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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Archetypal Stages of the Great Round Mandala -

Ashes from Stage 6 Dragon Fight
Spring 2011 (Stages 4, 5, & 6)
6 alternate Thursdays: Apr. 14, 28, May 10, 28, June 9 & 23
 choose either:
1:30-3:30 pm  -or-  6:30-8:30 pm
with Pat Otto
Fee for 3-month session: $125* 12 CEUs

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 at Stage 0: Clear Light. And move through 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, with priority given to current workshop participants, therefore pre-registration/ payment is required. Groups fill quickly and in advance. Waiting lists are available. Fee for 3-month quarter: $125. 12 CEUs are available per quarter for a $15 fee.

*Workshops are divided into 4 quarters of 3 months each: Winter, Spring Summer and Fall.
Winter 2011:
Jan. 6, 20, Feb. 3, 17, Mar. 3 & 17 (Stages 0-1, 2 & 3).
Spring 2011: Apr. 14, 28, May 12, 26, Jun. 9, 23 (Stages 4, 5 & 6).
Summer 2011: Jul. 7, 21, Aug. 4, 13, Sep. 1, 14
(Stages 7, 8 & 9).
Fall 2011: Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3, 17, Dec.1, 15 (Stages 10, 11 & 12).
Be advised tuition is refundable only if or when a workshop is canceled due to lack of initial enrollment.
Location: Blue Lotus Art Studio, 912 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60202,  http://bluelotusartstudio.blogspot.com 
Visit Pat’s website at www.patottoart.com
Please Bring: Journal/ Sketchbook and your favorite pen. Some art materials will be available.

Creative Drawing - Spring 2011

March 7-April 12, 2011 
6 sessions:
Tuesdays 10 am-12 pm -OR-
Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm
with Pat Otto
$125,  12 ceus offered

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.  

Those continuing the course will move into drawing light and energy on black paper based on the skills they have acquired. Color theory will be introduced, with forays into sacred geometry as a format for exploration and illumination.   Independendent study projects are encouraged as participants develop and draw upon their own creative inklings.
*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 to first session:
  • for 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
  • for 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