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A 12-step program for creativity

De Wardt teaching workshop based on 'The Artist's Way'

Allison Plean

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.

— Susan de Wardt says she stopped drawing for 20 years after a college art instructor said she was wasting her parent’s money by attending his class.

“It wasn’t because I couldn’t draw,” she said. “It was because he wasn’t an effective teacher.”

De Wardt is now teaching a 12-week program based on Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way,” at the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym.

“People don’t have to be an artist to be in this class,” she said. “It’s really about recovering a confident authentic self.”

The classes are based on a 12-step program where the weekly sessions act as a support group. The class is designed for anyone, but can be especially helpful to in restoring the confidence of those whose work has been rejected in the past.

“Somewhere along the line you got a bomb dropped in your lap that you’re not good enough,” she said. “This whole 12 weeks we will look at all those voices from the past and will turn them way down or off completely.”

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Participants should be aware that there is homework involved in the program.

“One fun thing you must do is have an artist date once a week,” de Wardt said. “That may mean taking yourself out and buying some cool art supplies or going to a gallery to enjoy great art, or even going to your room to listen to classical music. Anything you can do to replenish your artistic side.”

De Wardt said the primary goal is to restore confidence and enjoy art again.

“You don’t have to be Michelangelo,” she said, “but you can still put paint on paper and please yourself.”

– To reach Allison Plean, call 871-4204

or e-mail aplean@steamboatpilot.com

If you go

What: Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” 12-week workshop

When: First class 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym, 1280 13th St.

Cost: $150 for program, $40 for required text

Call: Registration is required by calling 870-0384 at least 48 hours before the program begins.

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