1. Stuck in a rut, stumped by a problem, or just drawing a blank? Do you find yourself doing what you’ve done before (even if it no longer works) or doing nothing at all? In this workshop you will formulate a personal “burning question” and apply ten proven techniques guaranteed to generate new perspectives and fresh ideas. Learn to think creatively and have fun doing it! No previous experience or skills required. You will move beyond unproductive assumptions and come away with loads of potential solutions to your burning question.

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  2. Become a successful artist entrepreneur after obtaining the important knowledge and essential skills taught in this nationally acclaimed program for visual artists. Artist Trust developed the curriculum and trained the instructors to give you 50 intensive hours in goal setting, business planning, portfolio development, marketing, funding, grant writing, and exhibiting. Program includes presentations, panel discussions, assignments, and peer to peer support and exchange with your cohorts. Program begins on a Friday evening and runs six Saturdays, followed by another Friday evening presentation and graduation ceremony. Offered Winter Quarter only.

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  3. In this interactive course, participants discover depth and meaning in life stories through exploration of major life themes. Participants write a story on the weekly theme and share two pages in class within a supportive small group. By writing and sharing stories, individuals give their memories context and meaning, gain insight to reevaluate their past and influence their future, and connect with others to form a community of creativity and personal expression. No writing experience is necessary.

    Joanne Horn, an experienced human relations consultant, has a background of mental health research and program development. From 1987 to 2007, she owned Conflict Resolution Service, Inc.—offering mediation, facilitation, conflict management and training services for families and organizations throughout Washington State. As a dynamic, engaging adult educator, Joanne has trained diverse populations and specialized in developing interactive curricula. She served as adjunct faculty for Antioch University and has taught at the University of Washington Medical School as well as Seattle University and University of Washington law schools. Actively engaged in the field of aging, as director of Second Half Connections, Joanne provides workshops to promote creativity and offer opportunities for renewed meaning and direction in the second half of life. She has earned a certificate of instructor training from the Birren Autobiographical Studies as well as certificates of Geriatric Mental Health and Memoir Writing from the University of Washington.

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  4. Emphasis on FUN! Free your creative spirit with this fast paced, upbeat 'you-don't-need-to-know-a-thing' introduction to collage. Come prepared to learn the basics of collage, materials, and techniques in a supportive environment and go home with the confidence to create masterpieces of your own!

    Believing that creativity is our birthright, but realizing that fear can paralyze the creative soul, Wendy Lee Lynds seeks to bring the joy of creating into everything she does. For as long as she can remember, Wendy wanted to be a visual artist but let fear and choosing a more traditional life-path, keep her away from her heart's desire. For a million reasons, and one motorcycle man from Utah, she radically changed her life, and has been living her dream on beautiful Whidbey Island since 2005, creating multi-layered, textural works in collage, mixed media and monotypes. She loves sharing her joy of art-making!

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  5. Learn how to break through the emotional and physical boundaries of “fear” and embrace enthusiasm and possibility again. Particpants will learn 14 different "fear buster" interventions that will leave them with a new sense of positiveness and ready to make the impossible, possible. Identify how “fear” and “stress” can create emotional and physical roadblocks that prevent stories of possibility. At the end of the course participants will be able to list and regularly implement 14 different “fear buster” interventions to help maintain positive energy and enthusiasm on a regular basis, and author their own story of success. Participants will be able to discuss how managing fear, stress, and other negative roadblocks in positive ways helps to increase overall satisfaction and happiness, laying a stronger foundation for possibility.

    anea Miller is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington State. Lanea graduated with B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University. She has provided thousands of hours of individual, couple, family, and group therapy throughout a variety of different community settings for the past 10 years. In addition to her private practice, Coloring Possibilities, Lanea is currently working at two different community clinics as a Behavioral Health Specialist with low income families. She has facilitated many different trainings and groups on narrative therapy, increasing positive self-esteem, and motivation. Lanea has also co-hosted the radio program “Talk Therapy” on 1180AM KLAY. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

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