ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.

1. REWARDS & REFERRAL

  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.

2. EARNING ZEN COINS

  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.

3. REDEEMING ZEN COINS

  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.

5. GENERAL

  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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Art and Relationships: Creative Valentine's Date Ideas

Art and Relationships: Creative Valentine's Date Ideas

In this article, I will tackle up how to combine art and relationships in an effective manner. Most artists usually wonder how to have a healthy relationship with their loved ones while living out their true passion. At times, self-love is also overlooked due to the demands of everyday living. However, this shouldn't be the case. We must take care of ourselves first and foremost, then impart this to our families and respective careers. This is a very detailed guide that talks about the importance of having unique Valentine's Date Ideas, and how to incorporate and practice a balanced lifestyle with your other half on this special day. Read on!

 

The true purpose of Valentine's Day

Every February 14, candies, chocolates, flowers, and gifts are being exchanged between loved ones all around the world in celebration of Valentine's Day. This day is a perfect opportunity to remind our loved ones of how much we love and appreciate them. Aside from gift-giving, couples usually go on romantic Valentine's dates while families go on trips or special events.

In this age of fast-paced media and disposable smartphones, maintaining healthy relationships with our loved ones can get challenging. Somehow, the modernisation of society has led us to lose touch with our surroundings. It has caused one of the pillars of our lives - our personal connections with people - to suffer. These days, social media is now the go-to platform when you want to know the latest milestone in your friend's life. Conversation through text messages triumphs over person-to-person communication. We are always rushing towards the future, and before we know it - the best years of our lives have passed by right before our eyes. We forget that at the end of the day, what remains with us are the meaningful and healthy relationships we had and the genuine connections that we made with people.

 

Valentine's Day is a special occasion that was indeed created to put this practice of appreciation into actual action.

 

Duke of Orleans Letter to his wife

Handwritten letter of Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife, written in 1415 while he was in prison

 

The importance of Valentine's Day

During the Middle Ages, it was believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season. This added to the idea that the middle of Valentine's Day should be a day for romance!

 

Here's a trivia: The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England). Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois!

 

Now, more than ever - it is important to look back at our traditions. In our quest for building and maintaining healthy relationships, giving importance to special occasions like Valentine's Day by starting to come up with Valentine's date ideas can help us move forward toward a better and progressive life with our loved ones. Getting into the habit of spending time with family and friends not only increases intimacy but also leads to strong and healthy relationships.

 

This also applies to anyone we would like to build a bond with or old friends and acquaintances whose presence we want back in our lives. When we actively set aside time dedicated to them, we are making mindful choices and decisions that will have a lasting impact on our lives. This is a way of building strong foundations and wonderful memories that we can always look back on with smiles on our faces.

 

Let us also take this opportunity to listen to our inner voice, and attend to our personal needs. With the hustle and bustle of life, we not only lose time for our families and friends; we also tend to forget taking care of ourselves. Spending time doing hobbies and activities that give us joy increases the healthy hormones inside of us. It encourages a healthier mental state and better emotional well-being. When we listen to our personal needs, we take care of the most important person in our life: our own self. Valentine's Day is a good chance to start putting this habit into practice!

 

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Art in humans

Since time immemorial, art has been deeply embedded in our culture. In fact, art-making may very well be one of the first instincts we have ever developed as humans. In this article where I discussed everything about the color red - from its meaning across cultures to its practical usage, we stated an example of one of the oldest forms of art found by historians. It is a painting of a bison executed using a red ochre pigment, painted on the cave walls of Altamira, Spain. The earliest paintings were applied during the Upper Paleolithic, dating back to around 36,000 years ago.

 

Art is a huge part of the human race. Though it differs from our cultures diversify, it shapes our ideas as people. It provides us with a deeper understanding of our emotions and is a reflection of the society we live in. Art speaks in a universal language that is meant to touch the heart of any viewer.

Bison Painting - UNESCO World Heritage, Cave of Altamira, Spain

 

"Neurodevelopment guru Bruce Perry notes that arts and play are part of every culture to some extent, are familiar to all and are associated with neurologically normalizing aspects of life. Dissanayake also observes that human survival is related to the arts. For example, groups who make things special via the arts have more unifying interactions and ceremonies. In earlier times in human history, these groups were able to survive longer on the whole than those who did not engage in using arts in this way." - Cathy Malchiodi, Art Therapist

 

Many people fail to realise how important art is and how it impacts their daily life! The media we watch, the content we consume on our smartphones, the music we play in the car, and the latest movie we watched -- All these things are forms of art. We use it, but we don't realize how much we rely on it. When we let ourselves inside the different worlds of art, our mental health and well-being are positively affected.

 

Art's role in healthy relationships

Here are some (out of countless!) ways on how art affects our own personal well-being, as well as our interpersonal relationships -- in a positive way:

 

1. ART ENGAGES OUR SENSES

Through basic science, we learned that we use our five senses to see, feel, smell, taste and hear. Doing different art-related activities allow us to make good use of all five of them. Since our bodies are built to move, locomotion and engagement lead to health-giving benefits. To state a few examples of art-related activities:

Sight - Painting

Touch - Sculpting

Smell - Perfume-making

Taste - Cooking

Hear - Playing music

Sharing the process of creation with someone else, especially with someone we love, creates a ripple effect of positivity in us. It allows us to become more mindful of the things that we do. This is one of the pillars of ZenART -- Mindfulness in art. Art therapy research supports the theory that engaging our senses through the arts has a powerful effect on our body, mind, and perception -- leading to healthy relationships in the long run.

2. ART ENHANCES COMMUNITY

Art needs to be engaging. The process of creating it, the experience of viewing it, and the feeling you get from these instances are very important. When we allow others to experience our art, we give them a chance to look through our inner selves. Openness without the need for words stimulates camaraderie, too. Having people together with us in the form of friends, family, and acquaintances is a modern psychological concept of social support. It is a widely accepted key factor for resilience  When we act in concert to share a cultural experience through art, it is often to gather together to celebrate or commemorate life and society's important issues.

Do you have a network of artist friends that you usually interact with? Having a support system in your art-making can make tremendous positive changes in the way you create your works. You build a healthy relationship with each other, and they inspire you and motivate you to become better. In the same way, you can also encourage them in their craft.

If you want to expand your artist network and make new friends who are interested in the same things as you, join Zen ART's artist community here and find like-minded people who are in the pursuit of living better!

artists discussing painting on easel at art school

Always remember: Art is a universal language that transcends all cultures and dialects. When we speak in the language of art, we reach out to more people, we share more love, build healthy relationships, and bring more joy to the world around us.

3. ART IS THERAPEUTIC

As we create art and build healthy relationships, we simultaneously affect our personal health and state of mind. Research finds that making art together in community art programs, engaging in dance and music groups, etc. are important factors in psychological and physical recovery. It underlines the importance of art in our personal well-being, as a form of non-verbal communication. It is not only understandable to all but also has the potential to help individuals of all ages in healing.

One of Zen ART's featured artists, Anna Koliadych of @dearannart believes that art-making is therapeutic for us. To quote, "Of course, art and creativity have healing abilities. Painting helps me get to know my inner-self and express my feelings more. This blessing is, in fact, available to everyone. Since I started painting, I began seeing the world differently - everything around me - colours, shapes, light. Each and every detail around me became exciting and vital. For me, this is the most potent source of inspiration. A walk in the forest or even just the park can be a fantastic journey. The longer I paint, the more mindful I become." You can read the rest of her interview article here!

 

@dearannart floral watercolor artist - Watercolor wreath

Featuring one of @dearannart's watercolour works using ZenART Supplies Turner Collection brushes

According to art therapists, "art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals" - AATA, 2017.

Creative Valentine's Date Ideas for Couples

Given the importance of art in our lives and in having healthy relationships, we now understand how creating works of art with someone that we love can add to our development of lives. When we practice this, it will add up to the long-term health benefits of art in our lives. If you want to know more on how to delegate your time wisely so you can allocate more time for your loved ones and for yourself, create a Vision Board that will remind you of your life priorities.

With that, we have provided you with a rundown on a few unique and creative Valentine's date ideas to do on February 14th! If you haven't thought of something special to do just yet,  prepare to indulge yourself in these creative activities around London and New York. Surely, you will find new interesting things about your partner in the process of art-making. How exciting!

If you don't live in one of those cities, simply do a little Google search of the upcoming events for Valentine's day around your area, and surely you will find tons of interesting and creative activities as well!

1. Take up painting lessons

You can finally take out those paints and brushes, and get back to painting again! This way, you will be able to interact with each other while sharing your techniques on creating a pretty composition through your own style. Finishing a piece of artwork by yourself is very satisfying to the mind and soul. Sharing it with a loved one? Well, that's something else!

London: Romantic Couples Painting for Valentine's Day at Liberte Concept - Studio 249

Their statement: "Whether it's a first date or the 30th date, sometimes dinner or drinks just won't cut it. So we are offering something uniquely different to a typical night out. Spend a romantic evening creating a very personal piece of artwork with your date or partner by your side at our modern painting studio." - Check it out here

NYC: Valentine's Day Couples Painting Class at The Art Studio NY

Their statement: "Uncork your creative expression with your sweetie in this romantic NYC Valentine's Day date to be remembered! Enjoy unlimited inspiration as you connect as a couple, re-spark your inner-artists, and create a be-you-tiful painting to hang in your home. During just one date night!" - Check it out here. 

Different brushes from the ZenART Supplies Renoir Collection. Semi-stiff badger & 30% synthetic mix brushes for distinctive strokes & blending, stiff chungking hog bristles for base coats & texture. The natural fibres are long-lasting, easy to clean and hold their shape. 

On that day, it doesn't hurt to be extra prepared with good quality materials! Take your Valentine's date idea to the next level by bringing the perfect brushes made especially for your favourite medium. The Renoir Collection, a 14-piece professional brush set by Zen ART Supplies and the Filbert Artists' Choice (6-piece brush set) can be used for both oil and acrylic paints. On the other hand, if you're looking into working with watercolours, you may choose from either the Turner Collection -- also a 14-piece squirrel mix professional watercolour brush set, or the Black Tulip Collection, an essential 6-piece collection.

2. Watch classic art films

Take your movie night up a few notches higher and immerse yourself in a creative film experience! In London, enjoy a romantic movie night in the pop-up cinema to be held at Rivoli Ballroom -- the only 1950's classic ballroom left standing in London. What's even more exciting is that you will watch the most epic love story of all: Romeo and Juliet! In New York, the Angelika Film Center in Soho is infamous for showing both local and international independent films. Have a laid-back romantic night and appreciate one-of-a-kind films with your loved one. How unique is this Valentine's date idea?

 

London: Pop-up cinema at Rivoli Ballroom

Their statement: "Feeling loved up yet! join us to get in the lovey-dovey mood for Valentine's day, where we will be screening rom-com classics as part of our valentines pop up. Showing 90's version of Romeo & Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann. All set in an iconic London gem, The Rivoli Ballroom, which has featured in many films itself such as Tom Hardy's Legend, The Avengers Age of Ultron, The Muppets, Brad Pitt's Spy Game. The Rivoli is steeped in history and original features. Doors open 8 pm, We will have two bars open serving British Ale, Ciders, Draft beer, Wines, as well as serving Hot Dogs, popcorn, and Ice cream, and cocktails not to forget them!". - Check it out here.

Rivoli Ballroom London

The beautiful Rivoli Ballroom in London

NYC: Q&A with a film director/writer at Angelika Film Center

Their statement: "Movie dates are a tried-and-true classic and a great way to end the day, but in New York, you can give yours an interesting twist! At the Angelika Film Center in Soho, you can see a variety of independent and foreign films, plus occasional Q&As with directors and film stars! The Angelika is also a quaint caf'e. If you still have room after dinner, why not skip the popcorn and grab a macaron or a croissant to enjoy with your movie?" - Check them out here.

3. Enjoy a romantic museum night

Though it can be intimidating for some, museums are actually a place of comfort and knowledge. You can trace back your history through paintings, and observe how we have evolved as a people through the use of symbolism in contemporary art. Share opinions, trivia, and learn a thing or two on a romantic night of art-viewing and interactive tours in your favourite museums. Meet people and engage in mindful discussions throughout the night!

London: Film Location Tour at Somerset House

Their statement: "From The Duchess to X-Men: find out more about film locations at Somerset House. Visit places that have at one time been turned into sinister Victorian backstreets, an asylum and a grand palace courtyard. Enjoy this exclusive tour before taking away an indulgent Valentines treat of your own." - Check them out here.

NYC: Exclusive tour around MoMa/ Valentine Tours 2020

Their statement: "Join us for a special MoMA tradition, celebrating Valentine's Day in one of New York's most romantic settings. Upon arrival, enjoy a candlelit reception featuring wine and savory bites. Before embarking on a private group tour, you and your valentine will receive a sweet treat-all after the Museum has closed to the public. Led by a dynamic, engaging guide, you'll encounter old loves and new favorites in our collection, including a visit to admire Kerstin Br"atsch's installation Fossil Psychics for Christa, commissioned on the occasion of MoMA's 2019 reopening. You'll be sure to impress your valentine with this unforgettable evening at MoMA." - Check them out here. 

Henri Matisse. The Heart (Le Coeur) from Jazz.

Henri Matisse. The Heart (Le Coeur) from Jazz, 1947. H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

4. Listen to love poems at a poetry reading

Poetry is one of the finest forms of art. Like painting and music, writing is an art language in itself that conveys the artist's desired message in a unique manner. It gives the artist the freedom to speak on his own accord and encourages communication through the written word -- one key to a healthy relationship.  When done well, good poetry can take you places and open up worlds in your mind. Enjoy a night listening to spoken poetry as the writers read their works in front of an audience. They know best on how to get their message across, so it will surely be a worthwhile experience!

London: Love Poetry of London Walk from St. Paul's Cathedral

Their statement: "Feel the beat of your life and the rhythms of London's changing history. Enjoy the fine architecture and discover a new way of looking at an old Roman city. Let lavish love poetry roll out through the centuries of London's history around this glorious and breathtaking dome and give you a fresh place to stand. Readout your own lines or let the work of others capture you." - Check them out here.

NYC: THERAPY Poetry Sessions at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Their statement: "Join us Valentine's Day for another exciting evening of poetry and community brought to you by Nuyorican Poetry Slam Champion, Jaime Lee Lewis. The perfect way to spend Valentine's Day, this event features artists whose works celebrate the shared human experience, and explore the beauty of emotions, relationships, identity, and love." - Check them out here.

 

5. Learn a new skill with a cooking + crafting session

As I've stated above, one of the benefits of art-making is that it makes good use of our five senses. In an interesting cooking and crafting session, you and your loved one will get in touch with your creative side through the use of sight, smell, and touch. Experimentation is also a good chance to get to know your loved ones more, and this is an essential key in building healthy relationships. You don't necessarily have to be an expert in the kitchen to join this Valentine's date idea! By joining these classes, you will be taught how to make artisan chocolates and some very special mouthwatering dishes. 

Cooking up healthy food in a cooking class

Around London: Gorgeous Chocolate! Valentine's Day Cooking Class at Cook With Janie, Pinehill

Their statement: "Chocolate, everyone's favourite ingredient! And with February being the month of Valentine's Day, chocolate is definitely on the menu. Join Janie Turner, chocolate expert and author of the recipe book "I Love Chocolate I Love Thermomix", as she teaches you how to create delicious chocolate snacks and desserts. Some are even healthy!" - Check them out here: here.

NYC: My Cooking Party: Valentine's Day Cooking

Their statement: "Come and celebrate the warm & fuzzy feeling of love in our beautiful New York City culinary loft. We will drink, snack, mingle, chop, sear, and flamb'e our way into your hearts...whilst filling your bellies! Do your partner a favour and avoid the sub-par restaurant experience this February 14th. Instead, participate in our fun & engaging extravaganza. As always at MCP, it's more than a romantic couple cooking class, it's a Valentine's Day Party!" - Check them out here

 

6. Practice some yoga and meditation

Yoga for couples is not a mere exercise and meditation activity. When you merge your practise with another's, you fall into sync with that person. Everything in you finds a balance and move in rhythm with each other. It challenges your balance, strength, and flexibility while requiring trust from the other. Some of the most intimate, fulfilling, and healthy relationships are found through practising yoga with your loved one. It creates unity, builds intimacy, and encourages happiness.

London: Valentine's Day Partner Yoga at theLodge.space

Their statement: "Starting out as the park keepers lodge for the neighbouring park, we've taken the space on a journey to become a home for health, mindfulness and wellbeing. We offer a calm beautiful environment to escape from the noise of London. Join us for our couple partner yoga session and massage + a three-course dinner with music." - Check them out here.

NYC: Valentine's Vinyasa at the Mill

Their statement: "Join us this Valentine's Day for a fun-filled Partner Yoga class. A great way to celebrate this day of connection by partnering up to practice yoga. In this workshop we will learn to support each other in poses aligning our bodies, creating balance and becoming present. No experience necessary; this workshop is for newbies and experienced yogis alike." - Check them out here

Valentine's Date Ideas for Family and Friends

If you just want to stay at home with your family and loved ones, or just relax and take some time for yourself, don't fret! Going outside is not necessary in order to enjoy your Valentine's day celebration. You might want to stay away from the traffic, or just relax and unwind with your loved ones at home. In any case, having a creative day is still possible! Here are some very fun Valentine's date ideas for activities you can do as a couple, as a family, or as a group of friends.

 

1. Bake heart-shaped cupcakes and cookies

2. Create Valentine's Day greeting cards

3. Leave love notes all over the house

4. Surprise your family with home-cooked meal and flowers

5. Have a Valentine movie marathon!

6. Craft paper flowers

7. Visit a nursing home

8. Enjoy an Afternoon tea

9. Play a Valentine-themed crossword game

10. Make a list of things to be grateful for.

Boozy Tea Party Afternoon Tea - Valentine's Date Ideas

A reminder of love 

The last point is something that we ought to do on a regular basis. Reminding ourselves that we should practice self-love and be grateful for our life; being with our loved ones is a way of honouring them and appreciating their presence, leading to healthy relationships ahead. This practice is also included in the Visual Board making that I talked about before. 

As we continue to journey a fast-paced life, moments of quick decisions and fragmented thoughts, art allows every moment memorable. Understanding our emotions can help us heal, grow and improve ourselves. Increasing our self-awareness through art can lead to more success both personally and professionally.

In creating and experiencing art together with our loved ones, we allow them to see a deeper, more special part of us that's not usually seen on the surface. We share a private special place with them, and we allow ourselves to communicate through our creative language. This leads us to see the world in a better light, have a more joyful disposition, and create healthy relationships. We go into unison and connect with each other as we indulge in the experience of creating our own masterpieces. This truly is the most fulfilling part of the creation of art.

Young female maker ceramics working with clay and creating a shape of ceramic objects. Top view of pottery making.

Art can make a community more beautiful. It also makes the places we go to and spend time in more interesting. Through art, we gain a better understanding of cultures, history and tradition; as well as help the people in the present weave their own today.

Today, and every other day, let us remember to practice the sharing of love through the use of art!


What about you? How are you going to celebrate your Valentine's Date? Which of the creative valentine's date ideas mentioned above is your favourite one? Do you think these activities may be useful in maintaining a healthy relationship? If you have any comments or suggestions at all, let me know in the comments section below! I am all ears!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ardak Kassenova, ZenART Supplies co-founder, @ardak_zenart

Ardak Kassenova is mother, artist and ZenART Supplies co-founder. "My heart and soul were always with Art, and since my childhood as long as I remember myself, I was dreaming to be an artist. I was painting after work, when I had time, and teaching myself through the books, videos, visiting art galleries and museums. I've been very curious about different techniques and styles, and therefore accumulated knowledge and experience on a variety of mediums". 

After 20 years of a successful corporate career and with becoming a mother to two wonderful girls, she decided that it's time to make drastic changes and link her life with Art. She started to paint again and decided to create her own art supplies brand that would help artists to fulfil their creative dreams and achieve their best results since the beginning using high-quality art materials without wasting their precious time and money. Say hello to @ardak_zenart on Instagram!


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