Art as Oracle: How to Connect with Art for Creative Self-Discovery
Thursday, December 7, 8:30-10:30pm EST
Dive Deep into Art: Your Path to Wholeness Begins Here
I’m thrilled to invite you to join me on December 5 or December 7 for a free workshop dedicated to exploring the magic that happens when we truly connect with a work of art. In the workshop, we’ll look at art together in community, and I’ll teach you my WholeART Method.
The WholeART Method gives you an easy way to truly connect with any work of art that draws you to it, finding hidden meanings and personal insights. It’s about peeling back layers and diving deep – not with a critic’s eye, but with an open heart and open mind.
This isn’t about being an “art person” or an academic or being “cultured.” It’s about being a raw and vulnerable human with all the thoughts, feelings, and depth that come with taking up space on this planet. It’s about finding yourself reflected back in the art and learning something new about yourself.
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About Your Guide
My name is Cindy Ingram, and I am an author, writer, artist, poet, educator, and entrepreneur. Connecting with works of art and crafting innovative learning activities are my superpowers, and I have dedicated my life to bringing the magic of art connection to others.
A former art museum educator and art teacher with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Art Education from the University of North Texas, I have supported teachers and their students through my work as founder and CEO of Art Class Curator since 2014.
I am passionate about taking art out of dark, stuffy lecture halls and out of the pretentious gatekeeping of “fine art” and into the hearts, minds, and lives of everyone who wants to experience it.
I measure my success with the volume of tears shed over the depth of beauty, connection, and humanity contained in works of art.
Get the Book: Art Is About Being Whole: A Memoir
The Art as Oracle workshop in December is all about discovering more about who you are, what you value, and what you want out of life using art as a catalyst and safe space. This is what my WholeART Method does for you.
I model this practice in my new book, Art Is About Being Whole: A Memoir. The book explores my journey of finding who I am underneath all the layers of protection. Each essay incorporates a work of art that encapsulates growth experienced at pivotal moments in my life. Each piece of art is a touch point to come back to again and again as I acknowledge where I’ve been and where I am headed. From a Great White Shark swimming stealthily beneath burnout to a futuristic painting of a mask connecting me with the humanity of my long-lost biological father to a succession of painted eyes clarifying my spirituality, each artwork helps me put words and images to thoughts, feelings, and transformations that often feel too hard to explain.
How do you explain a feeling? That’s what artists do.
Praise for the Cindy’s Art Connection Workshops
“When I joined the Circle, I was at a point where I was searching for some kind of connection. I was feeling very lost. I felt like I wasn’t reaching people, and I felt like people weren’t reaching me. I have never felt more connected to a group of people through a screen than I have through the Art Connection Circle. The kind of connection that I got through the Art Connection Circle gives me hope and shows me that it is possible for me to make deep connections with people this way. And I learned that I’m not alone.”
“I went into the Circle promising myself that I was not going to share about my recent cancer. I wasn’t ready. But when Cindy put the first artwork up on day one, it spoke to me so loudly I cried. The art helped me connect with a part of me that was not ready. Art opened a door that was not there before. The art made it easier to talk about my story, and it was met with encouragement and loving kindness from the group. I learned that I can heal, and that art heals.”
“I was really surprised at how deep we were able to get in such a short time. It’s amazing how a piece of artwork can really transition you into so many other aspects to think about, whether it’s the art, your life or someone else’s, or what’s happening in the world.”
“Cindy is truly excellent at creating a safe space for the group to share, explore, and feel heard. I was never worried that I was going to say the wrong thing or that I couldn’t say something that I wanted to say because of how it would be reacted to. That safe space allowed us to create deep bonds.”
“The self-awareness I gained from the Art Connection Circle was profound. I realized how important it is for my actions to line up with my values and also what a strong hold past voices have on how I think about myself now. In the safe and non-judgemental space of the circle, I learned to always be true to myself.“
“The Art Connection Circle is a safe and accepting space, and I felt comfortable there. It was a teddy bear. It was an encyclopedia. It was a community. It was just everything rolled into one.”