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Friday, August 27, 2010

Great Round of Mandala Workshop

next session Fall: Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 4, 18, Dec. 2 & 16, 2010, 12 CEUs offered
alternate Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
The Archetypal Stages of the
Great Round of Mandala
with Pat Otto
Fee for 3-month session: $125*

Come join our sacred circle - giving yourself all the time and space you need - allowing your creative spirit to bring forth imagery that is full of meaning. The Great Round of Mandala as developed by Joan Kellogg (Mandala: the Path of Beauty, 1984) offers us an archetypal source and structure for our art-making and for self-actualization.

Mandalas, or circle forms, have been used for centuries in spiritual traditions around the world as a focus for meditation, healing and creative expression. As we give ourselves permission to become creatively involved, our experiences deepen, giving our art-making - our creations - an opportunity to evolve, to grow and to make manifest. With the intention of creating mandalas as symbolic reflections of our own personal development in the Great Round - a cyclical pattern of wholeness is generated.

We will devote 2 Thursdays a month for each stage,
starting with Stage 0: Clear Light. And likewise move through the remaining archetypal stages of the cyclical patterns of personal growth: the Void, Bliss, Labyrinth, Beginning, Target, Dragon Fight, Squaring the Circle, Functioning Ego, Crystallization, Gates of Death, Fragmentation, and Transcendent Ecstasy.

The Archetypal Stages of the Great Round of Mandala workshop is for those who wish to move through its cycle of life exploring each stage using art-making as a vehicle for creative expression and reflection of one’s inner and outer worlds. (To see artwork from previous workshops, click Gallery.)

To Register: contact Pat Otto via email at pat.otto@att.net or call 773-577-9870. Workshop is limited to 7 participants, so pre-registration/ payment is advised. Fee for 3-month quarter: $125. *Workshops are divided into 4 quarters of 3 months each: Winter, Spring Summer and Fall.
Winter: Jan. 6, 20, Feb. 3, 17, Mar. 3 & 17, 2011 (Stages 0-1, 2 & 3).
Spring: Apr. 7, 21, May 5, 19, Jun. 2, 16, 2011 (Stages 4, 5 & 6).
Summer: Jul. 7, 21, Aug. 4, 13, Sep. 1, 14, 2011
(Stages 7, 8 & 9).
Fall 2011: TBA (Stages 10, 11 & 12).
Discounts available with advanced payment for all 4 workshops.

Be advised tuition is refundable only if or when a workshop is canceled due to lack of initial enrollment.

12 CEUs are available per quarter for a $15 fee.

Location: Blue Lotus Art Studio, 912 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60202 http://bluelotusartstudio.blogspot.com
See Pat’s website at www.patottoart.com
Please Bring: Journal/ Sketchbook and your favorite pen.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Artist's Way: Fall 2010

September 28-November 2, 2010
6 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, 12 ceus offered.
The Artist's Way:
A Creativity Group

with Pat Otto

You are invited to join our circle and commit to the exploration and development of your own creative gifts - in whatever form they may take. The circle allows each person's creativity to come forth, and nurtures it along the way - from the darkness of conception through the awkwardness of its first steps of moving into the world. Within this supportive atmosphere, we will explore a range of developmental stages through art-making, along with meditation, journaling and sharing.

In making art, we will experience our own unique creative process and gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for its rich significance in our patterns of being. In so doing, we become aware of how our creative process may be reflected in both our artwork and our daily life.

This 6-week workshop is facilitated by artist, art therapist and art educator Patricia Otto and will focus on the first 6 chapters/ themes of Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way: safety, identity, power, integrity, possibility and abundance. A second 6-week workshop follows that will focus on the final 6 chapters of her book: connection, strength, compassion, self-protection, autonomy and faith.
(To see artwork from previous workshop, click Gallery and scroll down to Artist's Way.)

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. There is a $15 fee for CEUs. Visit Pat’s website at www.patottoart.com

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

Please bring: journal or sketchbook and simple art supplies. Some art materials will be available.

~The great artist is wise, All That Is, is in her art, she puts divinity into things, she converses with her own heart.~

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Creative Drawing: Fall 2010

September 28-November 2, 2010
6 Tuesdays 10 am-12 pm, 12 ceus offered
Introduction to, & Continuing
tive Drawing
with Pat Otto

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.

Continuing participants will move into drawing light and energy on black paper based on the skills they have acquired. Color theory will be introduced, with sacred geometry being the format for its exploration and illumination. (To see artwork from previous classes, click Gallery and scroll down to Creative Drawing.)

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. There is a $15 fee for CEUs. Visit Pat’s website at www.patottoart.com
Location: Blue Lotus Art Studio, 912 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60202 http://bluelotusartstudio.blogspot.com

Please bring
  • intro class: 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); and a Pencil Sharpener
  • continuing class: Prismacolor Pencils: #938 White (2), #905 Aquamarine, #930 Magenta, #916 Canary Yellow, #913 Spring Green, #918 Orange, #932 Violet and #935 Black; Black Paper: Strathmore Artagain Black paper pad, or Strathmore Charcoal Paper pad, or Canson Mi-tentes Black Charcoal Paper

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Creativity Class for Women: Fall 2010

Supporting Wellness and Emotional Balance through
Expressive Art and Writing

Facilitated by Joanne Ramseyer, MA, LCPC, ATR

September 19-December 19, 2010

8 Sundays, twice/month, 1-3 pm

Cost: $125.00, 16 CEUs available

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 art materials. Class meets every other Sunday beginning Sept. 19. Please note: there are no make-up sessions for classes missed. Contact Joanne at 847-845-4853 or email joannejram@yahoo.com to register.
912 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL

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.