A New Journey Begins

Open sign in front of a small fairy village made from scrap wood.

Thanks for joining me! This space will be a creative journey celebrating art breaks. What are art breaks, you ask? Well art breaks are anytime one takes a moment in time to create something, anything. Art breaks could be a brief moment or a scheduled creative session of any duration. They could be enjoyed by anyone of any age or circumstance. One does not need to be an artist to enjoy an art break. Anyone can participate at any artistic level or ability. All you have to do is pause for however long you wish and with intention create something…anything! Sounds fun right?

I am a huge fan of art breaks. I love to create whenever I can, and I love to work with others to develop their own creative practice. Through my brick and mortar art studio, The Basement Community Art Studio  I have worked with many different types of creative individuals. I have enjoyed the creative play of infants and toddlers. I have helped to guide school aged children through creative discovery. I have watched as teens began to develop their own unique artistic style. I have witnessed families creating together. I have helped adults who did not believe that they “had a creative bone in their bodies,” to discover a way to honor their own inner artist. I have ventured out into the community to witness and take part in the larger “Maker Movement.”

In my business Creating Mindfulness, my business partner Dorothy Verbick and I lead monthly women’s circles and retreats that encourage women to embrace their creativity and channel it into a practice in mindfulness. We use art and creative breaks as a way to channel ones creative energies and enhance self expression.

Currently in my full time position as the Make Space Coordinator with the MUSE Knoxville, I am lucky enough to facilitate a beautiful Maker Space that encourages children to explore their own creativity. I am surrounded daily by creative kiddos who will grow up to be tomorrow’s innovators and creators. It is very exciting to see those young minds at work.

This little space, my tiny corner of the web, will serve as my journal, my documentation, and my observations. I will be sharing my observations as I move through my personal creative journey and as I facilitate creative sparks and Art_Breaks for others. I would love it if you would follow along. Please feel free to offer tips of feedback along the way. I absolutely love to collaborate with other creative minds. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

Playing with alcohol inks is a favorite art break of mine!

This space is for me to document my work, to reference what I have seen and done in this creative community. This space is also for you to follow along on my creative adventure. I hope that it will inspire you to take your own Art Breaks and to encourage those in your life to take their own Art Breaks too.

In this blog you will find:

  • Creative inspirations for working with children.
  • Creative inspirations for adults looking to take their own Art Breaks.
  • Resources that I have found helpful on my creative journey.
  • My own personal portfolios for my various creative adventures and Art Breaks.

Please feel free to leave a comment with any questions that you may have or share any of your own insights to your creative journey. I look forward to hearing from you!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” — Picasso

These girls are having fun playing with some watercolor techniques using liquid watercolors and alcohol.
These preschoolers are experimenting with splatter-paint by painting rubber-bands and then flicking the bands to see what happens to the paint.

Published by Art-Breaks presented by J. MacIsaac Studios

Art Breaks are for everyone! They are moments of creativity big or small for infants, kids, and adults. They offer a connection to mindfulness that can enrich your life. A practice in creative mindfulness is perfect for anyone looking to establish a richer connection to themselves. You do not even need to be an artist to explore creative mindfulness practices. We are all born to create.

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