What we're about
"I can't believe it! I realise now what my painting is talking about, what it is all about. This workshop has surpassed my expectations!
[Later] I'm still impressed and keep looking at that painting, as it gave me a solution for something important."
- Irina Lomakova, PFYC participant
‘Painting from your Core’ is an approach to developing personal expression and imagination through the medium of paint. While being extremely therapeutic, it does not entail analysing the work of participants (and thus participants themselves), and may not therefore be considered to be Art Therapy, in the classical sense of that term. What it IS, is an exploration of a personal, expressive painting practice, as well as of the imaginative, authentic, primordial, emotional, creative and even playful self, all in a safe and encouraging environment. This approach is a deep and yet uncritical engagement with paint, the basic tenet of these Cork creative/expressive painting workshops.
‘Painting from your Core’ can have creative, emotional, relational and even physical benefits, while being a highly enjoyable and profound endeavor. The imagery that can result from this approach can be some of the most powerful imagery available in artistic practice, though you do not need to have prior experience with painting to participate. The imaginal material that emerges in the course of painting is arrived at not through the intention of the painter, but through an unfettered approach to personal expression. In fact, those with a lot of painting experience will often have to ‘un-learn’ their developed, sophisticated techniques in order to enjoy fully the benefits of personal expression for the sake of it, and to yield the ‘fully-blown’ power of the imagery that can result.