Asking a Shadow to Dance

Art can be purifying | taught by Mary Beth Shaw

Course description

Throughout the layers of Asking a Shadow to Dance, you'll create a mysterious art journal background via words, chosen at first seemingly by chance yet ultimately by you.

Mary Beth Shaw
Mary Beth Shaw
Owner

Mary Beth Shaw worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she quit her job in 2000 to re-ignite a childhood love of art. She is now a full time painter and internationally known workshop instructor. Her creative process is largely self taught, spontaneous and joyful. She is author of Flavor for Mixed Media and Stencil Girl , both published by F&W and is also a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine.

In 2010, Mary Beth recognized a need for 'artist designed' stencils and created StencilGirl Products, which has quickly grown into a respected supplier of high quality stencils for all media. Living with her husband and three cats, Mary Beth is passionate about every moment of life.

- Mary Beth Shaw

Reviews (7)

Asking a Shadow to Dance

by Cindy Camus
Mary Beth - I love this class. So very clever. Can't wait to burn holes in my story.

Simple yet powerful

by Lori Zajac
OK...I haven't actually done this yet, but am excited to try. I have to wait until the weather is a little nicer since I don't want to be out in 30 something degree weather doing art and my husband would go ballistic if he saw me burning paper in the house. I can understand how writing and then burning and making art from the remains will be very therapeutic. This is an especially nice course with the list of supplies being very short and unless you feel like you have to have the exact stencil and exact paint color, most of us will already have what we need. I don't know what Sandburg had in mind when he wrote the poem but I think Mary Beth has done a wonderful job of taking the poem and giving me a way to "feel" it.

Pleasant surprise!

by Phyllis Berker
I was pleasantly surprised with this course, not fully grasping which direction it would go, based on the Intro and the supply list (candle, matches ???). It was like reading a book you haven't heard reviews of yet, just reading the inside cover synopsis; you can't put it down, and though anxious to see how the book ends, you still would like the story to continue. The title of this course makes perfect sense after watching the video. Really enjoyed the techniques, and gives me more creative ideas for journal pages based on this concept. Thanks Mary Beth.
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Asking a Shadow to Dance

by Cindy Camus
Mary Beth - I love this class. So very clever. Can't wait to burn holes in my story.

Simple yet powerful

by Lori Zajac
OK...I haven't actually done this yet, but am excited to try. I have to wait until the weather is a little nicer since I don't want to be out in 30 something degree weather doing art and my husband would go ballistic if he saw me burning paper in the house. I can understand how writing and then burning and making art from the remains will be very therapeutic. This is an especially nice course with the list of supplies being very short and unless you feel like you have to have the exact stencil and exact paint color, most of us will already have what we need. I don't know what Sandburg had in mind when he wrote the poem but I think Mary Beth has done a wonderful job of taking the poem and giving me a way to "feel" it.

Pleasant surprise!

by Phyllis Berker
I was pleasantly surprised with this course, not fully grasping which direction it would go, based on the Intro and the supply list (candle, matches ???). It was like reading a book you haven't heard reviews of yet, just reading the inside cover synopsis; you can't put it down, and though anxious to see how the book ends, you still would like the story to continue. The title of this course makes perfect sense after watching the video. Really enjoyed the techniques, and gives me more creative ideas for journal pages based on this concept. Thanks Mary Beth.

Great art & life lesson here!

by Jennifer Moen
I enjoyed your approach to this exercise and can definitely use this technique in my art journal. Thanks so much!

Interesting technique.

by LUCY TYSON
This course is more about the journey of the mind for journaling. Mary Beth shows a technique I have never seen used before and it requires the artist to let go and be good to ones self.

by Sarah Robinson
What an incredible piece of art...thank you so much.....so much more than just a lesson!

Phoenix Rising

by Retha Williams
This is a beautiful and helpful lesson, literally the Phoenix rising from the ashes, and just like the Phoenix, it can be used again and again for cleansing and stimulating the creative process. Mary Beth has provided a valuable tool for accessing and shaping the forces of expression.