Self Portrait

Who are YOU and what makes you all of who you are? During this workshop you will explore, through the medium of movement and painting, how you see yourself, and how you perceive your identity in relation to others in the world.

Together we will create a warm environment for supportive exchange in your personal journey. No previous painting or artistic skills are necessary.

Saturday 16th March 2019

£60 including all art materials and simple refreshments
Paddock Studio
Paddock Lane, 
Lewes BN7 1TW1

For information & booking please contact:
mayacockburn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)


Archetypes & Symbols

May 11th 10am – 5pm at Paddock Studios

Invite, invoke & express your personal archetypes & symbolism through painting & movement. Simple guidelines are provided as a way to listen deeply to your inner landscape, bringing to form personal imagery. Creative, Energising and Empowering!

Journey into the Garden

June 15th 10am – 5pm at Paddock Studios

Explore the delightful garden at Paddock Studios, opening your senses to the wonder of nature through silence, movement and simply being.

Through painting you can then express your experiences, giving clarity to your relationship with nature, yourself and your life.

Paddock Studios, Lewes BN
£60 including art materials and simple refreshments
For more information and booking please contact mayacockburn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)


Create your personal Fairy Tale

Fairy tales are based on archetypes and their powerful relationships with one another. From children to elders, we are mesmerised by these stories because they resonate with the dilemmas and dynamics of life relating to current themes in your life.
Through the process of movement, art and writing the setting, characters and symbolic objects of your unique fairy tale will emerge, inspired by magical landscapes and the current themes of your life.

Sunday 28th April 2019 at Lewes New School

£60 including all art materials & refreshments
£15 deposit
10am – 5.00pm
Lewes New School, Talbot Terrace,
Lewes BN7 2DS

Contact: mayacockburn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)


Paintings by workshop participants


The Way

I really felt as if my body told me a story in this painting, it said ‘don’t worry, everything is going to be allright’. I feel reassured that I’m treading the right path, I just need to trust this message from myself

Painting by workshop participant on ‘Coming Home’ workshop


Garden“From the sensuousness of the Paddock garden, I tried to capture the vibrancy of the abundant valerian flowers. As the day evolved the picture transformed into a synthesis of nature, wind and sunlight which was very satisfying, and wonderful to work in a supportive group setting.”

‘Archetypes and Symbols’ workshop participant


Thank you for the most beautiful day yesterday…it was a joy…..You held the day perfectly….thank you for your wisdom…your beautiful energy …and your special drumming…I did appreciate it and it was very powerful….great that we all had time to share at the end…..perfect.

Journey into the Garden.  Helen



Patcham workshop

Workshops in Primary School, Brighton

March 2017

Throughout the workshops I used a similar painting process to the one I encourage in my Painting from the Heart workshops with adults.

I asked the children to think and feel about what their identity is in relation to their environment and activities they like to do, and then paint their self portrait freely and spontaneously.

It was Interesting to hear their desires to draw an image first, often using rulers, pencils and rubbers, but I suggested going straight into painting without planning. I also encouraged experimentation through using the end of a paintbrush to carve into the paint, or mix colours together to see what happened or use fingers to dab and dot.

I encouraged them to continue creating layers of paint and change their images right to the end of the session.

The important aspect of these workshops was for children to fully enjoy and engage in the process of painting for the simple joy of painting in itself. The end result was not to be judged as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. I loved the energy in the room as children chatted and laughed as they painted, and just look at these vibrant images!

If you would like to have a workshop in your School please email me through the contact page.