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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Creating Mandalas with Universal Shapes

Sunday, September 12, 2010
12:30 to 3:30 pm

with Pat Otto, ATR-BC, LCPC

$40 before 9-8-10, $50 after
CEUs: 3

Mandalas, or circle forms, are often depicted with geometric designs that are recognized throughout time and by all cultures. These five shapes are universal: the circle, cross, spiral, triangle, and square. As archetypal symbols, each universal shape carries its own meaning.

By creating mandalas using the universal shapes as a practice, we may better understand the connection between how the meaning attributed to each shape also stands for a process of human growth and development. Referencing Angeles Arrien's The Signs of Life, we will discover our preferred universal shapes at this time in our life, and begin our own mandala practice.

No previous art experience is necessary. Please bring a sketchbook or journal and favorite pen/pencil.
Art materials will be available.

To register for Creating Mandalas with Universal Shapes please go to www.cgjungcenter.org or call 847-475-4848 x 221. There is a $15 fee for CEUs


Held at Blue Lotus Art Studio 912 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL 60202




A Creativity Class for Women: Fall 2010
Supporting Wellness and Emotional Balance through
Expressive Art and Writing

Facilitated by Joanne Ramseyer, MA, LCPC, ATR

August 18-December 1, 2010

(No Class 11-24) $125

8 Wednesdays, every other week, 6-8pm


Women readily nurture others in their many roles but often feel too depleted or guilty to consistently nurture their own creative interests, strengths and supportive connections. In this class, expressive art and writing activities, along with exploration of mindfulness techniques, will be taught as tools for supporting women’s emotional, relational and physical well-being. These tools will be used to strengthen understanding of the transformative metaphors of the creative process and explore obstacles that block women’s use of creativity as an on-going resource for restoring emotional balance and wellness. Visual imagery and themes related to personal and professional roles will also be explored to increase awareness of individual and cultural messages that impact women’s self-esteem and identity. A wide range of expressive art materials and methods will be taught to those who wish to increase their comfort level using creative arts techniques as a source of self-discovery in their personal or professional lives. Class members will be encouraged to share readings and other resources related to creative expression and wellness topics. Please dress for mess!


Fee includes a large selection of basic art materials. Class meets every other Wed. beginning August 18. Please note: there are no make-up sessions for classes missed and no class scheduled for November 24. Contact Joanne at 847-845-4853 or email joannejram@yahoo.com to register. BLUE LOTUS ART STUDIO, 912 Sherman Ave., Evanston


Joanne Ramseyer, ATR, LCPC, is an artist, educator and art therapist with extensive experience facilitating expressive arts activities for all ages. Joanne is on the adjunct faculty of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University and is the Director of Blue Lotus Art Studio in Evanston, IL. Joanne has taught classes and workshops on many topics, including the creative process and artistic development; art, nature and spirituality; exploring fairy tales and myths through art and story writing; group art therapy and the role of women’s creativity in trauma recovery.