“Therapeutic Doodling” presented at WWAG

“Therapeutic Doodling” presented at WWAG

Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan wowed the Western Wayne Art Group on March 19 as the group’s guest lecturer.

Shakespeare-Brogan teaches painting from her own studio, Hope In Art Studio, in Canal Works, Fairport. She stated “I opened the Studio three years ago wanting to immerse myself in the Arts, as well as teaching and sharing my inspiration. And, I am becoming more involved in the Healing Arts.” Shakespeare-Brogan graduated from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Recreational Therapy, and also studied stress management at MCC.

Shakespeare-Brogan brought some of her stunning artwork with her to enthrall the group. One piece of note was her colored pencil illustration that portrayed chick-a-dees and sunflowers.

Shakespeare-Brogan then began a hands-on demonstration and workshop of Zentangle art. The definition of Zentangle in the dictionary is: An easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns . Shakespeare-Brogan likes the therapeutic and relaxation qualities that this type of doodling produces.

Each attendee at the meeting received a small square of thick smooth paper. Next, they were given a micron pen (Shakespeare-Brogan prefers micron pens because they are resistant to watercolor). Shakespeare-Brogan then gave instructions on how to create elaborate doodles. Once the group had filled their squares, she encouraged them to use the colored pencils that she brought to decorate their images. The workshop attendees were highly entertained as the sound of the sharpening of colored pencils filled the air.

WWAG typically meets from 7 to 9 pm on the third Tuesday of each month at the Walworth Town Hall (off Route 441) in Walworth. Members and guests are welcome. The April 16 meeting will be a “sharing” night. Members and guests are invited to bring one or two pieces of their original art and describe the innermost thoughts, feelings and motivations that inspired them to create the piece.

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