Monthly Saturday Classes Now Taught On Zoom!

Course Description:

Process Painting is an expressive arts therapy modality and a vehicle for self-exploration. It focuses on process (inner journey) rather than on product (the painting) and it does not require that participants have any prior experience with art. With roots in experiential psychotherapies, Zen, Gestalt psychology, and expressive arts therapy, it is a method for learning about oneself, and a way to connect with one’s innate source of creativity.

The process helps us contact our inner blocks to creativity and develop trust in ourselves and in the moment. With expanded self-awareness we gain confidence in our unique unfolding, leading us to more self-acceptance and a quieting of the inner critic. We then can play, have fun, invent, and take risks on the canvas.

In a supportive and encouraging environment you will have an opportunity to connect with your intuitive inner voice, playfulness, and with additional freedom of self-expression.

Anyone interested in exploring creativity is welcome.

2020 Monthly Trainings & Workshop Dates:

Contact Maria for workshop dates. CE credit is available for students, trainees, Interns, MFT, LCSW, and LPCC


Process painting workshops will be held between 10:00am and 3:30pm on Saturdays, twice per month starting on the second Saturday of the month. Here is the 2023 workshop schedule. Please note, all workshops are online except Feb. 25.


  • Jan 21
  • Feb 4
  • Feb 25 In-studio
  • March 4
  • March 18
  • April 1
  • April 8
  • April 22
  • May 6
  • May 20
  • June 3
  • June 17

How to Register:

Register soon, enrollment is limited.
Please email Maria prior to sending a payment to ensure placement in class. or

To pay registration, please send a check to
Maria E. Mattioli, MS, MFT
330 Sims Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

CE Credit available for MFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP