Art classes for mums-to-be
When artist Leone Connable was pregnant with her first child five years ago, she invited other pregnant women and their partners to her home to draw, paint and play with art materials as they prepared for giving birth.
This was such a satisfying experience that Leone, now pregnant with her second child, decided to offer a formal six-week course in ‘Pregnancy Art’ through Byron Community College.
“The women will go home with some special things they have created, but mainly it’s about relaxing, having fun and enjoying the process, not worrying about the end result,” she said.
“The group is a place for women to connect with their bodies, their babies, and each other. It is an empowering way to celebrate pregnancy.”
Leone’s approach to art is about trusting your own self-expression and allowing an instinctive right-brain process to emerge.
“Which is also a good way to approach giving birth,” she said.
Leone uses various exercises to lead participants into their creative zone and shares many different art techniques.
All of this in a supportive, nurturing atmosphere. No experience needed – you just have to be pregnant!
If you are pregnant and would like to share this special time with Leone and a circle of other pregnant women, you can enrol online at www.byroncollege.org.au, or call 6684 3374.