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A time for giving! – The Artbox

A weird and wearing year is about to come to an end. The coming holiday seasons will let us seek rest and recovery with our loved ones, our friends, and families! Even if this year it might be only with our nearest and dearest. We want to show our love and thankfulness and try to find the perfect gift, e.g. for a creative person in our life!

Whether they are a budding or accomplished artist, the gift of a private art class with me at the studio in Belair or online (on demand) will be for sure an inspiring gift under the tree or at any other special moment coming.

Creative experiences make wonderful gifts for friends and family members who crave inspiration no matter their experiences or backgrounds in art. Whether you want to make their artistic journey easier – or perhaps their practice simply more enjoyable – my beautiful art boxes could be the key to unlocking or even boosting their creativity. 

The content of the box, decorated with one of my original mono-prints, includes a high quality block of paper, a mechanical pen with three different coloured mines (soft pencil, red & white chalk) as well as a personalised card detailing an inspirational exercise to start off with some practical fun right away, even before coming to a 1:1 session at the studio. The box also contains the voucher for the private art session with me (1.5 h), that will be individually appointed and includes all required materials. 

2020 has made us all rethink what makes us happy so perhaps this gift will inspire your loved one to embark on an artistic journey he or she has been longing for, for years! Send a mail to sonja(at)sonjasoyer.com and acquire one of these beautiful boxes as long as they the last. The price is just 350€!

Warm regards,
Sonja x

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

Creative art classes for everyone – in Belair starting in September

Dear all,

With the set up of my new studio space in Belair I am able to offer a whole new range of art classes for children & adults. During the holiday summer months there are still a few places for Summer art classes for children and for adults I am offering Art in the Park workshops in which you can enjoy summer in all its glory and create and paint outside.

Following the rentrée I am offering Tuesday afternoon kids classes from 15.30 – 17.30, for the age group 7 – 12 years and Thursday afternoons kids classes for the age group 4 – 6 years. Classes will start on the 11th and 14th September and will go over a 12 week period for all details please follow this link.

From the 10th September onwards I am offering a new 6 weeks “Boost your creativity” workshop for adults on Monday nights or Tuesday mornings, which will be an ideal start to bring more creativity into your daily life. Eye opening exercises and practical tips and tricks will help you to take new perspectives and to creatively create more often.

From September 13th onwards I am offering a new mixed media “Black & White painting workshopLess is more or discovering your artistic freedom through the limitation of colours” in which we will explore the space between abstract and concrete, with all tones of black and white and focus on painting elements, lines and personal gesture, the use of composition, structure, space and form. It is a freeing workshop for everyone from beginner to experienced creator – anybody really that feels stuck in a rut and wants to take new perspectives. The class takes place on Thursday nights or Friday mornings.

On Friday afternoons I am particularly happy to be able to offer a 2h Open Atelier, for all those students that would like to continue working on their own personal projects in a supportive group environment.

And there is so much more in the planning, an open atelier weekend in autumn, parents & kids workshops at weekends, etc. In order to stay tuned please don’t hesitate to subscribe to my newsletter.
I look forward to lots of creative interaction in the brand new atelier space and wish you and your loved ones beautiful summer weeks!

Kind regards,
Sonja

New Year’s exhibition & Vernissage – Diekirch

Dear all,

From the 6th  – 28th January I am exhibiting together with Michèle Graedel at the Maison de la Culture in Diekirch/Luxembourg, the exhibition is open from 10.00 – 18.00 every day except on Mondays when the gallery is closed. We warmly invite you to our Vernissage on Friday 5th January at 18.30 where we look forward to still toast with you to the New Year end show you our latest paintings and small installations. The evening will be enhanced by the performance of jazz singer Edith van den Heuvel and we look forward to seeing you there.

Address: rue du Curé 13, Diekirch
As the gallery is situated within the city centre & pedestrian area of Diekirch, it’s easiest to find a parking on the circular road around the centre and walk the short distance.

Kind regards,

Sonja x

 

 

From “surface to substance” – a new art workshop for adults starting on the 11th January

In this art workshop over 5 weeks we will be exploring the possibilities of leaving the flat surface as an art medium and we will playfully discover how to express ourselves three dimensionally with materials as varied as paper, carton, clay, wire, plaster, recycling materials, etc. The workshops are planned as inspirational sessions to broaden our artistic perspectives and to experiment with sculptural processes.

It is a workshop that can work as an eye opener and inspiration for artists that feel stuck in their routine but it is equally great for beginners to connect to their inner artist and to experience how fun it can be to make and build things.
No advance knowledge or experience is required, just the openness to playfully create will be an advantage.

The workshops take place in Weimershof on Thursday evenings from 19.45 – 21.15 (on the following dates: 11.1/18.1/25.1/8.2/22.2) or on Friday mornings from 10.00 – 11.30 (on the following dates: 12.1/19.1/26.1/9.2/23.2).

The course fee for the set of 5 classes is 225€ 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.

OPEN Atelier & end of season party – 16th, 17th and 18th of June

At the weekend of the 16th, 17th and 18th of June I like to welcome you to my OPEN Atelier with a special end of season party for all students, former and new ones, friends and families on Saturday the 17th from 15.00 – 19.00h!

Together with Yolanda de Niet another artist & friend that lives in the same building, we are opening our ateliers for the whole weekend on Friday from 19.00 and Saturday & Sunday in the time from 15h – 19h. It will be a lovely occasion to catch up about art & creativity, meet with old friends and previous participants of classes again and to show my younger course participants the other work I do. In the past few years we have had lots of fun to recreate art works with the http://vangoyourself.com project, if you are up for it the camera is always ready.

For the occasion I am offering a 30% discount on selected art works on show and as usual there are also different payment plans available on demand.

In order to plan the drinks and snacks quantities can I kindly ask you to drop me a quick mail to let me know if and with how many people you are able to make it. I am really looking forward to seeing you and hope many of you can make it!

Best regards,
Sonja x

JOY & PEACE – Newsletter

All classes for this year have come to an end and I would like to take the opportunity to say a whole hearted “Thank you” for the trust you have put in me to guide you and/or your children in your/their creative development. It has been a joy to accompany and witness the growing, the developments, the sudden outburst of vital crazy creativity, the moments of mindful creation and the strength of the artistic expression that connects us all.

A big “Thank you” also to those of you who have purchased my art, it makes me happy when people connect to my work and as an independent I do a little happy dance by myself for every purchase 🙂
I wish you and your families a time filled with JOY & PEACE in the coming days and all the best for a very happy, healthy and creative new year, in which we hopefully will see each other soon!

Sonja x

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New drawing classes for adults – January
If you would like to bring more creativity into your life in the new year and would like to develop a regular drawing practice in order to improve your self-expression and train your eye and hand coordination, this class is for you.

 

(c) Sonja Soyer

(c) Sonja Soyer

 

Mixed media art class – March
The mixed media art class in autumn has been such a success, that I will continue with it early next year. It will be a small class for all levels, with individual tuition, that allows us to experiment with various materials and techniques.

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Creative art class for children – February
The new seasons kids class for children aged 7 to 12 years, starts on the 28th February and early bird prices are available until the 8th January. Please do book early in order to avoid disappointment.

Open Atelier

I like to Welcome you – to celebrate with me the first anniversary of my atelier!
The time passed by quickly, but I still feel happy and excited about this dedicated space for art and art creation in the house and I am looking forward to show the work that has been created in the passed year. On Friday the 29th April from 17.00 – 21.00, I like to invite you for a drink & snack straight after work. Or on Saturday the 30th April from 14.00 – 20.00, once the weekly shopping is done, to come over for a refreshment & snack before you head out for a BBQ or a party later on in the evening.

It will be a lovely occasion to catch up about art & creativity, meet with old friends and previous participants of classes again and to show my younger course participants the other work I do. And we also will be doing a fun project together! So please come and leave your mark!

For the occasion I am offering a 30% discount on selected art works on show and as usual there are also different payment plans available on demand.

In order to plan the drinks and snacks quantities can I kindly ask you to drop me a quick mail to let me know if and with how many people you are able to make it. I am really looking forward to seeing you and hope many of you can make it!

Best regards,
Sonja x

New November Dates – Playful discovery art classes for adults

Following on from the fun of the “Boost your creativity” adult classes I have set up another set of 6 evening classes on a Thursday night from 19.45  – 21.15 and 6 morning classes on a Friday morning form 10.00 – 11.30 to provide participants with more creative activities and guidance on how to bring more fun through the creative process to their lives.

The previous participation in one of my classes is not mandatory, but experience has shown that it is slightly easier if you are familiar with its concepts.  Never the less the classes are targeted at everybody from the interested beginner to the artistically advanced – another stepping stone to take new perspectives!

playfullThe classes are starting on the 12th November for the evening classes and on the 13th November for the morning classes. In the six sessions we will be covering a varied range of artistic activities, from drawing, to painting, to building, etc.. All materials are included in the price of 180 Euros and you are also welcome and bring your own projects to share within the group.

As the spaces are limited, please do book early in order to avoid disappointment! If you do have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and feel free to share this post with your friends!

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Sonja x

Vive la rentrée – Newsletter September – Returning to a new creative season at home

The nice thing about returning home from the holidays is that you can take a fresh start with new impressions from the outside – for example on the decoration at home, getting your wardrobes sorted, preparing the kids for the return of school and sometimes enjoying the blissful return to daily routine that the start of school provides. After a busy summer with the family, finding a spot of time dedicated to yourself!
I know – I will be dancing on Tuesday morning and happily escaping upstairs to my studio 🙂 to continue my works of the summer (see above). If you feel you need a bit of creative down time for yourself, I have two nice programmes on offer!

This seasons “Boost your creativity” classes are starting again next week and I still have a few spaces on Friday morning. Rather than being technical in nature, each class is designed to help you playfully create whilst “keeping your inner critic in gear” and to find new ways to bring art & creativity back into your everyday life.

The villageIf you would like to take some creative time out, spending a weekend creating and making your own art, concentrating on your own artistic projects and development in a beautiful environment not far from Luxembourg, than you should join us for the fantastic weekend retreat from the 20th – 22nd November. I can ensure you, it will bring the creative spark back into your life!

kids classes dAnd if you feel your children need another creative outlet apart from school where under professional guidance they can explore a wide variety of techniques and materials, you will be happy to hear that there are still spaces for all age groups in the creative kids art classes on Tuesday afternoons starting again the 22nd September.

The return to routine always needs a bit of time, and if you are looking for some inspirational fun on a weekend there is the BAFF Festival at Carré Rotondes on the 20th September where I am organising some fun & free creative workshops for all ages. Please check their FB site for all further details.

I am wishing you and your families a gentle & inspirational start into the new season! May we still have many sunny days to come and may we meet for one or the other occasion before the autumn fully starts,

Sonja x

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