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ART DISCOVERYTHERAPYHEALS

When we let art into our lives, we have an ally in our search for clarity, hope and joy.

The creative arts lift our spirits and restore our sense of self. In finding our personal stories and telling them though our art-making, we can understand ourselves better and connect more closely with others. This becomes a quest of discovery and joy.

ART DISCOVERYTHERAPYHEALS

When we let art into our lives, we have an ally in our search for clarity, hope and joy.

The creative arts lift our spirits and restore our sense of self. In finding our personal stories and telling them though our art-making, we can understand ourselves better and connect more closely with others. This becomes a quest of discovery and joy.

Art helps us in our search for meaning. Looking at other people’s art and making our own art can be acts of personal healing. Through our art activities, we can make political statements or share knowledge. But for most of us, we explore art for the joy and discovery of it.

Art brings grace into our lives.

I design and guide art-story workshops for individuals, groups and organisations in a range of settings – in private homes, local art galleries, and health & wellbeing retreat centres.

Art helps us in our search for meaning. Looking at other people’s art and making our own art can be acts of personal healing. Through our art activities, we can make political statements or share knowledge. But for most of us, we explore art for the joy and discovery of it.

Art brings grace into our lives.

I design and guide art-story workshops for individuals, groups and organisations in a range of settings – in private homes, local art galleries, and health & wellbeing retreat centres.

Art helps us in our search for meaning. Looking at other people’s art and making our own art can be acts of personal healing. Through our art activities, we can make political statements or share knowledge. But for most of us, we explore art for the joy and discovery of it.

Art brings grace into our lives.

I design and guide art-story workshops for individuals, groups and organisations in a range of settings – in private homes, local art galleries, and health & wellbeing retreat centres.

Art as Autobiography

In this workshop, you will express your stories in paint and words.

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Personal Geographies

This workshop looks at mapping our lives in collage and mixed media.

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Art as Discovery

Painting and drawing are acts of discovery: what do you want to explore?

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Art Selfies

Painting portraits can help us to know ourselves & our families.

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Consolations of Art

Looking at art & making art can help us in times of illness and sorrow.

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Joys of Art

Find your inner Matisse with short playful sessions of watercolour, finger-painting, and drawing.

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Art sessions with Donna McDonald are fun. You don’t have to be good at art, you just have to be willing to play. Donna makes it easy and you find you are enjoying yourself and that it’s easy to express yourself. Afterwards it feels as though something special has happened, you feel lighter, problems are less intractable. It all seems mysterious because you were just playing.

Sandra, Writing Consultant

I have loved attending Donna’s art workshops. They have awoken a creativity, lying dormant for years, whilst gently allowing a personal exploration of my feelings and thoughts. Through the use of decision making in creative expression, I have found a calmness, a joy and a sense of well-being. I wish to continue this voyage of discovery.  With wisdom and knowledge acquired through life experiences, reflection and academic research, Donna has been a wonderful mentor in assisting my access to a joy of living through art.

Rose, Primary School Teacher

My art session with Donna was a joyful and liberating experience. Her emphasis on process, on play, on feeling – rather than outcome – was very freeing for me. She creates a safe space to let go. Donna’s warmth and sensitivity together with her passion for and commitment to artful self-expression, enables her to facilitate this in others. I would highly recommend art experiences with Donna.

Jenny, Artist

Art sessions with Donna McDonald are fun. You don’t have to be good at art, you just have to be willing to play. Donna makes it easy and you find you are enjoying yourself and that it’s easy to express yourself. Afterwards it feels as though something special has happened, you feel lighter, problems are less intractable. It all seems mysterious because you were just playing.

Sandra, Writing Consultant

I have loved attending Donna’s art workshops. They have awoken a creativity, lying dormant for years, whilst gently allowing a personal exploration of my feelings and thoughts. Through the use of decision making in creative expression, I have found a calmness, a joy and a sense of well-being. I wish to continue this voyage of discovery.  With wisdom and knowledge acquired through life experiences, reflection and academic research, Donna has been a wonderful mentor in assisting my access to a joy of living through art.

Rose, Primary School Teacher

My art session with Donna was a joyful and liberating experience. Her emphasis on process, on play, on feeling – rather than outcome – was very freeing for me. She creates a safe space to let go. Donna’s warmth and sensitivity together with her passion for and commitment to artful self-expression, enables her to facilitate this in others. I would highly recommend art experiences with Donna.

Jenny, Artist

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Highlights of a Restlessly Creative Life

The defining characteristics of my professional life – forty years and rising – have been my restlessness and creative energies. Restless to put my opportunities, education and enthusiasm to good use. Restless to engage with the question of what it means to be alive and purposeful in this chaotic world of ours.

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