Creative Future and Recovery College

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Art-Workshops for Creative Future / Recovery College

Nickova Behling is contracted by Creative Future to provide art workshops for their clients and partnership organisations.

Creative Future partnership organisations include Brigthon & Hove Recovery College and the Sussex Recovery College, Nickova facilitates workshops for both colleges.

Nickova has also facilitated in 2016, the free art workshops as part of the Tight Modern, a miniature replica of the ‘Tate Modern’, which is showcasing the best of the UK’s marginalised artists.

Recovery College Art Courses

Engaging in creative activity can lighten your mood, help express blocked feelings, and enable you to access a state of ‘creative flow’ which calms the mind and gives you time out from difficult thoughts and feelings. These courses include a series of fun exercises, experimenting with different art techniques (drawing, collage, painting, etc.). Learn to look at things in a creative way and practise different methods for expressing oneself.

The workshops are designed in typical Nickova Behling method, focusing on the process and creative exploration, making it a pleasurable individual experience within a friendly and safe group environment.

Brighton-Hove Workshop

(Nov – Dec 2016)

A 6 weekly session course, running at the BMECP centre in Brighton using a similar approach as the Lewes Workshop held in early summer. This time I worked with peer trainer Rose Pring. Since we used the large rose room at the centre we could again work on large formats and be generally more expressive.

Lewes -Workshop

(June – July 2016)

see also on Creative Future website

The course ran over six weekly sessions in Lewes at the venue ‘The Lounge – Lewes Your Way’. It was a friendly, large and light room which encouraged working on large formats. Nickova Behling was working in collaboration with the peer trainer, artist Maria Kuipers. Both artists had a similar approach of how to facilitate creative workshops and a fruitful and engaging partnership emerged during the sessions.

The sessions were well attended, forming a key group of about six participants who enjoyed all six sessions.

Below are images of the course activities

Doodle drawings on large and small paper

Expressive paintings on A1 size paper

Cutting shapes and preparing for collage work

Working with ‘paint-resistant’ techniques

Making  art-frottages using a soft pencil or charcoal to take a texture from an object by rubbing it off onto paper

Creating a collage using cut-out shapes and frottage drawings

Using the variety of techniques explored during the course to create a painting