The Malort – more than a place to paint

We all need a sheltered and creative space without evaluation, without admiration and without the need to explain ourselves. In the Malort you will find attentive help but no art instruction, artistic examples or ideals. The Malort has clear structures which help us to get rid of fears and obstacles and which allows us to paint more freely and spontaneously.

Creative education

Arno Stern is the founder of the painting game. He has been teaching the painting game to people of all ages for over 65 years. He has his own studio in Paris called 'Le Closlieu' and he is still practicing and teaching the painting game on an almost daily basis.

As it is well put on his website 'Arno Stern has liberated painting from the limits of communication. In creating the Closlieu, he made previously-incommunicable Expression possible.' His theories about painting without evaluation are spreading rapidly and they have become an important influence on art education and education itself. All the painting game instructors at the Malort Sternstunden have been taught by Arno Stern himself.

The essence of the painting game is that it is about playing. This means that the focus lies on the present, the moment of painting, not on the picture as a product or an end result. The painted picture is not supposed to be evaluated, commented on or  interpreted. The painters in the Malort are learning to free themselves from the comments, judgements and interpretations of others. As Arno Stern explains it, only if the picture doesn't have an extrinsic objective, it can derive from an inner necessity.

As painters in the Malort we learn to slow down, focus on the moment and trust our own abilities. Far away from our stressful and performance-oriented daily lives, we are able see, feel and follow our very own path. The painting game offers us a way to an unexpected source of creativity and inner peace.

In order to ensure a reasonable balance to our stressful lives, it is advised to visit the painting game on a regular basis. As part of your application, you will receive an individual appointment in the Malort Sternstunden where you will be given all necessary informations regarding the painting game.

Why paint?

Because we used to like painting when we where children.
Because somewhere along the way we stopped painting and we started to believe that we were unable to do it.
Because painting is a very natural and important form of expression.
Because we all have the desire to leave a trace.
Because the ability to paint is directly linked to the pleasure of painting.
Because we do not want to rob our children of this game and their ability to paint.
Because it is important to listen to our inner world.
Because painting offers us a way to realize ourselves.
Because the painting game relaxes and enables us to slow down.
Because it nurtures fine motor skills and concentration.

Who we are

Maya Wiesel

Maya Wiesel

In Juli 2013 I took part in the intensive training classes for the painting-game profession by Arno Stern in Paris. The training itself, the time spent in Arno Sterns painting studio the Closlieu as well as encountering Arno Stern himself were magic moment. Arno Sterns attitude toward childhood and to life, struck a cord with me, especially as a mother. I was convinced that more places like the Closlieu, more manifestations of a tolerant and appreciative mindset and more room to stop and listen to our inner selves were desperately needed in our world.

In the spring of 2014, I found a very welcoming and bright space, the perfect premises to realize the Malort Sternstunden in Frankfurt. Since then, the Malort has grown to a wonderful place of rest, serenity and unexpected creativity. In the Malort Sternstunden practitioners of the painting game can find inspiration, encouragement and assistance to realize their potential.

Academic training:
BA Social Anthropology, University of London, UK
MA Medical Anthropology, University of London, UK

Charlotte Löbner

Charlotte Löbner

In the summer of 2015 I encountered the painting game concept. At first I just wanted to get to know the game and I started painting at the Malort Sternstunden. Being a graphic designer, it was hard for me to paint without judging and assessing the pictures. However, at the same time it was exactly what was important to me. I knew that painting without a goal and a purpose had not only surprised and astonished me but that it had made me happy in the past. The signs and pictures which appear from the unconscious – if you let them appear without judging them – are very powerful if they shine back at you.

In the summer of 2016 I wanted to know more about this phenomenon and I completed the intensive training class for the painting-game profession by Arno Stern. Everything I saw and experienced there confirmed my belief that there lies a cosmos of pictures in every human being, waiting to be awakened and expressed by the painting game. The sheltered space of the Malort is perfect for every person to find oneself. Without being distracted or being judged and without other peoples interpretations, everyone can follow his/her own path to powerful pictures. I am very happy that I now have the opportunity to support practitioners of the painting game during their expedition.

Academic training:
Graduate Diploma in Communication-Design, Hochschule Mainz

Pinsel Sternstunden

The Malort – more than a place to paint

We all need a sheltered and creative space without evaluation, without admiration and without the need to explain ourselves. In the Malort you will find attentive help but no art instruction, artistic examples or ideals. The Malort has clear structures which help us to get rid of fears and obstacles and which allows us to paint more freely and spontaneously.

Malort Sternstunden

Creative education

Arno Stern is the founder of the painting game. He has been teaching the painting game to people of all ages for over 65 years. He has his own studio in Paris called 'Le Closlieu' and he is still practicing and teaching the painting game on an almost daily basis.

As it is well put on his website 'Arno Stern has liberated painting from the limits of communication. In creating the Closlieu, he made previously-incommunicable Expression possible.' His theories about painting without evaluation are spreading rapidly and they have become an important influence on art education and education itself. All the painting game instructors at the Malort Sternstunden have been taught by Arno Stern himself.

The essence of the painting game is that it is about playing. This means that the focus lies on the present, the moment of painting, not on the picture as a product or an end result. The painted picture is not supposed to be evaluated, commented on or  interpreted. The painters in the Malort are learning to free themselves from the comments, judgements and interpretations of others. As Arno Stern explains it, only if the picture doesn't have an extrinsic objective, it can derive from an inner necessity.

As painters in the Malort we learn to slow down, focus on the moment and trust our own abilities. Far away from our stressful and performance-oriented daily lives, we are able see, feel and follow our very own path. The painting game offers us a way to an unexpected source of creativity and inner peace.

In order to ensure a reasonable balance to our stressful lives, it is advised to visit the painting game on a regular basis. As part of your application, you will receive an individual appointment in the Malort Sternstunden where you will be given all necessary informations regarding the painting game.

Kinder beim malen an der Wand

Why paint?

Because we used to like painting when we where children.
Because somewhere along the way we stopped painting and we started to believe that we were unable to do it.
Because painting is a very natural and important form of expression.
Because we all have the desire to leave a trace.
Because the ability to paint is directly linked to the pleasure of painting.
Because we do not want to rob our children of this game and their ability to paint.
Because it is important to listen to our inner world.
Because painting offers us a way to realize ourselves.
Because the painting game relaxes and enables us to slow down.
Because it nurtures fine motor skills and concentration.

Who we are

Maya Wiesel

Maya Wiesel

In Juli 2013 I took part in the intensive training classes for the painting-game profession by Arno Stern in Paris. The training itself, the time spent in Arno Sterns painting studio the Closlieu as well as encountering Arno Stern himself were magic moment. Arno Sterns attitude toward childhood and to life, struck a cord with me, especially as a mother. I was convinced that more places like the Closlieu, more manifestations of a tolerant and appreciative mindset and more room to stop and listen to our inner selves were desperately needed in our world.

In the spring of 2014, I found a very welcoming and bright space, the perfect premises to realize the Malort Sternstunden in Frankfurt. Since then, the Malort has grown to a wonderful place of rest, serenity and unexpected creativity. In the Malort Sternstunden practitioners of the painting game can find inspiration, encouragement and assistance to realize their potential.

Academic training:
BA Social Anthropology, University of London, UK
MA Medical Anthropology, University of London, UK

Charlotte Löbner

Charlotte Löbner

In the summer of 2015 I encountered the painting game concept. At first I just wanted to get to know the game and I started painting at the Malort Sternstunden. Being a graphic designer, it was hard for me to paint without judging and assessing the pictures. However, at the same time it was exactly what was important to me. I knew that painting without a goal and a purpose had not only surprised and astonished me but that it had made me happy in the past. The signs and pictures which appear from the unconscious – if you let them appear without judging them – are very powerful if they shine back at you.

In the summer of 2016 I wanted to know more about this phenomenon and I completed the intensive training class for the painting-game profession by Arno Stern. Everything I saw and experienced there confirmed my belief that there lies a cosmos of pictures in every human being, waiting to be awakened and expressed by the painting game. The sheltered space of the Malort is perfect for every person to find oneself. Without being distracted or being judged and without other peoples interpretations, everyone can follow his/her own path to powerful pictures. I am very happy that I now have the opportunity to support practitioners of the painting game during their expedition.

Academic training:
Graduate Diploma in Communication-Design, Hochschule Mainz