Sat, Sep 19 | Saranam Retreat Center

Zen and Art

Spend a day exploring the profound effect that Zen has had on the creative spirit in both ancient times and today.
Registration is Closed

Time & Location

Sep 19, 2020, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saranam Retreat Center, Montrose, WV 26283, USA

About The Event

First get inspired by examples 

The day will start with a discussion, illustrated with inspiring examples, of the influence of Zen on the art of China and Japan. We will also take an in-depth look at how Zen has invigorated the art of our time in the United States and the world with examples from modern and contemporary artists.

Then it’s your turn 

In the second half of the workshop, you will experience the spirit of Zen as part of the creative process. Starting with a brief meditation, we will employ easy artistic techniques to share artmaking together. No artistic experience is necessary, but an open mind is a must!

All materials will be provided. If you have your own watercolors or acrylic paints you are welcome to bring them (no oil paints please). Bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on.

*A NOTE about COVID: All due precautions will be taken to prevent infection:  All participants will be required to wear masks and maintain 6’ distance from other non-family participants. And if the infection rate warrants it, this event will be cancelled. If the event is cancelled, all registrants will receive notice a week before the event and all will receive a full refund.

About the leader: Claudia Giannini received her Master of Fine Arts degree from West Virginia University, with specialization in printmaking and photography. Her work combines photographic and printmaking techniques, along with other media, to explore our connection to the natural and spiritual worlds. She has exhibited her work widely in galleries and art centers in New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Florida, Michigan and throughout West Virginia.

She contributed 13 images to the book Field Notes from Grief, with text by

Judith Stitzel, published in 2012.

Cost:  $70  

Group size: A minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 10.

Food: Please bring your own water, lunch, and snacks.

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Montrose, WV 26283