Art Workshops, Private Instruction, and Events

Available Workshops

Private Mandala workshop at Emmaus Community Center 2015
*Mandala: An Artful Meditation w/ Stephanie Smith

In Mandala: An Artful Meditation, Stephanie Smith will guide workshop participants through simple rhythmic drawing techniques to create a mandala - a sacred form of circular art which can used as a powerful tool for meditation and creative self expression. 


Stephanie’s ultimate goal is to encourage creativity without fear of judgment and will empower and inspire those to wishing to bring art into their lives via this immediately accessible technique regardless of prior art experience. 

In “Mandala: An Artful Meditation” you will learn:
    •    How to set a safe space to create
    •    Stephanie’s mandala method
    •    Benefits of creating with intention
    •    Creating art without self-judgment
    •    Using mandalas in your journaling
    •    Making mandalas with found objects
    •    Choosing the right art supplies for you & your budget. 
    •    What to do when wish to improve the overall quality of your creations.


All supplies will be provided, and no prior art experience is necessary. This is typically a two hour workshop but can be adapted from 1-3 hours. 

*Stephanie's longest running & most popular workshop since 2008. 

This workshop can be held in my 2nd floor studio #250 at The Banana Factory 25 W. 3rd St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 or at your preferred location.  

*NEW* Creative Team Building Events! 

Do you have a group of non-artists who would like to learn the value of creative thinking and group creative expression? I can work with groups of up to 50 people in a time frame ranging from 1-2 hours in a Mandala Making Workshop. Group Vision Board Workshops are also available and are be best suited for a 2 hour session.

I am flexible and can come to your business or retreat center to teach these workshops. Large rental spaces are also available at the Banana Factory and the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

Please contact me at 484-893-0336 or e-mail stephanie@biffybeans.com for pricing and availability. 

*NEW* Playing with Color: A Creativity Workshop w/ Stephanie Smith 
Working in my color/inspiration books
In Playing with Color, you will use collage techniques and experiment with different art supplies to help you learn about basic color theory and also discover your own preferred color palette.

Some supplies will be provided. No art experience is necessary.

This workshop can be held in my 2nd floor studio #250 at The Banana Factory 25 W. 3rd St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 or at your preferred location.  

*NEW* Choosing the Right Art Supplies for YOU w/ Stephanie Smith
Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils
Would you like to start making art but find yourself overwhelmed by all the available options at the art supply store? Confused by the supply list from your art class?

In "Choosing the Right Art Supplies for YOU", Stephanie will systematically go over the features and benefits of a selection of art materials* for drawing and painting and help you to find which forms of media are best suited to your creative style and budget.

*Typically watercolor paint, acrylic paint, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, graphite pencil, ink pens, artist crayons, brushes, and paper. See some of the materials that Stephanie has tested over the years here. 

This workshop can be held in my 2nd floor studio #250 at The Banana Factory 25 W. 3rd St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 or at your preferred location.  

*NEW* Social Media Marketing for Artists w/ Stephanie Smith 

Stephanie Smith has been utilizing Social Media Networking for her art for over a decade and can help you learn about the features and benefits of sites like Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, Pinterest, and more. Learn simple strategies on how to begin developing your online presence as an artist.

This workshop can be held in my 2nd floor studio #250 at The Banana Factory 25 W. 3rd St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 or at your preferred location.  

*NEW* Blogging for Artists w/ Stephanie Smith 

As a professional blogger with over 1800 posts & 3 million page views, Stephanie Smith will talk about three of the most popular blogging platforms: WordPress, Blogger & Tumblr and offer strategies for developing your personal brand.

This workshop can be held in my 2nd floor studio #250 at The Banana Factory 25 W. 3rd St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 or at your preferred location.  

*NEW* How to Write an Artist Statement w/ Stephanie Smith 

One of the most important tools for self-promotion is the ability to write a concise artist statement AND to be able to modify it for length or content depending on how and where it will be used.

This workshop can be held in my 2nd floor studio #250 at The Banana Factory 25 W. 3rd St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 or at your preferred location.  

2014 Mandala Art Workshop
How to Create a Manifestation Mandala: an Abundance Workshop w/ Stephanie Smith 

The mandala is a sacred form of circular art. The process of mandala making can be a useful tool for focused meditation. 

In “How to Create a Manifestation Mandala” you will learn:
  • Stephanie’s mandala drawing method
  • The benefits of creating with intention
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Visionary practices to help you manifest what you most desire. 
All supplies will be provided, and no prior art experience is necessary. 

This workshop can be held in my 2nd floor studio #250 at The Banana Factory 25 W. 3rd St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 or at your preferred location.  

Creating a Vision Board
Vision Boards: an Abundance Workshop w/ Stephanie Smith 

In addition to learning how to create and use a Vision Board in this workshop, you will also learn visionary practices to help you learn more about what you desire in life.

No art experience necessary. Please bring several magazines and a pair of scissors. All other supplies will be provided.

This workshop can be held in my 2nd floor studio #250 at The Banana Factory 25 W. 3rd St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 or at your preferred location.  
Sailor Sapporo Fountain Pen
How to Create and Use a Manifestation List: an Abundance Workshop w/ Stephanie Smith

What circumstances do you wish to create in your life? In this workshop, you will learn mindfulness practices and tips on how to envision and manifest what you most desire.

Please bring a pen and a notebook.

This workshop can be held in my 2nd floor studio #250 at The Banana Factory 25 W. 3rd St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 or at your preferred location.  
2011 Rhythm Renewal Mandala Workshop
Mindful Creativity: an Abundance Workshop w/ Stephanie Smith

What comes to mind when you think of the word abundance. Is it abundant health? Joy? Energy? Wealth? Employment? Peace? Creativity? Positivity? Success? Blessings? Satisfaction? Whatever abundance means to you, I can offer simple and immediately accessible tools to help move you towards your goals. 

In Mindful Creativity: an Abundance Workshop, you will learn a few simple creative tools which can help you manifest your life's desires such as:
  • Intention setting
  • Creating and using a Personal Mission Statement
  • How to write a Manifestation List
  • How to make a Manifestation Mandala
Bring a pen and a notebook - all other supplies will be provided. No art experience is necessary.

This is typically a three hour group workshop.

This workshop can be held in my 2nd floor studio #250 at The Banana Factory 25 W. 3rd St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 or at your preferred location.   
Stephanie's Mandala Coloring Page
Girl's Night Out! Mandala Coloring w/ Stephanie Smith 

Enjoy a peaceful night of meditative mandala coloring with Stephanie Smith. No drawing experience is necessary, as all mandalas will be pre-printed and hand-drawn by Stephanie. Bring your own colored pencils or use Stephanie's. In addition, Stephanie will offer simple meditative breath exercises and mindfullness practices to help deepen the quality of your experience.

This workshop can be held in my 2nd floor studio #250 at The Banana Factory 25 W. 3rd St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 or at your preferred location.  

If you are interested in having me present a private workshop to your group, Please contact me at 484-893-0336 or e-mail stephanie@biffybeans.com for pricing and availability. 
2015 Mandala Art Lesson w/ Local Girl Scout Troop
2015 Mandala Art Lesson with local Girl Scout Troop

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Interested in Private Instruction? 

I currently have openings for private students and am able to support your creative growth in many different ways. Classes can be repeating or set up as individual consultations.  Classes may be offered in my studio, in your home, or at your preferred location. Video lessons are also available via FaceTime or Skype. 

Please contact me at 484-893-0336 or e-mail stephanie@biffybeans.com to discuss pricing and availability. 

Interested in having me offer an Artist Talk or Presentation to your group? 

I enjoy public speaking and I'd be more than happy to discuss pricing and availability with you. Please contact me at 484-893-0336 or e-mail stephanie@biffybeans.com.
Artist Talk to NCC Fine Art students 2014
2014 Artist Talk with NCC Fine Art Students

Guest Panelist for Lehigh Class
2015 panel discussion with Lehigh University Students (Art Entrepreneurship in the Community)


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To stay updated on my current events: 

**For the most up to date information regarding upcoming workshops, events, etc., please follow my Facebook page: Stephanie Smith's Mandala Art  as some events held in my studio have been announced with short notice and limited participants. 

You may also send an e-mail to stephanie@biffybeans.com to be added to my mailing list for future events.  

Previous Lectures/Workshops: 

Workshop “Mandala: An Artful Meditation” presented to:

• 2015        Community Art Workshop in Emmaus, PA
• 2014        The Swain School, Allentown, PA
• 2011-13   Intro to Art Therapy, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
• 2009-13   The Summer Rhythm Renewal Retreat, Loretto, PA
• 2013         HeART Series, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2012         The Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA
• 2011         South Mountain College, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
• 2010         The Great Rhythm Revival Retreat, Sherman, NY
• 2010         Circle of Trees Retreat, Milford, PA
• 2010         Blue Stone Yoga, Bethlehem, PA
• 2009         Chestnut Hill Church, Coopersburg, PA

Additional Workshops offered privately at The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA:

• 2014-15    “The Creative Path: An Intro to Manifesting Abundance”
• 2014         “Creating a Manifestation Mandala”
• 2012         “Creating a Manifestation List”
• 2012         “Fearless Artmaking"

Workshop: “Tapping the Source: Learning to Access Your Creative Spirit” presented in 2014 w/ Dr. Kell Morton at Triunity Holistic Chiropractic, Allentown, PA

Presentations, Artist Talks, etc.

• 2015          Artist talk, Moravian College Museum Studies Students, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2014-15    Artist talk, Northampton Community College Fine Art Students, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2014-15     Guest Panel Speaker: Art Entrepreneurship in the Community, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
• 2014         Artist Talk, “Metamorphosis” Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
• 2014         Visiting Artist at The Swain School in Allentown, PA (Included student body assemblies and classroom visits)
• 2014         Artist talk, Parkland Art League, Allentown, PA
• 2013         Guest Panel Speaker: Arts Community of Easton (ACE) Information Extravaganza at the State for Artists and Artisans
• 2011         Artist talk, South Mountain College students, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Photos and Student Testimonials

Mandala: An Artful Meditation workshop participants at The Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA
04/13 "Mandala: An Artful Meditation" presented as part of the heART Series at The Banana Factory

"Stephanie is an engaging teacher who has an ability to foster community while teaching a very personal process through artistic expression. She teaches from experience and that adds weight to her words. She also has a great sense of humor!" - Tina Stroh, Founder and Co-owner of just plain yoga studio

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02/10 Private mandala workshop for woman's group.

"Her knowledge of her art is as deep as her ability to transmit that knowledge to people at every level of skill. She is a gifted teacher, a talented artist, and a great person." - Ron Bloch, President, CEO at ELH&W Corporation

Mandala workshop at the Great Rhythm Revival
September 2010 The Great Rhythm Revival Sherman, NY

"Stephanie is an energetic artist and teacher who is inspirational and professional. Stephanie is a great guide and teacher who is easy to understand. Stephanie has a manner of empowering others to discover and use their talents as a manner of self-expression and healing."  - Melissa Cook, Clinician at Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center

04/28/13 Mandala: An Artful Meditation workshop in Bethlehem, PA at The Banana Factory
2013 HeART Series workshop at The Banana Factory in Bethlehem. PA

“Two years ago I took a meditative mandala drawing working shop with Stephanie Smith, and my life changed.  I learned to use mandala drawing as a fun and relaxing meditation activity, since I had great difficulty quieting my mind in a traditional meditative way.  Not only did I enjoy this new creative activity but it open up new doors to how I see the art of mandalas, whether created or existing in nature.” - Heather Rodale, President Healing Through The Arts

Mandala Workshop at the 2010 Summer Rhythm Renewal in Loretto, PA
07/10 Mandala workshop at the Summer Rhythm Renewal in Loretto, PA

"Stephanie is a bold and fearless artist who creates beautiful works of art!  She is also a wonderful teacher, and I have had the privilege to take her mandala workshop several times. Each time, she has lead me to a place where I feel comfortable to express what is deep inside … the place where I am no longer “thinking”, but simply creating. It is such a freeing experience! Thank you Stephanie for being such an inspiring guide!" -Jaqui MacMillan, Drum For Joy!

Jim creating a button mandala
07/10 Mandala workshop at the Summer Rhythm Renewal in Loretto, PA

"Cathartic. Inspirational. Uplifting. These are all words to describe Stephanie Smith's mandala workshop.  Not only did her class facilitate an emotional release for me, but it helped me remember the simple childhood joy of putting crayon to paper.  Thanks to her, my son and I are now drawing together almost every day.  Stephanie makes everyone feel like an artist, and she may just help you transform your life in the process.  I am grateful to her for her help and guidance, and would highly recommend her class." - Kim Cooper

Mandala Class
07/09 Mandala workshop at the Summer Rhythm Renewal in Loretto, PA.

"I had the pleasure of attending Stephanie's mandala workshop during Jim Donovan's Summer Rhythm Renewal this past July... She had a most creative way to allow us to find the creativity within and let go of control. Having a "Type A" personality, and wanting very much to be in control of my art, made this quite challenging. That was a good thing, and Stephanie guided in a way for me to be imaginative and find inspiration for my mandala from within, instead of trying meet an expectation. I received a lot more than my finished mandala that day; I rediscovered my affection for drawing/painting and the creative muse that emerges when I just let go and let my spirit guide me on the journey." - Darlene Ralicki

My Mandala workshop at Circle of Trees Retreat
October 2010 Circle of Trees Women's Retreat Milford, PA

"I wasn't really certain what an afternoon of "doodling" could really tell me about my personality or place in life!  Little did I realize that nary an hour later I'd be staring at some of my biggest strengths...and problems...illustrated in magic marker and colored pencil on the desk before me!  I really enjoyed the workshop and left with a sense of respect for the art of mandala!  Stephanie is a great facilitator and her session is very worthwhile!" -  Kent Tonkin

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02/10 Private mandala workshop for woman's group.

Read: Stephanie Smith: Visionary Artist in Progress from the 2013 Fall Edition of Marketplace Magazine

Read Stephanie's interview as a featured artist on art is fun! about how she got started creating mandalas, her favorite materials to work with and more! 

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