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“The moment in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.” - Barbara de Angelis

Join us for an upcoming Art of Motherhood workshop! Facilitator Lisa Kagan offers Art of Motherhood workshops, classes and retreats for mothers of young children at the Family Heirloom Arts Studio and through community organizations, preschools, wellness centers and arts education facilities throughout the Portland Metro area. Contact us if you would like to bring an Art of Motherhood workshop to your community of moms. Art of Motherhood programs are designed to help you refill your well, so you can flourish and thrive as you continue to nurture and support your family.

We invite you to:

  • Take a break from your responsibilities and enjoy the opportunity for self-reflection and creativity.
  • Allow yourself to be nurtured and taken care; someone else will make the snacks.
  • Engage in uninterrupted adult conversation and make new mom friends.
  • Turn the raw material of your daily life into fuel for the creative process, helping you to feel more inspired as you navigate your day-to-day life.

Register now…

Art of Motherhood, Refill Your Well (Monthly Class Series)

Art image of a mother and child standing at the top of a hill gazing at the moon and stars.Discover a creative and reflective space amidst your busy life to connect with yourself and other moms in a supportive and inspiring environment. Learn techniques for utilizing creative writing, drawing, painting, and collage to explore the journey into motherhood and the adventure of the early years of parenthood. You will have the opportunity to share insights and experiences with other moms through the process of turning the raw material of your daily life into fuel for the creative process. Completed art and writing pieces serve as a way to document and honor this incredible period of transformation and adaptation. No previous creative writing or art experience necessary.

This class series is designed as a “mom’s morning out” for mothers of young children. It is requested that participants attend the class without their young children. The Swap and Play will provide childcare in the “Meadow” room, which is next door to the “Forest” room where the workshops will be held. The childcare cost is $8 per child for each two-hour class.

Dates and Times: This is a monthly three-part series. Classes will be held on Mondays from 9:30-11:30am on March 13th, April 3rd and May 1st.
Location: Southside Swap and Play, 5239 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
Cost and Registration: $75 (art supplies included). To register contact Lisa Kagan at or call (503) 347-1391. Registration is open to the public, you do not need to be a Swap member in order to attend.

Art of Transformation, Exploring Life Milestones through Art and Story (Half-day Retreat)

Custom painting related to transformationAre you at an important juncture in your life? Have you recently gone through a rite of passage or are you preparing to usher in a time of change? In this workshop participants will use creative writing and visual art to explore an important life milestone and the opportunity this liminal space presents for personal transformation and creative expression. Participants will be encouraged to focus on a turning point that is especially relevant and meaningful for them. Potential topics include: becoming a parent, celebrating a significant anniversary or birthday, getting married, moving, changing jobs, discovering one’s passion and purpose, or honoring the loss of a loved one. Utilizing drawing, painting, collage and creative writing, participants will have the chance to create their own narrative images. No previous art or writing experience necessary. 

Date & Time: Saturday April 29th, 1-5:30pm
Location: Family Heirloom Arts Studio located in the Woodstock neighborhood in Southeast Portland
Cost: $75.00
To register, please contact Lisa Kagan at or (503) 347-1391. This retreat is offered in collaboration with Portland Women Writers and is designed for women of all ages and stages of life.

Participating in the Art of Motherhood class was the biggest gift I have given myself since becoming a mother three years ago. Taking the time to go somewhere without my son to connect with other moms and reflect on the supremely individual and simultaneously universal joys and challenges of early motherhood through a creative process felt hugely luxurious and affirming in the deepest sense. The Art of Motherhood program is for moms across the spectrum—new moms, moms to many, the artistically inclined and the creatively timid. It provides a chance to tap into the wealth of experience that the journey of motherhood provides but is often undocumented and lost due to the sheer immensity of it. Lisa has developed a deep and enriching opportunity for moms to engage in a creative process to connect with each other, as we connect more deeply with our children and ourselves.

– Judith
Art of Motherhood Class Participant

One of the most valuable aspects of my experience in the class was the ability to open up to understanding the differences and similarities between mothers. I really appreciated the art and writing component combined and the depth of the subject matter expressed by everyone.

– Kristen
Art of Motherhood Class Participant

I loved the opportunity to be introspective through the written reflections and answering specific, thought-provoking questions. Personally creating art was a huge challenge but very valuable. I really enjoyed gathering with a supportive group of women and hearing their stories.

– Bea
Art of Motherhood Class Participant