Synesthesia: Mindfulness Through Our Senses With Watercolours - A Workshop With Coco Bee Art

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Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019 [10:00 am - 1:00 pm]

In this three hour workshop, we will explore ideas of mindfulness through sensory translation exercises. We will use watercolours to help us express what we experience through our sense of taste, touch, and music. Each exercise begins with an art demo, improvisational watercolour play, followed by self-reflection and optional group sharing to help us turn inwards and connect with others. This workshop encourages play, spontaneous art making, and a focus on the process rather than result. In this stress free setting, you are encouraged to discover a new  approach to watercolours as well as a deeper understanding of mindfulness practice.
This is a beginners friendly workshop, no experience is necessary. Only a willingness to try and open mind is required. Workshop is limited to 8-10 participantsPainting supplies are provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies if they have any that they want to experiment with. Please provide us with any dietary restrictions as this experience will require a few food items for tasting. 



I am fascinated with understanding the therapeutic relationship between art creation and the mind. After attaining my B.Sc. in Neuroscience and Psychology from McMaster University, I continued forward to my Masters under the Department of Medicine in Psychiatry. Here I was hit with a wave of challenges that left me in much pain. Serendipitously I turned to the watercolor palette on my desk with the intention to alleviate some of that pain. Little did I know this would be the marriage of psychology and art in my life. Stemming from philosophies of mindfulness and art therapy, my watercolor painting and videography practice became a powerful yet un-invasive modality for healing. My own experiences with this have led me to a reinvigoration of art and purpose in my life. It is my greatest hope that my art practice can lead to the inspiration, transformation, and healing of others.

My philosophy for painting is process focused rather than the results. I see the paint brush as a tool for self expression and the paints as living breathing entities that give the process of art creation life. I think of form, colours, and gestures, as a pathway to communicate from our subconscious what can not be expressed through words. It is in this space that I believe we can begin important, often hard, dialogues with ourselves and others. It is through this space that I believe we can bring about healing.

You can find more about Coco Bee at or IG/FB/Youtube @cocobeeart

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