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My email is: dar(at)darsworld(dot)com

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New Hope, PA

908.720.2066

The official web site of Dar (Hosta) James, artist, author, illustrator & educator.

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Art Parties

I offer art parties and creative workshops for adults looking to unlock their inner artists and get in touch with their own inspiration. Success comes at all artistic levels and abilities... Answer your creative call!

You can schedule a private group workshop with me at your location or mine. I also offer monthly sessions at my home studio in New Hope, PA. Join my mailing list to be in the know! Email me dar(@)darsworld(dot)com with "Subscribe" in the subject line OR hit the little ENVELOPE  in the top right corner of this page. :)

Click HERE for a listing of scheduled workshops you can register for NOW!

Check out my ONLINE CLASS LISTINGS here!

So, you don’t consider yourself an artist but you know that you have a spark of creativity inside you that is dying to get out?

Do you like to play with things like paper, paint and pens?

Do you like to make stuff?

Would you like to disconnect from your daily tasks and take a moment to answer the call of your heart and soul?

I facilitate fun, stress-free adult workshops that will not only uncover your hidden creativity and your inner, "child artist," but provide you with ways to honor and remember important life experiences, help you connect to the natural world and express yourself through images and words. Best of all, in these workshops there’s no way to make a mistake! They are foolproof. I promise.

Treat yourself to some “soul food” in relaxing, inspiring sessions with kindred, creative spirits. Make a beautiful painting that is uniquely yours... not a copy of the teacher's, explore a variety of art journaling techniques and create gorgeous starter pages for your journals, write beautiful prose and poetry without being afraid of the blank page and tap into your creative being with fear-free, open-ended mediums in a no-pressure environment. We will gather together, as creative beings, in a place where curiosity is more important than having gone to art school!

The focus of these sessions will be on personal growth and expression for both the artist and the non-artist.  Projects will also include positive affirmations for healthy minds and spirits as well as instruction on relaxation through mindfulness, meditation and guided imagery. Tap into your inner creativity and use it to improve the quality of your life!

Schedule a Workshop!

These are customized, 2-3 hour classes that you can host at your home, church, synagogue, community center or, really, any venue of your choosing. Make it a reunion, make it a party, make it a spiritual gathering, make it whatever you’d like! We can discuss the needs of your group and come up with projects and activities that will work for everyone. I also host a variety of smaller, more intimate workshops  in New Hope, PA. Check my EVENT CALENDAR for upcoming dates and registration details. Get on my mailing list to be up to date on all my scheduled classes... Email dar(at)darsworld(dot)com and put "SUBSCRIBE" in the subject.

I bring all the supplies and you and your guests will experience a casual, low-key, art and creativity workshop where we will explore drawing, painting, collage or journaling. Writing exercises will include prompts for lyrical poetry as well as playful language games that can improve all types of writing, both professional and recreational.

Here are some of the inspiring workshops I've created just for you...

"STAINED GLASS TREES": A painting workshop that lets you explore your own painting style.

Stained Glass Trees: Trees are a symbol of life, of family, of love and of knowledge and inspire human beings for their majestic beauty which connects us to this planet. This is a painting class for artists and non artists at all ability levels. Using acrylic paints on canvas, participants will create a gorgeous, finished tree painting by exploring intuitive painting techniques and the use of negative space. 

"JOYFUL ART JOURNALING": An open-ended creative experience where we make handmade journals to capture a special moment.

Joyful Art Journaling: Art journaling is a way of expressing our selves through words and images that we create. It's as simple as that. There are no right or wrong ways to art journal and each person's journal pages will be as unique as they are. It is a little bit like a sketchbook, if you'd like to think of it that way, but in a workshop environment, I will introduce you to some fun ways to create images and text that reflect who you are, where you've been and what is important in your life. Art journaling is, to me, a much more comfortable approach to documenting time than is keeping a private diary, and it's a beautiful way to share things we feel and experience with others without having to reveal everything if we choose to share our pretty pages with others.

In an Art Journaling workshop you are free to arrive and create pages from single sheets of paper which I will provide for you. You may also bring your own journal if you have already started one. 

"GRATITUDE FLAGS": An art workshop that leaves you feeling creatively and spiritually fed.

Gratitude Flags: Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has as opposed to a more consumer-oriented focus on what one wants. Gratitude is what gets poured into the glass to make it half FULL. Studies show that gratitude can be cultivated and that it has a profound effect on our personal well being, our feelings of happiness and our energy level. It increases our connection to the planet and our ability to feel empathy for others. In this workshop, we will create a colorful set of Gratitude Flags that can beautify any indoor or outdoor space. Inspired by Tibetian Prayer Flags and using recycled and repurposed materials, this workshop is a fun and easy way to feel thankful and create beauty.

 

All My Workshops Include:

  • Complete workshop materials for up to 30 people.
  • My set-up/clean-up of materials for participants.
  • 3 hours instructional/workshop session.
  • Access to all handouts, links and supply lists.
  • Sessions scheduled in a series of 3 or more will receive a 10% discount and all sessions will be varied.

The fine print: A minimum of eight (8) participants is required to run any of my workshops. Please email me with the details of your group and I will provide fees.  Additional costs apply in locations that are greater than 50 miles from my home in New Hope, PA or for locations that require overnight accommodations.

Programs are available in all-day and multi-day formats, as well as at locations throughout the US and beyond. If you are interested in out of state/country scheduling, please contact me so that we may discuss your particular needs.

Questions? Availability? Email me: dar(at)darsworld(dot)com