What is the play of painting

The play of painting is a free expression painting workshop. The play is based on the process of painting, play, self-expression, and well-being. In this play, participants paint what they need to paint and not what should be painted.

  • The play of painting is a workshop dedicated to self-expression, where anyone can paint to their heart’s content, without comparison or competition.
  • Each participant is the hero in their own individual and infinite painted play – acted out in the presence of others, in solidarity, not competition.
  • This is a workshop where the drawing does not stop at the end of a sheet, where participants can add as many sheets as they wish.
  • Paintings are not taken home. They remain in the Closlieu. They are accessible for future play of painting sessions.

The benefits of the play of painting

You don't have to be an artist or know how to draw to play the play of painting. In fact, through the play, participants are led to draw on their own inner resources to find their creativity. Basically, the regular practice of the play of painting allows everyone to find their spontaneity in the simple act of drawing. It also allows one to refocus on oneself and to let one's organic memory (the formulation) emerge. In other words, the traces thus produced bring to light what lies within.

  • Expressing yourself freely, just for yourself and at your own pace very quickly provides real pleasure.
  • The participant is empowered in the natural evolution of their unique skills and potential.
  • This freedom leads everyone to gain self-confidence, while respecting the other participants who share for a moment the same place and the same pleasure.
  • Technical mastery, creativity and self-discipline arise freely within the group.
  • The play of painting encourages the emergence of natural and spontaneous self-expression (the formulation).

According to Arno Stern, the first practitioner of creative education and inventor of the play of painting, “the act of tracing is one of the fundamental necessities of being and the disposition for this act is in everyone. Its accomplishment gives boundless pleasure”.

Premises and equipment

To offer the play of painting, the place has been especially equipped with an 18-color table-palette, quality brushes and gouache paint designed for children. In addition, the walls can accommodate floor-to-ceiling designs.

The courses take place in a workshop fitted out to welcome children and adults in Corseaux, near Vevey (Vaud).

Participant à l'atelier Jeu de peindre Corseaux

To whom

  • Sessions are open to anyone from anywhere of any age, without any prerequisite.

Les participants sont encadrés par Christian Rattaz, un praticien du jeu de peindre, lui-même formé par Arno Stern. Il les accompagne et facilite leur entrée dans le jeu. Inscrivez-vous afin de partager un moment propice au lâcher-prise.

They talk about it

Arno Stern talks about it: “Imagine this space away from the pressures of everyday life. Imagine the meeting, in this space, of a dozen people who have unlearnt competition because it is their differences that are affirmed here - different ages, personalities, and origins. Finally, imagine an activity that has the virtues of play and the seriousness of a task on which all of a being's faculties concentrate themselves!”

Christian Rattaz's interview on Rouge FM

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