I am pleased to introduce myself… as one of Rochester Artisans’ Artists. My name is Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan owner of Hope In Art Studio, located in Anderson Alley on Goodman and Anderson St in Rochester.
I have been painting since 1988 when I was introduced to Decorative Painting by a co-worker and have worked in acrylics doing Decorative Painting (furniture, faux finishes, canvas) ever since. A few years back I was introduced to colored pencil taking my first class with Jean Stephens here in Rochester. I was hooked! This medium has become my very favorite to work in because it is the most meditative medium for me and I love the detail I am able to achieve with it. I do some watercolor and oil too.
I have been teaching at Monroe Community College in health Education for 15 years or so and have also taught art ever since I facilitated art night when working in drug treatment as a Recreation Therapist in the late 80’s.
Currently, at my studio I teach Zentangle Workshops the first Monday of every month. This is an art form that is very easy to learn and renders impressive results quite quickly. It’s use of repetitive patterns to create beautiful images. It enhances ones ability to focus yet is lighthearted and very fun!
Third Sundays of the month I facilitate Mandala Healing Art Workshops. Creating Mandalas is a mindful-based practice in which participants engage in a few short meditations to become more centered and to reduce the clutter of the mind. There is usually a theme … anything from “Connecting to the Light” to “forgiveness” but always something our hearts can relate to and something nourishing for soul.
Couples Create Night is a unique and creative evening out with your partner whereby you “connect” with your partner in a novel way by painting one painting on a double canvases that you can display side by side. I will guide you slowly through painting with acrylic on canvas. Guaranteed to win you some points! Wine is served.
Ladies, you can reserve your own Girls Night Out. In this relaxed atmosphere you and your friends will be guided through painting a set of wine glasses, tea box or birdhouse. Bring some wine and munchies to enjoy. This is a great night for team building groups too.
No experience is necessary for any of these events. Everyone is welcome but you can be guaranteed a wonderful and inspiring experience at Hope In Art Studio.
I hope we get to work together soon!