Art As Life

Looking to be better in touch with your creative side? Are you searching for an authentic artistic voice in your life? Are you ready to look into claiming your place in the world of artists? Is stress and anxiety getting in the way of building the life you want? Now is the time to schedule  your next  Art as Life class. Based in part, on the extraordinary work of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, and taught by Expressive Arts Therapist Andrea Offner for over 25 years. Join this exciting exploration into a more creative life and learn new skills to overcome your blocks and develop self-care. These empowering classes are for singers, dancers, actors, potters, designers, domestic goddesses, and non-artists alike.

The classes consist of sessions created especially for each participant or small group. Music and Sound Therapy are used to develop a unique approach to best meet the needs of each person. Identifying and expanding your creativity, artistic voice, and harmonious life are central to the work. We explore creative blocks, like stress or performance anxiety and develop ways to overcome them. The group focuses on leading an authentic and creative life, giving your inner artist full voice.

What is Sound Therapy? – Sound therapy refers to a range of approaches in which sound is used to treat physical and emotional concerns. One of these therapies, of course, is music therapy , which can involve a person listening to music, or making music to improve conditions such as stress or muscle tension.

Music is a key component in this therapy. Related approaches use sound wave vibrations to treat physical and emotional conditions. In general, this therapy is based on the theory that all of life vibrates, including people’s bodies. If a person’s healthy resonant frequency is out of balance, physical and emotional health is affected. When we consciously work with our natural frequencies we open our lives to powerful changes.

The sessions are held in English with some French translation available.

55 minute, individual or group classes can be scheduled weekday mornings between the hours of 9 and 11 am or afternoons 4 to 7pm, by appointment only. All fees are arranged through the Eventbrite site. (Cash payments will not be accepted.)

Pricing for Individual Sessions:
AMT Live! Members: 40€
Public: 50€
Student: 20€

Pricing for Group Sessions: 10€
Discounts for blocks of sessions are available.

REGISTRATION
Will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Some scholarship funding is available to qualified participants. In order to apply for a Scholarship, send a letter of motivation to studio@amtlive.org


What people have to say about this process:

“Before (this) class, I was completely separate from my creativity. The years of bitterness, loss and disappointment had taken their toll. Then gradually a miracle started to happen. I went back to school and got a degree in theater, I am auditioning for the first time in years, I am writing on a steady basis – and most important of all, I finally feel comfortable calling myself an artist….”

“Why should we use our creative power….? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold, and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and accumulation of objects and money.” – Brenda Eland

“The purpose of art is not rarified, intellectual distillate – it is life, intensified, brilliant life.” – Alain Arias-Mission

Testimonials from Andrea’s course on The Artist’s Way:
“You have the reputation for being the kindest, most positive person around. When you perform there is a light that just iminates from you, it is a beautiful glow of goodness; something very rare and only found in unique and special individuals. You are such a positive influence on us and our children.” – Cindy Stormer
“I have loved you for all your light. Thanks for sharing your joy with us all.  Thanks for teaching me – for mentoring me – for showing us how to step back in time and enjoy “Old fashioned fun”! You’ve been a beautiful example of life. May you continue to spread your flowers across the sea for all of your days.” – Ashley Hartman 
“Thank you for sharing such an uplifting musical experience! It was a day filled with blessings, gratitude and inspiration! – Sandra Currie

 

Andrea Offner headshotAndrea Offner is a native Texan who grew-up singing in East Texas. She attended SMU in Dallas to study opera on a vocal performance scholarship, but early-on, she chose to get her degree in Music Therapy. For 15 years, she worked with a variety of populations from alcohol and drug rehabilitation, adolescent and adult psychiatry to chronic pain patients – she loved every minute of it! Her first group, “the Virtual Band” performed her original folk songs at local festivals and benefit venues in the early 90’s. She stays musically active in choirs, the studio, and community theaters. Through all life’s changes – she has continued to sing and write music. She is thrilled to be living in Paris for a second time. Life’s too short! Is her most recent CD recorded in Germany. She is active in many philanthropic ventures in Paris and is happy to continue to teach The Artist’s Way Classes, a weekly joy since 1996!

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