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CJ Shelton

  • About

    C.J. Shelton - Dancing Moon Designs

    "Illuminating the Creative Spirit"

    Artist, Instructor & Facilitator -

    The artwork of CJ Shelton reflects the scope of skill and variety that her extensive experience as a technical illustrator, wallpaper and graphic designer have developed.

    For the past 10 years CJ has been fascinated with more intuitive art forms and exploring the therapeutic qualities and benefits of various art processes when combined with alternative health practices. The result have been her visually harmonious mandalas ("mandala" meaning any artwork created in a circular pattern) that take their inspiration from the natural world and blend Celtic and Native elements with the principles of sacred geometry.

    Along with her training in Visual Arts, Illustration at Sheridan College, CJ has also studied a combination of social service work, therapeutic arts facilitation, psychology, counselling and shamanic practices. She now utilizes her skills and artistic abilities to work one-to-one and in small groups facilitating explorations of the creative spirit.

    With the natural world as a focus and through blending teachings, symbolism and images from Celtic, Native and mythological traditions, both CJ’s art and workshops are a magical mix of creativity, fun, meditational relaxation and inspiration.

    CJ also is well known in the area for her expertise as an instructor in a variety of traditional mediums including drawing, watercolour and acrylic painting. CJ runs weekly ongoing drawing and acrylic classes and seasonally themed watercolour sessions about once a month.

    For full details of all CJ's offerings as well as upcoming courses and workshops visit


  • CV


    Sheridan College - Visual Arts, Illustration (Technical), Honours, 1983

    Arscura School for Living Art - Core Studies and Art for Life Program (Art Therapy Facilitation), 2008

    Seneca College - Social Service Work, Honours, 2008

    8th Fire School of Algonquin Shamanism - Traditional Healing and Energy Medicine, 2009



    2011 to present - Full time artist, instructor and independent studio/gallery operator

    2011 to present - Art instructor, The Learning Enterprise, Upper Grand District School Board, Orangeville

    2011 to present - Art instructor, Maggiolly Art Supplies, Orangeville

    2011 to present - Workshop Facilitator, Breakthrough Centre, Brampton

    2010 - Recreation Program Art Instructor, Senior's Meeting Place, Town of Newmarket



    2012 - Soul Stirring Works, Gallery Gemma, Alton Mill

    2012/2011 - Weekend in the Woods, Hockley Valley Resort

    2010/2009 - Newmarket Studio Tour, Town of Newmarket

    2010 - Ontario Artist's Arts Festival, Sharon

    2008/2007/2006 - Arscura School of Living Art Open House, Thornhill

    2002 - Art in the Park Juried Show, Markham

    2001-2003 - Artist in Residence, Sharon Temple National Historic Site, Sharon



    Headwaters Arts
    Dufferin Arts Council
    Orangeville Arts Group



    Currently, over 200 individuals own one of CJ Shelton's original architectural drawings, animal companion portraits and mandala art. Five of her renderings of heritage structures are in the corporate collection of the York Region Real Estate Board.

  • Classes & Workshops


    CJ Shelton offers workshops throughout the year in mandala making, an ancient art form for creating beautiful circular designs and patterns.

    CJ's workshops give you a great overall experience and introduction to mandala making and other fascinating topics including sacred geometry. With CJ's guidance and some simple materials, anyone can learn to create beautiful designs. No artistic experience is necessary.

    Full Workshop Descriptions and Details can be found at

    “Art in the Round” – Mandala Try-It Sessions

    PICK YOUR OWN DAY for two or more people!

    In this fun and relaxing 2-3 hour session learn to create beautiful circular and geometric patterns known as mandalas. Great for couples, families or small groups of friends. No art experience necessary. This is an easy workshop for all ages and abilities.

    TO REGISTER:  Pre-registration is required. Call 519-942-2018 or email


    “Seeing With New Eyes” – DRAWING LESSONS with CJ Shelton

    Pay-as-You-Go  |  Start Anytime

    Every Wednesday and Sunday Afternoon from 1-3 pm in Studio 206

    PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (this is not a drop-in class!)

    COST:  $120 + HST for block of 4 sessions (bring your own art materials)

    Learn the fundamentals of drawing everything ... drawing isn't complicated when you know the tricks. Join CJ in her inspiring studio to discover (or re-discover) the joy of drawing and benefit from her 35+ years of professional experience as an illustrator. Email to register

    ACRYLIC PAINTING Circle – with CJ Shelton

    Pay-as-You-Go  |  Start Anytime

    Every Thursday Morning 10 am to 12 Noon OR Thursday Afternoon from 1-3 pm in Studio 206

    PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (this is not a drop-in class!)

    COST:  $120 + HST for block of 4 sessions (bring your own art materials)

    Enjoy painting in the company of others while learning tradiitonal skills and methods for painting with acyrlics. This option is great for those serious about learning to paint well or looking for assistance and professional guidance with their painting projects. Please note that this is not a "painting party" format ... its way better! CJ will actually teach you HOW to paint well, not to copy! Email to register.


    Sessions are offered approximately once or twice a month with seasonally themed subject matter. Each workshop is a stand-alone class, ideal for both newbies and more advanced to learn fundamental skills and have fun creating a small finished painting in about 3-4 hours. Cost is typically $75 + HST per person and includes all materials.

    For a full schedule of upcoming watercolour workshops with CJ visit her website at

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