How do I bring KitaReka to my school or organization?
For each new location we need a 2 class minimum of 10 students per class. A simple room that can accommodate the participants is all we need to be able to set up our mobile studio space in your location. Please contact us to set up an appointment and we will be happy to make it happen.
Must I know how to paint to join?
Part of the joy of this experience is being in a space where there is no judgement, critique or comparisons made. You will be surprised at what wants to be expressed if you just allow yourself to let go of your inner critic. We will give you a brief and easy introduction to start you off and we will help you along if you get stuck. As long as you can hold a brush, you can paint..
Who are the facilitators?
Our facilitators are trained to get out of your way, so that you have the creative freedom to follow your own curiosity and intuition. They are also trained to challenge the blocks of judgement and fear that inevitably come up with any creative undertaking. Their role is to support and serve.
How is your approach different from other painting classes?
In our classes, the focus is in the process. It is rooted in the work of Arno Stern, a German educationalist and researcher based in France. There is no judgement, no correction and no comparison. What is happening on the paper is respected as part of the process of discovery and exploration. Our studio is uniquely designed to facilitate free expression. Our materials are all high quality and selected specifically for process work.
What are the groups like?
Our unique approach consists of groups of participants of different skill levels and mixed ages from age 3 and above, who will all be painting together in the same group. Everyone is considered a beginner because we are all still learning and discovering about ourselves. This is a method that is unique to KitaReka.
Can I try for just one session?
We have given this question a lot of thought because we know that in order to really experience and benefit from this approach you need to be part of a group and come regularly. We have seen how an initial fear or struggle is able to transform when given time.
However, if you really feel you can only come once or if a trial session is necessary, please reach out to us.
What do I need to bring?
We provide all materials, paints, brushes, aprons etc. Just wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Please note that if any paint gets on your clothes, wash the spot immediately. The paints are water soluble.
What kind of paints and brushes do you use?
We use speciality paints that have been created specifically for its therapeutic qualities. Our brushes are of the highest quality natural hair brushes.
How big is a group?
Group size varies. For the children's group, it can be 8 - 12 children, and for the adult groups, it can be 6 - 15 adults.