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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Great Round of Mandala Workshop - part 1

The Great Round of Mandala Workshop - Part I*
with Pat Otto, ATR-BC, LCPC

6 Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

May 20-June 24, 2010

$125 fee

Be guided through relaxation and creative exercises, allowing spontaneous imagery to come forth as you begin your own unique creative act of mandala-making. Mandalas have been used for centuries in spiritual traditions around the world as a focus for meditation, healing and creative self-expression. In this workshop, we will reference The Archetypal Stages of the Great Round of Mandala as developed by Joan Kellogg (Mandala: the Path of Beauty, 1984) as a source and structure for self-actualization. Using art-making exercises and materials relevant to the Archetypal Stages, we will bring forth mandalas as symbolic reflections of our own personal development in the Great Round - the cyclical pattern of wholeness.

The ability to use art in a contemplative manner and as a tool for increasing self-expression and insight will be emphasized. No previous art experience is necessary and some art supplies will be available. There is no need to read the book, handouts will be provided as needed.

*This Workshop is divided into two 6-week sessions to accommodate all 12 Archetypal Stages of the Great Round Mandala, which includes the following designations for its cyclical pattern of personal growth: Void, Bliss, Labyrinth, Beginning, Target, Dragon Fight, Squaring the Circle, Functioning Ego, Crystallization, Gates of Death, Fragmentation, and Transcendent Ecstasy.

To Register: contact Pat Otto via email at pat.otto@att.net or call 773-577-9870. Workshop is limited to 8 participants, therefore pre-registration/ payment is advised. Visit Pat’s website at http://www.patottoart.com/

Location: Blue Lotus Art Studio, 912 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60202 http://bluelotusartstudio.blogspot.com/

Please Bring: Journal/ Sketchbook, your favorite pen, and simple art supplies.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Creative Drawing with Pat Otto
5 Tuesdays from 10:00 am-12 noon
April 27 - May 25, 2010
$100 total fee (or $25 per session)

Do you ever wish you had stronger technical skills to bring to your creative process? This is the class for you! Art therapist and drawing instructor Pat Otto provides a structure for the creative impulse to build upon and grow, teaching a greater vocabulary for self-expression by guiding participants through exercises on the basic fundamentals of art (such as line, value, form, shape, composition). Non-traditional, meditative drawing tasks are given to stimulate the imagination as well as demonstrate the basic concepts. For beginners and those with experience in the creative arts.

To Register: contact Pat Otto via email at pat.otto@att.net, or call 773-577-9870. Please note pre-registration/ payment is requested to hold your place as class size is limited to 8.

Please bring: Graphite Drawing Pencils: 2B, 4B, 6B, HB, 2H, 4H and 6H; Drawing or Sketching Paper Pad (18 x 24 inches); Eraser (Art Gum, Kneaded, Pink Pearl or plastic); & a Pencil Sharpener

Visit Pat’s website at www.patottoart.com/

Happy Drawing!