C.J. Shelton - Dancing Moon Designs
"Illuminating the Creative Spirit"
Mandala Artist & Instructor - www.dancingmoondesigns.ca
Home & Animal Companion Portraiture - www.cjsheltonportraits.ca
The artwork of CJ Shelton reflects the scope of skill and variety that her extensive experience as a technical illustrator, wallpaper and graphic designer have developed.
Carol (“C.J.”) Shelton is best known for her highly detailed architectural renderings and portraitiure of heritage sites and private residences which she has been actively doing for over 30 years throughout York Region and now Dufferin/Peel.
In the past few years CJ has became fascinated with more intuitive art forms and exploring the therapeutic qualities and benefits of various art processes when combined with alternative health practices. The result have been her visually harmonious mandalas ("mandala" meaning any artwork created in a circular pattern) that take their inspiration from the natural world and blend Celtic and Native elements with the principles of sacred geometry.
From her studio at the Alton Mill, CJ now offers her two distinctively different art forms which reflect a complementary balance of "left" brain skill and realism with intuitive "right" brain imagery.
Along with her training in Visual Arts, Illustration at Sheridan College, CJ has also studied a combination of social service work, therapeutic arts facilitation, psychology, counselling and shamanic practices. She now utilizes her skills and artistic abilities to work one-to-one and in small groups facilitating explorations of the creative spirit.
With the natural world as a focus and through blending teachings from Celtic, Native and mythological traditions, CJ’s workshops are a magical mix of creativity, fun, meditational relaxation and inspiration.
Look for details of monthly upcoming courses and workshops at www.dancingmoondesigns.ca
Sheridan College - Visual Arts, Illustration (Technical), Honours, 1983
Arscura School for Living Art - Core Studies and Art for Life Program (Art Therapy Facilitation), 2008
Seneca College - Social Service Work, Honours, 2008
8th Fire School of Algonquin Shamanism - Traditional Healing and Energy Medicine, 2009
PROFESSIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2011 to present - Full time artist, instructor and independent studio/gallery operator
2011 to present - Art instructor, The Learning Enterprise, Upper Grand District School Board, Orangeville
2011 to present - Art instructor, Maggiolly Art Supplies, Orangeville
2011 to present - Workshop Facilitator, Breakthrough Centre, Brampton
2010 - Recreation Program Art Instructor, Senior's Meeting Place, Town of Newmarket
2012 - Soul Stirring Works, Gallery Gemma, Alton Mill
2012/2011 - Weekend in the Woods, Hockley Valley Resort
2010/2009 - Newmarket Studio Tour, Town of Newmarket
2010 - Ontario Artist's Arts Festival, Sharon
2008/2007/2006 - Arscura School of Living Art Open House, Thornhill
2002 - Art in the Park Juried Show, Markham
2001-2003 - Artist in Residence, Sharon Temple National Historic Site, Sharon
Dufferin Arts Council
Orangeville Arts Group
Currently over 200 individuals own one of CJ Shelton's original architectural drawings, animal companion portraits and mandala art. Five of her renderings of heritage structures are in the corporate collection of the York Region Real Estate Board.
Classes & Workshops
MANDALA WORKSHOPS in Studio 206
CJ Shelton offers workshops throughout the year in mandala making, an ancient art form for creating beautiful circular designs and patterns.
CJ's workshops give you a great overall experience and introduction to mandala making and other fascinating topics including sacred geometry. With CJ's guidance and some simple materials, anyone can learn to create beautiful designs. No artistic experience is necessary.
For more information visit CJ's website at www.dancingmoondesigns.ca
Full Workshop Descriptions and Details can be found at www.dancingmoondesigns.ca/courses-workshops
“Art in the Round” – Mandala Art Try-It Sessions
PICK YOUR OWN DAY for two or more people! Offered Wednesdays through Sundays for groups of 2 or more throughout the year.
In this fun and relaxing 2-3 hour session learn to create beautiful circular and geometric patterns known as mandalas. Great for couples, families or small groups of friends. No art experience necessary. This is an easy workshop for all ages and abilities. Read testimonials by participants learn what they experienced and produced.
COST: $65 per person or $60 per person for two or more. Taxes and all art materials included.
TO REGISTER: Pre-registration with deposit is required. Call 519-942-2018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellation Policy: if you cancel after pre-registering for a workshop your deposit fee is non-refundable.A 'raincheck' may be offered depending on the circumstances.
PLAY DAYS WITH CJ
PICK YOUR OWN DAY! Need help with your drawing and painting projects? A private session with CJ can always be arranged to suit your schedule. These sessions are ideal for critiquing your art or spending creative time in the studio and can be arranged anytime, schedule allowing. $30 per person or four sessions for $100. Check www.dancingmoondesigns.ca for more info.
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