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The Principles of Process Arts

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Learn to put the experience of process arts into practice

~ Would like to deepen your experience of process painting?

~ Are you a professional working in any type of process-oriented learning environment?

~ Are you a group leader, therapist or teacher?

~ Are you interested in teaching process painting?

The Principles of Process Arts can help you along your path. This course teaches the philosophy and methods of process-oriented education developed by The Painting Experience over the last 40 years. Presented by founder Stewart Cubley and his staff, the course contains three modules and several supplemental programs to give you the materials, tools and community to incorporate process arts into your life and your work. After completing the course, you may apply to The Art of Facilitating.

This course brings process painting into a whole new dimension. It’s exciting, demanding -- and also humbling.

If you try to rely on concepts or techniques that have worked for you before, it’s going to fall flat --

because this is not a subject to be learned; it’s a way of being.

~ Stewart Cubley

  1. Process Circles..........3. One-to-One Mentoring

  2. Online Painting.........4. Onsite Facilitator Training

The Principles of Process Arts explores the essential elements of the creative painting process. This module supports your personal growth as a painter, and teaches the philosophy and methods of process-oriented education developed by The Painting Experience over the last 40 years. 

In Module One, you’ll learn by:

  • Watching videos and listening to podcasts created by Stewart as he describes the seven principles of process painting and how they can become touchstones for a lifelong journey of creative discovery
  • Reading previously unpublished articles by Stewart written over decades of discovering significant insights revealed through process painting
  • Enjoying the rich comments of other course participants as they bring their course revelations into their own lives
  • Accessing recorded webinars hosted by Stewart in conversation with course members on a wide range of topics relevant to exploring process arts

You can complete the course on your own schedule and review the course material at any time.

The cost of The Principles of Process Arts is $649. In addition to the offerings described above, your tuition includes three online painting sessions plus a one-half hour mentoring session with Stewart or a senior facilitator. You may also wish to add one of the personal practices described in Making It Personal, below.

26 Continuing Education Credits are available for MFT/LCSW/LPCC/LEP & RN. There is a certificate fee of $25.

After completing The Principles of Process Arts, you’ll receive a certificate of course participation and you are eligible to register for The Art of Facilitating.

The Art of Facilitating brings the principles of process painting into practice. For those choosing to facilitate process painting, this module will provide an experiential understanding of each principle by illustrating how they weave together in the interplay of painting and facilitating. The Art of Facilitating is also relevant if you're not planning on guiding others in this practice–it's an exploration of the deepest streams of the creative process revealed through the unique experience of painting for process. 

In Module Two, you’ll learn by:

  • Viewing video excerpts of actual facilitation sessions where painters encounter a wide range of challenges and breakthroughs under Stewart’s guidance.
  • Completing written exercises about what you perceive after viewing the facilitation excerpts.
  • Listening to Stewart’s comments on why he takes certain actions and his perceptions behind them.
  • Participating in Stewart’s live webinar series, “Exploring the Boundaries” in which he presents ongoing examples of the deeper implications of process painting.
  • Hearing relevant conversations between Stewart and other course members, as well as online mentoring sessions during the training of his co-facilitators.
  • Interacting with other course participants and The Painting Experience staff through membership in a community building space on Slack.com. 

You can complete the course on your own schedule and review the course material at any time.

The cost of Facilitating Process Arts is $649. In addition to the offerings described above, your tuition includes a one-half hour mentoring session with Stewart or a senior facilitator. You may also wish to add one of the personal practices described in Making It Personal, below.

26 Continuing Education Credits are available for MFT/LCSW/LPCC/LEP & RN. There is a certificate fee of $25.

After completing The Art of Facilitating, you will receive a certificate of course participation.

Process Arts Practicum builds your skills and develops your confidence as a facilitator of process painting. The practicum includes a variety of opportunities to practice under the guidance of an experienced facilitator. Process Arts Practicum may be taken concurrently with The Art of Facilitation, or anytime after.

In Module Three, you’ll:

  • Receive 8 hours of personal supervision with Stewart or a senior facilitator
  • Participate in supervised facilitation practice during onsite trainings
  • Lead online painting sessions within a closed group of other course members
  • Assist the staff in Painting Experience workshops and retreats for the public
  • Have support for setting up, marketing and running a process painting business

The cost of the Process Arts Practicum is $649*.  In addition to the course fee, you are required to register for and attend: 

     *These additional requirements are not included in the course fee.

     ** Other arrangements may be made for international participants who are unable to attend onsite trainings.

26 Continuing Education Credits are available for MFT/LCSW/LPCC/LEP & RN. There is a certificate fee of $25.

After completing The Process Arts Practicum, you’ll receive a certificate of course participation and you are eligible to apply to The Painting Experience Affiliate Program.

Making It Personal

You may complete Modules One and Two 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 module you’re working on. Each Process Circle meets online weekly for 8 weeks and addresses the course material as it’s 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.

The cost for a Process Circle is $235. 

    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 Module One, 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 Module One or Module Two, 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

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. Our next onsite facilitator training, The Hero's Journey, will be held in September 22 - 27, 2020.