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CJ Shelton

  • About

    C.J. Shelton - Dancing Moon Designs

    "Illuminating the Creative Spirit"

    Mandala Artist & Instructor -


    Home & Animal Companion Portraiture -

    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


  • CV


    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



    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



    Headwaters Arts
    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

    Full Workshop Descriptions and Details can be found at

    “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

    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.



    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 for more info.


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