Introduction to Facilitating Process Arts I

Module One: The Principles of Process Painting

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A course in the art of facilitation for professionals working in process-oriented learning environments, as well as individuals wishing to deepen their experience of process painting.

Introduction to Facilitating Process Arts

This course is for those interested in learning and practicing the basic principles of facilitating process arts. In addition to serving as a guide for those who wish to teach process painting, this course is also designed for professionals working in other types of process-oriented learning environments, such as workshop leaders, therapists and teachers. The course can also be a great support for those who may not want to facilitate or teach, but who wish to deepen their own experience of process painting.

Introduction to Facilitating Process Arts contains three modules, each of which will help you incorporate the facilitation techniques of process painting into your own work. Module One: The Principles of Process Painting explores seven essential elements of facilitation based upon methods developed over the last 40 years by The Painting Experience. The course is self-paced; you can complete it on your own schedule. After you enroll in Module One, you will receive emails announcing the availability of the next lesson in the series. You can go back and review the material at any time, as you’ll have ongoing access to all lessons in that module. When you complete Module One, you will receive a certificate of course participation.

Prior Art Experience is not required. This approach to facilitation can be applied to any teaching modality. As course member, you will have the opportunity to participate in facilitated sessions in our Online Painting Program. Online painting is a valuable supplement to your course experience as it gives you the opportunity to witness the process firsthand as well as be facilitated by Stewart Cubley or a senior Painting Experience facilitator in the community of other process painters. In addition, at the end of each online painting session you will be invited to participate in a facilitation discussion to explore topics that arise during the session.

Completion of Module One is not a certification to teach The Painting Experience

Each module is meant to assist in your professional development, by extending and deepening your understanding of process-oriented education through learning the philosophy and facilitation methods of The Painting Experience. For example, many participants in this course teach subjects related to process painting under their own names, or are pursuing this course of study for their own personal development.

We welcome you to this exploration, and we look forward to addressing your desire to enter more fully into the path of creative inquiry, whether for your own growth or so you may support others on a journey of inspiration and transformation.

"There are a couple of books on my bookshelf that have been there for years – that I have read and reread and reread, and that I will never give away. This course is like that for me."

~ Jane Charbonneau

"I’ve been a therapist for twenty-five years. There’s something about what we’re doing here that gets to a core of self-love, self-compassion and self-encounter that I think is really the foundation that I was looking for when I became a therapist. It feels very deep to me, and very precious."

~ Jean Matlack

Course Structure

Module One: The Principles of Process Arts

Facilitation brings process painting into a whole new dimension. It’s exciting, demanding -- and also humbling. If you try to rely on concepts or techniques that have worked before, it’s going to fall flat -- because this is not a subject to be learned; it’s a way to be. With this understanding in mind, the following principles become indicators for awareness on a lifelong journey of discovery.

Not Knowing

Not having an agenda, not planning, not being driven by expectation, not being attached to the outcome. As a facilitator, not being directive -- stepping back and creating the space, staying out of the way.


Learning to sense deeply, slowing down and taking time to be sensitive and present. As a facilitator, being able to enter another's emotional reality and sense what's actually being asked for.


Having listened, learning to take what you get. Accepting what arises and going with it, not arguing with what shows up. As a facilitator, not labeling or categorizing a painter.

Following the Energy

Learning to recognize the direction that is given to you. Embracing the twin pillars of imagination and energy. Learning to tell the difference between passion and preference. As a facilitator, sensing the direction of the flow and trusting that.

Working With Difficulty

Understanding the relationship of creative blocks to the inner critic, and how these challenging times are portals to new dimensions. As a facilitator, recognizing the opportunity that difficulty presents and developing the courage to work with it.

Not Interpreting

Knowing the ways in which the mind loves to create a narrative and get caught by story. As a facilitator, being very clear about the difference between interpretation and insight.


What it means to find the true endpoint of the painting. As a facilitator, daring to trust your intuition, having the courage to go that extra mile and ask someone to explore further when they’re convinced that the painting is finished.

Continuing Education Credits


The Painting Experience is licensed to offer Continuing Education Credits through the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the Board of Registered Nursing for the State of California.

In addition to completing a module, participants receiving CE Credits must attend two webinars (1½ hours each) and three online painting classes (3 hours each). There is a $25 CE certificate fee.

Note: Many states other than California will honor these continuing education credits. Please check with your local state agency to confirm their applicability. Upon request, The Painting Experience will provide you or your organization with documentation required for compliance or proof of participation.


Recorded Webinars

In addition to the rich course content, you’ll also have periodic live webinars and over 18 hours of recorded webinars hosted by Stewart Cubley in conversation with course members on a wide range of topics relevant to facilitating process arts. There is no charge for webinars -- they're included in the cost of the course.

Online Painting Classes

Online painting classes provide a rich learning environment in which to deepen your own practice with the support of a virtual community of process painters. You receive personal facilitation from Stewart Cubley or another senior facilitator. As a course member, you are invited to join discussions after each class to explore facilitation questions that arise during the sessions.

Course members receive an initial free online painting session and 25% off a package of six sessions.*

“I appreciate the almost instant attention that is available to me. The online system is so easy to use. It’s almost miraculous.” ~ Dolly Chye, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Personal Mentoring

You are welcome to schedule one-on-one mentoring sessions with Stewart Cubley or Annie Rousseau, senior facilitator. As a course member, you will receive 25% off a three-hour mentoring package.*

In-Person Facilitator Training

The Painting Experience hosts one (and soon two) in-person Facilitator Trainings per year. The Facilitator Trainings provide a precious opportunity for course members to gather for four days to build community and explore aspects of the painting process in a rich format of educational exercises, faculty presentations and supervised facilitation experiences. Although these are not a required part of the course since many of our participants are overseas, participants have found these trainings to be an invaluable part of becoming a process painter facilitator. Registration for the November Training will open in March.

* 25% Discounts on online classes and personal mentoring packages are restricted to one each per course module.

Your Instructor

Stewart Cubley
Stewart Cubley

For over four decades, Stewart Cubley has pioneered a way of integrative and creative living through the practice of process painting. His method is one of respectful questioning that invites you to extend yourself into new areas of thought and feeling. Stewart has the ability to meet you where you are and to ask the right question at the right time. He is a down-to-earth teacher whose personal interactions allow you to see yourself differently in ways that can be life changing.

Stewart travels throughout the world, teaching his unique approach to thousands of people at personal growth centers such as the Esalen Insitute and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. He has brought his work to multinational corporations, programs in prisons and countless other public forums. Stewart is the co-author of Life, Paint & Passion, Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression, (Tarcher/Putnam). He and his wife, Shae Irving, live in Fairfax, California and part of the year on their homestead near Denali Park, Alaska.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 15 days and we will give you a full refund minus 10% of the total fee.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like, across any and all devices you own. Many people refer back to lessons again and again as their facilitation experience deepens.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course; you decide when you start and when you finish. The course material is released sequentially over a period of 8 weeks.
Is the price for all three modules, or are they priced separately?
The modules are priced separately. Signing up for one module does not obligate you to enroll in later modules. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of each module.
If I choose to make payments, what is the time period over which the payments are made?
Your first payment of $225 is made immediately. Your next payment is charged automatically in 30 days, and the third payment in 60 days. You will be paid in full after 2 months.
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