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Joan Stanford and Marilyn Hagar

Joan Stanford and Marilyn Hagar

Joan Stanford and Marilyn Hagar

Instructors: Joan Stanford & Marilyn Hagar
April 18–19, 2020 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


“It took me four years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

– Pablo Picasso

Do you remember what it was like to create as a child? No judgement, no pressure, no critiques, just for the joy of it. The good news is that that wild child still lives inside of us and has just been waiting to come out and play once again. In this workshop we will open communication with our creative essence, fling open the doors to the images that are alive inside of us, feed the fire of our imaginations, and discover our ability to express something meaningful about our lives through the arts. We are all artists. It comes with being human, but in a culture that teaches art as achievement rather than personal expression, we may have turned to those we think of as artists to make art for us thus separating from a vital part of ourselves.

In a safe, supportive environment, we will invite playful exploration, follow our intuition, and let our images speak. Absolutely no experience is necessary, just a willingness to be open to the idea that the gift of creative expression belongs to all of us.


JOAN STANFORD is the author of The Art of Play: Ignite Your Imagination to Unlock Insight, Healing, and Joy. She is a board-certified art therapist and full-time innkeeper who has been facilitating creativity groups for over 20 years encouraging people of all ages, especially non-artists, to expand their awareness through playing with art materials. She has been recognized with the Soroptimist “Making a Difference For Women” award for an art-based curriculum she co-created and taught in local schools. Her poems have been published and her art exhibited. She lives in Mendocino with her husband and offers imagination playshops and creativity retreats at their inn and wellness center. She welcomed her first grandchild last year.

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MARILYN HAGAR is the author of Finding the Wild Inside: Exploring our Inner Landscape Through the Arts, Dreams and Intuition. She a registered expressive arts therapist who owns and operates For the Joy Of It!, a creative retreat in Mendocino, California. She has been in private practice and led groups and workshops at her forest retreat for more than 40 years and has dedicated her life to the belief that we are all creative and that expressing ourselves through the arts puts us in touch with our own wild essence. Marilyn has published articles about her creative life and her adventures in the great outdoors. She has also exhibited her artwork and her art quilts, inspired by inner-life imagery and her dream world. She has three wonderful sons and four precious grandsons.

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Current MAC Members: $216
Non-members: $240 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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