Internationally Renowned 'Painting Experience' Comes to Arts on the Square Nov. 4

The North Country Arts Council will host a three-day painting immersion workshop called "The Painting Experience" Nov. 4-6 at Arts on the Square in Watertown.

In this workshop, everyone is a beginner. All experience levels are welcome, including those who have never picked up a paintbrush. The course is an adventure into color, form, and image where no rules apply. Students will be asked to paint directly from intuition.

The Painting Experience appeals to those who are interested in the dimensions of the artistic/creative, healing/therapeutic, and meditative/spiritual aspects of expression.

Students will be given the environment, methods, facilitation, and overview with which to do in-depth self-exploration. The goal is free-expression, with an emphasis on the creative process rather than technique or expertise.

Facilitating the workshop is Matt Belay, a professional painter based out of North Carolina. Materials will be supplied. Cost for the three-day immersion is $295. For more information and to register, visit

Since its founding in 1976, the Painting Experience has touched the lives of thousands of people around the world by enabling them to explore their creative processes in an atmosphere of respectful non-judgment. Arts on the Square is located at 52 Public Square in Watertown.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.