Turning Pain Into Art with Mari Andrew

Writer, illustrator and Instagram sensation Mari Andrew joins The School of Life for an exclusive and intimate hands-on workshop in learning how to turn your pain into art.

Making art is a tried and tested method for coping with personal crises, depression, anxieties, stress and traumatic events. Being lost in the flow of creation can be a great salve to a wounded soul, as well as helping us make sense of the insensible. From doodling in a notebook, visiting and viewing beautiful pieces of art in our local museum to creating your own masterpiece – all forms of artistic expression can help us to shape a narrative from the chaos.

In her first visit to Australia, Mari Andrew (@bymariandrew), joins The School of Life for a very special and intimate workshop to help us turn our pain into art. In this hands-on workshop, Mari will help us explore art therapy techniques and exercises to self-soothe, focus on the good, find humour in the horrific and confront our fears head on through the healing medium of art.

In this exclusive workshop you will:

-       Hear Mari’s personal experience of pain and loss and how art helped her to heal
-       Learn techniques to channel emotion into your work
-       Try exercises and reflection prompts to help get your brain thinking in new ways before you create
-       Learn practical and easy drawing techniques for self-discovery
-       Explore and take control of your pain through your art
-       Embrace vulnerability, humour, beauty, melancholy and levity
-       Have the opportunity to connect with Mari face to face in an intimate group setting

No previous drawing experience or artistic practice is necessary for this hands-on workshop. All workshop materials, light refreshments and a signed copy of Mari Andrew's debut book, Am I There Yet? are provided on the day. All participants need to bring is an urge to express themselves, resolve personal dilemmas and any materials you are comfortable using with you on the day. There will be class activities but everyone’s art will be kept as private as participants wish. 


6.15pm            Doors Open
6.30pm            Workshop Begins
8.00pm            Workshop Concludes 
8.00pm            Mari Andrew Meet & Greet
8.30pm            Close, Guests Depart

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Mari Andrew will also be joining The School of Life for an exclusive major event, On Growing Up on Wednesday 20 June. For details and to add your name to the waitlist for this sold out event, visit the event page here.

'Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.' 
– Pablo Picasso


Mari Andrew is a writer and illustrator from Seattle, currently living in New York City. On her wildly-popular Instagram account Mari's illustrations explore the comfortingly-relatable and comical complexities of everyday life. 

Her debut book Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood has just been released, cementing her status as the witty and warm older sister, the wise best friend and confidante we all wished we had growing up through our late teens and twenties. Through Am I There Yet?, Mari helps us to feel less alone as we make sense of the tumultuous journey to adulthood. 

Mari's writing and illustrations have appeared in Paste and HelloGiggles.


Workshops and Intensives allow more time for an in-depth exploration of the topic through conversation and activities. Our workshops provide an opportunity to work with leading members of our faculty over the course of a highly structured day.

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Turning Pain Into Art with Mari Andrew


Major Event
When and where:
  • Thu 21 Jun 2018 6.30 – 8.30pm
    The White House, 11 Princes St, St Kilda, VIC 3182

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Full price: $250.00
Concession: $200.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

All workshop materials, light refreshments and a signed copy of Mari Andrew's debut book, Am I There Yet? are provided in the ticket price.


Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original event date.

For ticketing and box office enquiries please call 0434 492 669 or email melbourne@theschooloflife.com.au.