Making It Personal

Making It Personal

You may complete The Principles of Process Arts and The Art of Facilitating entirely online, without any group interaction. If your desire is to deepen your experience of process painting, the following practices will bring a personal element into your course experience through conversation and community. If you wish to develop your proficiency as a facilitator, these practices will be essential to broaden your understanding of how others meet the challenges of process painting and what it means to be an effective guide.

   Process Circles

A Process Circle is a small group that explores the content of each module with the support of Painting Experience facilitators. You’ll make personal connections with other course members as you investigate the course material in light of your own experience as a facilitator or painter. While deepening your understanding of process art, your Circle will also help you to complete the course you’re working on. Each Process Circle meets online weekly for 8 weeks and addresses the course material as its presented. The facilitator will record each session so you can review it—or in case you must miss a session and want to catch up. As a course member, you can join a new Process Circle as soon as the next one is scheduled.

The Principles of Process Arts: Process Circle

Prerequisite: Participation in The Principles of Process Arts

October 5 - November 23, 2022

Wednesdays: 4:00 - 5:00 PM PST

Fee: $250


The Art of Facilitating: Process Circle

Prerequisite: Participation in The Art of Facilitating

2022 To Be Announced

Fee: $325


    Online Painting

As a course member, you’re encouraged to participate in facilitated sessions in our Online Painting Program. Online painting is a valuable addition to your online course experience as it gives you the opportunity to be facilitated by Stewart or another Painting Experience facilitator as well as witness the process of facilitation in the community of other process painters. At the end of each online painting session we invite all course members to participate in a facilitation discussion to explore topics that arise during that session.

When you register for The Principles of Process Arts, your tuition includes one package of three online painting sessions. Additional packages of six sessions cost $330. Some scholarships are available.

      One-to-One Mentoring

In One-to-One Mentoring, you’ll receive personal supervision and constructive feedback from Stewart or a senior facilitator. During a mentoring session you'll be exploring personal questions related to your training, as well as viewing and discussing your own or your student’s paintings. Your facilitator records your mentoring sessions and emails them to you after each meeting. 

When you register for either course (The Principles of Process Arts and again for The Art of Facilitating), your tuition includes a one-half hour mentoring session with Stewart or a senior facilitator. After that, the cost for One-to-One Mentoring is $210 and includes 3 hours of personalized supervision (a 50% discount).

      Onsite Facilitator Training: The Hero's Journey

Onsite facilitator trainings will be will be postponed until it's once again safe to travel and participate in group events.

The Painting Experience hosts onsite facilitator trainings at least once each year. These trainings provide an in-person opportunity for course members to build community and explore aspects of the painting process in a rich format of educational exercises, faculty presentations and supervised facilitation practice. 

Past participants have found these onsite gatherings to be both personally inspiring and professionally motivating. You’ll share and hear stories of the myriad situations that arise on the path of learning to facilitate process painting, and you’ll feel emboldened to take risks in new areas of your life.