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The San Diego Expressive Arts Foundation Meetup is managed by the Alumni Association of the Expressive Arts Institute of San Diego. We are a community of individuals who have been formally educated in the use of the arts to nurture a vital life AND as a catalyst for change. Our meetups, created for the community at large, are facilitated by members of the Expressive Arts Alumni Association. A sample of our offerings include Open Studio, Deep Play workshops, Movie Night, Swift Gallery Openings, Art Happy Hours, community art-making events, and discussion panels.

Who should join: Personal change-seekers, wounded artists, cultural creatives, educators, visual artists, writers, poets, musicians, dancers, dramatists and filmmakers, activists. If you are interested in furthering your education in expressive arts therapy, email us at .

Upcoming events (4+)

Writing Your Way Home: An Online Group for Writers

Online event

Write your way Home is weekly online writers group for creating, support and inspiration.

We will work in brief exercises with the material of your life and share the results.

We will create space to hear segments of your ongoing writing process.

We will explore feedback and revision forms to help you bring your writing closer to home.

$15 per session.

The course accepts payments through Venmo and PayPal. (Note Writing Workshop in the memo);

Venmo: @Wes-Chester-1
PayPal: [masked]

The general public is welcome.

RSVP to [masked] for details.

Note: Participants must download the free Zoom Cloud Meetings App for your laptop, tablet or smartphone before class time. Headphones or ear buds recommended.

Women's Expression Session - ONLINE - Women coming together through art and life

Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn


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Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 12:15p.m., $25 • RSVP

The Women’s Morning Expression Session is a chance for an attitude adjustment, a mid-day art break from work, parenting, school or boredom. Go back to your day renewed. I will have materials and an art activity that we create from what participants need.

No previous art experience necessary.

All offerings are very easy and engaging so, no worries! The art offering for the day is dependent on what the participants need.

Learn more and pay via credit card at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-expression-session-women-meeting-through-art-tickets-100708131733

Illuminated Journal: writing and art

Online event


Write it out, change it. Let your life guide your writing practice: The times, work, love, the seasons, your body, and everything else. Both short and long forms. Add color, collage, and other images to bring light. Beginners welcome. $90 four consecutive; $25 drop-in.
Judith Greer Essex Ph.D., REAT, LMFT, ADTR - Venmo @Judith-Essex-1 (note: Illuminated Journal and date)

Participants in the Illuminated Journal will learn the practice of mixed media journaling (using writing and visual art) as:

*a tool for living more creatively and authentically.
*a way to engage with the images and metaphors that guide and inform
our lives.
*a daily practice of self expression.
*an ongoing method of coping with daily life challenges.

Bring your own journal, all other materials supplied, no experience necessary.

$25 per night, or four consecutive classes for $90 four consecutive.

Space is limited. Contact [masked] to RSVP.

The Illuminated Journal ongoing Wednesdays through May 2021.

Paint to Music - ONLINE - Every Wednesday 6:00 p.m.

Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn

UNTIL THE COVID-19 CONCERNS ARE OVER WE WILL BE MEETING ON-LINE. Go see our current schedule of on-line offerings: http://www.expressiveartssandiego.com/on-line-classes

We will be meeting as "Scribble to Music" for those who do not have paint at home. You ALL have paper and pen!!! Go to:

PAINT TO MUSIC/SCRIBBLE TO MUSIC ONLINE • Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., $20

Let the music move you to play with color and shape and get your creative juices moving! When you work fast there is less time for the critic to jump in! No experience needed, you set your own pace. You do not need to bring anything, all materials are provided. All you need to bring is your desire to play with paint!

It is all about the process, not the end product!

And, as a painter, I will pass along my knowledge to you in ways that will help you experiment and explore so you can learn to paint in an intuitive way, following what feels good so you find your own personal style.

This easy class will help you release stress from your day, get messy if you want, even throw paint while the music keeps your mind still and your creativity moving. The more you come the better you get at letting go and playing! Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. There are aprons and paint shirts available.

No previous art or painting experience necessary. You do not need to know what to paint. I will get you started!

Painting to Music, an on-going experiment with following the music and our pleasures to arrive somewhere that we never expected.


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Paint to Music - ONLINE - Every Wednesday 6:00 p.m.

Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn

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