Kara Elizabeth is a professional artist, educator and consultant. Inspired by a Holistic and Transformative approach to Art Education, she uses Creative Expression as a tool for teaching Conscious Connections and Peaceful Practices. Kara Elizabeth is guided by the philosophy that creation is a form of meditation and a tool for transformation- making space between the noisy chatter of the mind and connecting us to the deeper and quieter parts of ourselves. She offers a variety of art programs that help relax the mind, nourish the soul and restore the spirit.
The Teacher :
Years of developing my craft as an artist supports the foundation of who I am as a teacher, and the quality of work produced in my classroom. Creating of any kind is a subjective and vulnerable process so consideration must be given to the unique way in which each student interprets the subject, and how they offer that interpretation back out into the world. I believe that there is a delicate balance between the black and white nature of formal components and the vast gray area of individual expression. Although the goal in a formal arts education is to grow mature sophisticated artists, I believe that the essence of creation is spiritual- a connection to self- and therefore should be founded in love, freedom and celebration. I have found in my own practice that appreciating the unique expression of children is essential to establishing trust, building confidence, and providing a safe space for the beauty of creation to unfold more organically.The development and refinement of fundamental skills occurs naturally, with guidance and practice, and therefore is an irrelevant area of concentration for my research or instruction. Rather, I am fascinated by the effect creation has on the individual as the creator, the emotions stirred during the process, the meditative “flow,” and how the arts can be used to teach the most important work of generations past and present: Healing and Transforming our journey to one of LOVE, PEACE, GRACE, AND KINDNESS for ourselves and each other.