6 Degrees of Creativity’s online workshop offerings unite concepts of social networking, connecting, collaboration, art making, and creativity into a community of artists exploring transformation and creative goodness. It is a self guided 6 month virtual experience running from July – December 2015 that includes a collection of inspiring offerings, designed by a group of instructors from the art therapy community.
The basic foundation of 6 Degrees of Creativity empowers the idea that we are all closely connected in some way and believe in the potential to make a difference through the power of art and creativity in our own lives, relationships, communities, and world. 6 Degrees of Creativity instructors, who are all active and engaged in their own art-making practice, will offer creative expression to explore and empower these themes.
Participants will be able to choose what offerings they will engage in from the content they receive and this year’s 6 Degrees of Creativity offering will include a private online Facebook community to share, discuss ideas, post workshop art, and deepen connection around workshop themes.
Get ready for a new wave of creative goodness!
Workshop offerings will be announced very soon, but until then get to know this year’s Instructors:
Sheila Lorenzo– Art therapist, artist, art educator, photographer and a lover of nature. Currently a doctoral candidate at FSU and employed full time working with clients who are chronically mentally ill in a forensic setting.
“I am a believer in dabbling in the visual arts and playing with the materials for self-expression and mindful contemplation. Coming from a traditional visual arts background I know just how intimidating the visual arts can be. I also know how important it is to cut-loose and get down to basics for the sake of self-nurturance and developing career resiliency. For personal exploration and nurturance, I turn to expression through mandalas. For a faster art “fix” I turn to mixed media in visual journaling and ATC cards; using whatever is near to make the expression concrete. My most recent creative endeavor is my commitment to daily creations for participation in #creativedeed365.”
Where to find Sheila’s art and creative work:
- Mandala Exchange- Collaborative blog amongst 3 mandala loving contributors.
- Symbolic Projections
Gretchen Miller is a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist who practices in Cleveland, Ohio specializing in youth, women, and families impacted by trauma, homelessness, domestic violence, and grief & loss. She is the Community Organizer for the Art Therapy Alliance, helping to promote art therapy, the work of art therapists, and build community through the use of social media. In 2011 she also created 6 Degrees of Creativity, uniting concepts of social networking, connection, and collaboration into an online community of artists exploring creative goodness. In her own creative practice Gretchen enjoys finding inspiration, creating positive energy, fostering self-care, and discovering transformation through working with mixed media, painting, collage, altered art, handmade books, and organizing art exchanges. Her blog Creativity in Motion frequently highlights her art, interests, and creative activity.
Rachel Mims is a mixed media artist and art therapist living in Waco, Texas. She has been making art all of her life, but her art took on new meaning while she was on active duty in the U.S. Army. In 2009, while stationed in Suwon, South Korea, Rachel had hip surgery. Her recovery did not go as planned and she used art to help her through this difficult time. This experienced led Rachel to have a desire to utilize art to help other military members and veterans. Rachel loves art journaling and creating and exchanging mail art. She is currently serving as the Veteran’s Counselor for Texas State Technical College and provides art therapy and mental health counseling services to student veterans and dependents.
- Rachel’s Blog
- You can also connect with Rachel as mimsrachel on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram
Heather Randazzo is a Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist, and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the Chicagoland area. She is a Mixed Media Artist, Art Therapist, Supervisor and Educator dedicated to having a positive impact on community. Heather serves on Executive Boards including the Illinois Art Therapy Association Board as Director and Treasurer. She enjoys providing a space to create through her studio classes and creative workshops at Suncrest Studios in Bolingbrook, Illinois and in collaboration with a variety of practitioners. As a general out-patient therapist for more than fifteen years, Heather enjoys helping adults, couples and families, children and teens.
Check out examples of Heather’s art and creative work at: