Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Taking Care: Where Art Meets Wellness
Date: September 27. 2023
AWE presents ZOOM art workshops to participants in support of their mental health and overall wellbeing. Led by Ainslee Winter, professional art therapist and artist, AWE hosts a safe creative space that brightens up the weekends of countless people in our community in a time where we need connection most of all. Each workshop begins with a well-being check-in, followed by a meditation, a slow-looking art exercise, and an art-making activity.
My Regulated Landscape
|Tune into the rhythm of each state of our nervous system (ventral vagal, dorsal vagal, and sympathetic) and how they play a vital role in our wellbeing and everyday health. Imagine the features of what each landscape would look like! Create landmarks using colour, shapes, objects, and sound, and settle into what each state feels like to inhabit. When creating our regulated landscape, there is an understanding that there is always a mix of ventral, sympathetic, and dorsal energies present in our system. Use this as inspiration for incorporating a foreground, middleground, and background!|
- Paper (4)
- Writing/Drawing Utensils (pencils, markers, pastels, etc.)
- Optional: Paint/Ink/Watercolour/Collage/Natural Objects,etc.
*If you do not have these items, no need to worry! We can work with whatever materials you have at home or are inclined to use!
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About the Facilitator: Ainslee Winter
Ainslee draws on 5 years of experience as an art therapist, community wellness program provider, and spiritual healer/teacher. Her ability to connect with her diverse clients helps support her holistic approach to wellness. Through her practice, Ainslee provides compassionate care to individuals and communities through creative expression. Ainslee hopes to continue to support self-discovery, connection, transformation, and inspiration with the continued efforts as she grows professionally. She believes it is through our self-growth process and commitment to healing, that we will begin to see ripples of growth throughout our community.