Art Sparks

Art Sparks, a Living Studio by Maria Cofinas

Art Sparks
Maria Cofinas

Belconnen Arts Centre/CAPO Inclusion Award

Foyer Gallery
26 July – 1 September 2019

Opening night | 6pm Friday 26 July 2019

Maria’s personal practice and teachings use Intentional Creativity®, a process learned from Shiloh Sophia McCloud, which weaves together intention, symbolism, and layers of energetic and creative processes in opening individuals to the transformative power of creativity.

Art Sparks, a Living Studio exhibition, will examine themes around the sacred feminine and nature. Maria brings open curiosity, a joy of learning and sharing, and will use a range of mixed media and painting techniques. Materials include paper, canvas, acrylic and watercolour ink and paint. Maria will also play with the use of thread, wire, weaving and metallic leaf. Her intention is that her art will be a gateway, an alchemical altar, that awakens people to liberate the beauty within and around them.

The public is invited to watch Maria at work and interact with her. A range of free workshops are being offered on Fridays and Sundays, to which all are invited.

Free workshops

Art Sparks | Face Collage Insights with Maria Cofinas

10:30am-12:30pm Sunday 28 July 2019
Face Collage Insights
Creating your face collage is a powerful and quick tool that allows you space and time to gain some insights into your life. This class suits any level of experience with collage.
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Art Sparks | Colour Mixing Adventures with Maria Cofinas

10:30am-12:30pm Friday 2 August 2019
Colour Mixing Adventures
Do you find colour mixing with acrylics challenging? Are you confused? Do you simply need a fun refresher? Gain the know-how and freedom to create colour without having to buy every colour in the art shop.
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Art Sparks | Messy Mandalas with Maria Cofinas

10:30am-12:30pm Friday 16 August 2019
10:30am-12:30pm Sunday 18 August 2019
Messy Mandalas
Learn about the fascinating origins of mandalas and the magic they weave. They are “messy” since you will be using freehand techniques to create your unique pieces. Each of us is unique and creates with our own special spark, so your mandala is your own masterpiece and offers a unique vision of you.
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Art Sparks | Daily Creative Practices with Maria Cofinas

10:30am-12:30pm Friday 23 August 2019
Daily Creative Practices
What are the little things in your daily life that give you a bit of skip in your step, that make your day so much better? Big or small, it does not matter. Creative practices can free our mind to think in ways that the rush of everyday life and work often stifles.
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Art Sparks | Creative Symbolism with Maria Cofinas

10:30am-12:30pm Friday 30 August 2019
Creative Symbolism
Sometimes an image, feeling, colour, smell or words can capture your attention, yet what does it mean? Discover your inner language and use it to express your deepest desires and knowledge through drawing, painting and writing.
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About the artist

Maria Cofinas is a visionary artist, incorporating intentional creativity and symbolism into her creative practice. Maria’s approach is accessible to all in the community, no matter what background or experience level, and encourages exploration and experimentation. Maria changed careers in 2016 to pursue her lifelong love of the arts. She joined the IGNITE: Alternative Arts Academy and has contributed to exhibitions around Canberra. In 2018, Maria was awarded the Belconnen Arts Centre Inclusion Award through the Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation (CAPO).