Joining other artists with shared interests and concerns is often a constructive and supportive way to work. As part of the Healthy Artists program, Dr. Colvin’s workshops are specifically designed to support the well being of creative and performing artists, and are linked to the framework for integrating mind-body wellness and artistic practices.
Upcoming Healthy Artists Workshops
Since making art is a manifestation of the psyche, The Psychology of Creativity workshop explores how artists do their work to successfully access and nurture their personal creative process. As artistic expression is the central source of meaning making for artists, we consider the mysterious confluence and complexity of preparation, imagination, receptivity and innovation that enables the creative endeavor.
October 7, 2017 and February 3, 2018 – 2:00-5:00 PM
Research and clinical studies have affirmed that highly creative individuals experience mood disruptions more often than do others. Most artists will acknowledge a strong relationship between their fluctuating moods and creative productivity, and the necessity to modify the impact of moods during periods of creative work. For the Moods and the Creative Process workshop we will focus on these feelings and the sometimes fragile balance between living life and making art, and come to more fully understand what this means for the artist. Useful strategies that will help manage moods to enhance the creative process will be explored.
November 4, 2017 and March 3, 2018 – 2:00-5:00 PM
Since creativity is the source of meaning for artists, the Portrait of the Artist workshop will explore how creative work promotes wholeness by connecting inner ideas to manifest as outer objects of artistic expression. Opposite traits integrate with each other in the artistic personality – such as balancing imagination and reality, introversion and extroversion, playfulness and discipline. We will examine the essential qualities of the artist’s personality and how they influence creative productivity.
December 2, 2017 and April 7, 2018 – 2:00-5:00 PM
During this workshop the confluence of Eastern and Western philosophy, science, medicine and alternative healing strategies will be explored as they apply to developing a healthy lifestyle, integrating the mind, body and spirit of the artist. In the Transformative Effects of Wellness Therapies workshop we will evaluate such practices as nutrition, yoga, meditation, and expressive arts therapies among others, in our search for strategies that truly benefit and support artistic development.
January 6, 2018 and May 5, 2018 – 2:00-5:00 PM
We marvel at how extremely gifted people create art that touches our lives and bestows so much beauty on our world. Yet, we all can unravel these mysteries by tapping into our potential for art making, while using art itself as the “medicine” that heals. The Art Can heal Your Life workshop also explores creative wellness strategies that maintain the healthy artist, considering neuroplasticity and “rewiring the brain” with focused training to find long-standing changes; finding “flow states” to “live inside your art”; and Mindfulness practices as a scaffolding to support optimal creative expression. With art as a healing tool, we can find a balance for living a successful and artful life infused with beauty, contentment and happiness.
February 10, 2018 and June 2, 2018 – 2:00-5:00 PM
This workshop explores “creative wellness” practices since robust psychological tools help the artist cope with the many stressors of auditions and performances. The Calming Clinic workshop offers strategies for maintaining a healthy body, managing anxiety, understanding the neurobiology of the sensitive, artistic person, and using wellness practices to prepare for optimal creative expression.
Saturdays October 7 & December 2, 2017; February 3, April 7 and June 2, 2018 — All Workshops from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Healthy Artists Workshops meet at the offices of Pacifica Psychological Services in Newport Beach, CA, and Dr. Colvin will lead the groups. Space is limited to a small group of 10 for each workshop. Please call our offices for more information and to register for the workshops.
Recent Healthy Artists Workshops
Healthy Artists and Mood Disorders: Slaying the Dragons without Killing the Angels – “Art Can Heal Your Life”
Kathline Colvin, PhD with pianist Carol Rosenberger
August 1, 2017 Presentation
Morning Presentation: 10:45AM – 12:00PM
Creativity & Madness Conference – Santa Fe, NM, Convention Center
Artists describe a significant relationship between their moods and their creative process. For this Healthy Artists Presentation we will explore Neuroplasticity, Flow States, Sensory-Processing Sensitivity and Mindfulness Practices as they enhance art making. Pianist Carol Rosenberger will share excerpts from her upcoming book To Play Again: A Memoir of Musical Survival, along with musical examples from the piano, illustrating the theme of using art itself as the “medicine” that heals. Carol was stricken with paralytic polio at age 21 and after 15 years of intense retraining she was able to resume her career as a concert pianist. Hers is an example of intense dedication showing us how an artist can “live inside their art”, take daring chances while in a “flow state”, and endure the process of healing to realize an ultimate victory.
August 1, 2017 Workshop
Afternoon Workshop: 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Creativity & Madness Conference – Santa Fe, NM, Convention Center
We marvel at how extremely gifted people create art that touches our lives and bestows so much beauty on our world. Yet we can all unravel these mysteries by tapping into our potential to use art making as a healing tool to enrich our lives through “extraordinary ordinary creativity”.
Our Art Can Heal Your Life workshop will also explore creative wellness strategies to maintain a healthy body; manage anxiety and negative moods; understand the neurobiology of the highly sensitive person; embrace the concept of neuroplasticity which can “rewire the brain” and with specific training find long-lasting changes; and lastly reconsider Mindfulness practices as scaffolding to support optimal creative expression. Everyone will learn how to apply art making ideas to develop “extraordinary ordinary creativity” and find a useful balance for living an artful life infused with beauty, contentment and happiness. A workbook will be provided for everyone attending the afternoon workshop.
Enjoy a sample of Carol Rosenberger’s musical artistry with the final movement of Beethoven’s last masterpiece for the piano:
Dancers Health Day
Saturday November 5, 2016 – 9AM-4PM
Diavolo Dance Space, 612 Moulton Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Dancer’s Health Day includes individual preventative health screening assessments and workshops focusing on nutrition and healthy practices, designed specifically for professional dancers, offered by Dance Resource Center in partnership with Dance/USA’s Task Force on Dancer Health. This event is free and open to all dance professionals in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Mindfulness and Wellness Practices: Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists
The Electric Lodge in Venice, CA
Sponsored by Dance Resource Center in Los Angeles, CA
Mindfulness Practices: Healthy Approaches for treating Bipolar Disorder and Sensory-Processing Sensitivity in Performing Artists
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
Sponsored by the Performing Arts Medicine International Symposium
The task of making great art requires the integration and development of both the mind and the body working together, and it is through the assimilation of these two that artists can truly realize wellness and their potential as performers. Performing artists can significantly benefit from mindfulness and wellness-based practices to help train their minds, automate body movement, and deepen connections with their repertoire. Understanding the components of mindfulness and wellness practices and how they work together to alleviate stress, will allow performers to creatively adapt these strategies to meet their specific needs and promote peak performances.