with new creative projects & new found energy!

Do you want to bring more creative projects into your life, would you like to learn how to express your inner artist, having fun, enjoying the flow of the creation process and sharing the experience with like minded others?

I have developed a set of 6 classes with eye opening exercises that will allow you to connect to your inner artist and counter act any limiting self belives you might have. To playfully try out new materials, sharing inspiration with like-minded others, feeding your inner soul, opening your eyes and encouraging you to express yourself in new creative ways, more and more often! 

The program is targeted at everybody from the interested beginner to the artistically advanced – a stepping stone to take new perspectives! An invitation to bring more creativity to your life!

The workshops take place at my atelier in Belair on Monday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00. The classes will start on the 6th/7th January and the dates go through to the 10th/11th February.

The course fee for the set of 6 classes is 360€ and includes all materials. As the spaces are limited to ten participants, please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

To book the workshop or in case you do have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share with your friends.

Looking forward to the start of an exciting new season,

Sonja x

The elements of art & composition – An explorative painting workshop starting in October

This fun and expressive painting workshop over seven classes is structured around the exploration of the different elements of art and composition. It is a class in which we will creatively discover painting possibilities of abstract & concrete elements, the impact of colour and the use of different materials, in order to identify individual preferences that will put the participants on a path to develop their own personal style.

The explorative way in which we will use the materials is great for beginners and experienced artists a like, as a new use of colours and materials can unblock those who have been stuck in rut for a while. The participants will be encouraged to trust themselves and their painting process and will learn to creatively react to challenges that might appear on their paths.

The workshops take place at my atelier in Belair on Wednesday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Thursday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00. The classes will start on the 23rd/24th October, then there is a break of a week during the autumn holidays and the dates go through to the 10th/11th December. As the participants number is limited to ten students per class, please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

The course fee for the set of 7 classes is 350€ and includes all materials. In order to book the classes or in case you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share the information with your friends. I am looking forward to meeting you!
Kind regards,
Sonja

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