From Art to Empowerment:
How Women Can Develop Artistic Voice
New Book Takes Women on an Empowering Journey of Self-Discovery through Artistic Expression
Author, Artist and Art Illustrator Annette Luycx introduces women how to become a real artist by using personal life experiences in ‘From Art to Empowerment’.
ATHENS, Greece – Art comes with so many different elements that define an artist. In Annette Luycx’s debut book, “From Art to Empowerment: How Women Can Develop Artistic Voice,” the author introduces a new do it yourself workshop for women to be empowered by the art they create. Luycx teaches women twelve dimensions of artistic expression from personal narrative to final exhibition. With plenty of practical exercises this workbook guides women in developing self-awareness and personal power through making art.
Luycx’s book follows three different women whose first-hand experiences form an example of what the practical process of developing artistic voice in three months can look like. Readers will experience these women’s stories through every session in the workbook and see their colorful photo montages (the book has 50 color illustrations).The audience will get a glimpse into the challenges, concerns and the impact that the workshop had on their identity as they learned to trust their own life experiences as sources of inspired art-making.
“I wrote the book because I wanted to provide a method for teaching art to women that would empower them,” said Luycx. “My goal is that many women will use my method to make art that is meaningful to them and get self-knowledge. My book will teach women how to use writing and visualizing for art making. It provides a method to guide women to find their unique personal artistic expression by going on a journey into their inner world.”
“From Art to Empowerment” is an inspiring workbook that shows women that making art is a transformative experience when they use their personal life experiences for the art they create. The book will encourage readers to find their artistic voice through self-discovery and become empowered.
My hands-on workbook for self-discovery through artistic expression describes the method I have developed over 20 years of working with women in art education. It is written for all women who want to develop their artistic voice; that personal visual language that reflects beliefs, life philosophy and self-identity. It is an ideal book for women who love to make art: total newbies, seasoned amateurs and well-established artists. As a working method it uses collage and photo-montage, ways of art making that are fun and easy, and my specialty. But you can also use another artistic medium, if you like.
The book guides women in developing self-awareness and personal power through making art. That is the essence of empowerment! It helps women to look inward, find inspiration in personal life experiences and generate their own themes, images and symbols, discovering what is meaningful to them and learning to express that visually. By making personal art, by expressing the images women encounter on the inside when they start a process of self-reflection, journaling and visualization about a personal issue, they start a conversation with themselves, they get in touch with themselves and they discover what is meaningful for them, what makes their heart beat faster. This process is empowering! When you realize what is meaningful for you and you express this in your art, you obtain self-esteem. This is the first step in the process of personal growth. Self-esteem and feeling you are growing as a person, enhance your self-confidence, and this supports you in making healthy choices for yourself in your life. This empowers you. Becoming strong and conscious, that is empowerment.
In the book I lead women through a step-by-step process using self-reflective thinking, visualizing, journaling, and other creative practices. It starts with explaining how to find a personal story that you can use for your art-making and it ends with a proposal to organize your final exhibition, in order to share your artwork with friends and family.
Included in the book are the first-hand experiences of three participating women, reflections about their studio process, and the impact of the workshop on their identity as they learned to trust their life experiences as sources of inspired art-making.
The book has twenty-four practical fun exercises and twelve art assignments that guide you to develop your artistic voice: that unique way of art-making that is so characteristic of who you are, your own style! This book will expand your artistic ability and self-awareness as you work in collage, photo-montage, or in your preferred medium, on an issue of personal interest.