Monday, September 23, 2013

The Artist's Way

Have you heard of the book, "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron?  It is a 12-week program for people wanting to discover and heal their inner artist. She has all kinds of useful information in the chapters, and then ends each chapter with tasks to do over the course of the week.  Over the years, I have read this book more times than I can remember.  The last time I went through it, I gathered a couple of my friends to join me.  It was a great experience to work together with others on this journey.  Having others there held me accountable to carry through on the tasks, provided more insights and perspectives, and a built-in support network.

With my background in psychology, years of teaching music, working through this system on my own, and currently taking Julia's ideas in my own direction through writing a journal on becoming more positive, I am offering to be a guide as others work their way through "The Artist's Way."  Together we will examine your beliefs on being an artist, and help to get you to a place where you can embrace your creative self.  We will use the book as a launching pad to get in touch with your inner artist, and living a more creative life.
                              -Joy Ciaffoni, co-founder of Primo Art Spa

This class will be offered on Thursdays from 11-12:30 (first meeting 10/17) Feel free to bring a sack lunch.
Cost for this 12-session class is $120 (book not included)
This class is offered through the Primo Art Spa in Brainerd, Mn.
Please e-mail Joy at: to sign-up.

Monday, September 9, 2013

First Art Saturday, Puppets, Pottery and Pastries

Saturday, September 7, 2013, The Primo Art Spa had our first Art Saturday. It was a PPP Day. Puppets, Pottery, Pastries (muffins). Millie and Willie were so excited! So, were we. Here are a few favorite photos of the fabulous event!

Puppet ideas were flowing; characters were emerging!

Hand building, animals, hearts and houses.

Careful attention to detail

Mary made these twin girls, and our guest helped model them.
They are Millie and Willie Cottonpoly's neighbors.
Twin girls, Lillie and Billie, with very different interests.

Concentration and imagination

The hand building is complete. Now, to wait for the firing and glazing.
Can't wait to see how they turn out!

Hearts and houses.

Millie and Willie designed some new costumes during the party.
I think they're gearing up for a Halloween Party.

What can we make out of this fabulous fabric?

Plans and designs

Pastries (muffins) mm, mm, mm.

Beach party, here we come!

Thanks, everyone, for coming to our First Art Saturday. We'll be seeing you again soon to glaze, create, and connect.

Mark your calendars for our Open House and classes on October 12, 2013, noon - 6:00. We'll have music and skits to kick off each class. ($20 per class. Come for one, or stay for all three.)
Noon Puppets
2:00 Pottery
4:00 Journal making and writing

And, of course, pastries and refreshments. 

Also, Joy is accepting new voice and piano students now. We are both open to art classes for small groups or individuals, and Mary is teaching blogging and writing. Contact us via our facebook page, email, or phone.

In a world of creative constipation, we're here to get things moving!

Have a creative day!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Puppets, Pottery and Pastries at Primo Art Spa

Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 10:00 am to 12 noon, we invite you to make and play with puppets or pottery and enjoy some pastries (probably muffins) at the Primo Art Spa. Joy and Mary are cooking up some fun for kids and adults of any age. It might be an opportunity to bring your kids for puppets and play with clay, or vice versa. This is our first Art Saturday, so we're keeping it open to any age. As our numbers increase, we might divide into age groups, or not. Sometimes, it's fun to mix and mingle.

Millie and Willie "share" a muffin.

Millie:  Willie, I see that there is a bite or two missing from this muffin.

Willie:  Yes, Millie. I couldn't resist. It's one of Joy's specialties, with chocolate, a hint of coffee flavor, and that crumble top.

Millie:  I thought we were going to share it.

Willie:  I saved you a bite.

Millie:  (breaks off a small crumble and Willie devours the rest) Willie!

Willie:  Saturday, come over to the Art Spa on Saturday. She'll have a whole batch of muffins.

Millie:  What else is happening at the Art Spa on Saturday?

Willie:  Mary is going to help kids and grown-ups make more sock puppets so we can put on a play.

Millie: Oh, I'm so excited!

Willie:  Me, too. Plus, Joy will help people make fairy houses or other awesome stuff out of clay.

Millie:  Oh, that's wonderful.

Willie:  Yes, I know. And, they'll have fresh muffins.

Millie:  I'll be hiding mine.

Email us to let us know you're coming! Bring friends, make friends, and have a creative morning!

Any fairy would be happy to live here.

Our Open House is Saturday, October 12, 2013, Noon to 6:00 pm. We'll have fun with puppets, pottery, journals and music.

Keep checking here or like us on facebook to learn about more art and music events at Primo Art Spa!

Our two hours classes are $20 each.