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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Archetypal Stages of the Great Round of Mandala

Fall 2011:
Stages 10, 11, 12 + Center
with Pat Otto
7 alternate Thursdays

Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 15 & 29
6:30-8:30 pm 
$15014 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 preferably via email pat.otto@att.net or if unable, call 773-577-9870 and leave a message. Enrollment is limited, with priority given to current workshop participants, therefore pre-registration/ payment is required. Groups fill quickly and in advance. Waiting lists are available. CEUs are available per quarter for a $15 fee.  Be advised tuition is refundable only if or when a workshop is canceled due to lack of initial enrollment.

*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, 29 (Stages 10, 11, 12 + Center).
 
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.

A Way Into Watercolor - Coming Fall 2011


6 sessions:
Thursdays 12:30-2:30 pm
with Pat Otto
$125

Discover the unique qualities of watercolor painting through experimental exercises.  In this workshop, you will learn to really see color and achieve it through a working understanding of color theory, as well as begin to develop your own personal style.

For those new to, or continuing with, watercolor studies.  Please note, previous art experience is not necessary.  A detailed Supply List will be handed out and discussed at the first session.  This way questions may be addressed and confusion can be avoided before purchasing any art materials.  Small classes are offered in 6-week sessions.

To Register:  Contact Pat Otto preferably via email pat.otto@att.net or if unable, then call 773-577-9870 and leave a message.  Pre-registration is required.  Be advised tuition is refundable only if or when a workshop is canceled due to lack of enrollment.

Location:  Blue Lotus Art Studio, 912 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL  60202 http://bluelotusartstudio.blogspot.com  and visit Pat's website at www.patottoart.com


Creative Drawing - Coming Fall 2001


6 sessions:
Thursdays 10 am-12 noon
with Pat Otto
$125,  12 CEUs available

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, and 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.   Independent 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 preferably via email at pat.otto@att.net or if unable, call 773-577-9870 and leave a message. Pre-registration/ payment is required. CEUs are available for a $15 administrative fee. 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 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

Monday, August 15, 2011

Cultivating a Daily Creative Practice - Fall 2011

6 alternative Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Sept. 29, Oct. 13, 27, Nov. 11 (off 11-24) Dec. 8 & 22, 2011
with Pat Otto
Fee: $125, 12 CEUs available

Choosing to do a simple creative thing every day is soul work that takes us on a personal journey of self-discovery and expression. Workshop facilitator, Pat Otto will share her experience with Mandala-a-Day and guide participants in cultivating their own unique daily creative practice.  A variety of approaches to creative expression as well as possible formats for our daily project will be explored in this workshop.  Encouraged to pay attention to our soul whispers and creative inklings - letting them move lightly into our daily project - our creative spirit will be set free to play.

We will discover how small steps taken day-by-day add up to something much larger than their individual parts, with tangible results and unexpected outcomes.   With meetings scheduled every other week, participants will be able to experience and develop their hands-on practice while receiving support, encouragement, and inspiration from the group.  There is no need for art experience.   


To Register: contact Pat Otto preferably via email at pat.otto@att.net or if unable, call 773-577-9870 and leave a message.  Pre-registration/ payment is required.  12 CEUs are available for a $15 administrative charge.  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.  See Pat's website at www.patottoart.com  or visit Daily Creative Practice to see what's been happening!
 
Please Bring:  Please bring something to write/ create in, and a cell phone that takes pictures or a camera.  Some art materials will be available.

"Only the symbolic life can express the need of the soul - the daily need of the soul, mind you!"   
C.G. Jung

Art with a Renewed Purpose - Fall 2011

6 alternative Mondays 
6:30 - 8:30 pm
 Sept. 12 & 28, Oct. 10 & 23, Nov. 7 & 21, 2011
 with Pat Otto

$125 fee 


 Do you have any old, tired, ripped and broken treasured items now disregarded and abandoned somewhere in the house?  It’s time to transform them into works of art: functional or dys-functional -- your choice.  For instance: 
  • Upcycle clothes that no longer fit/look good/etc. into your own fashion statements. 

    •  Stop buying new stuff (this year?) and art-i-fy whatever you do have into new forms and uses. 
    It’s surprising how creative you become when you start seeing all your old things as potential art supplies just waiting to be brought back to life in new and unusual ways.  And if you have a lot of old stuff - your supply cabinet is pretty much unlimited.  Even if you just start off with say, old clothes, or old jewelry, or old linens, or old dishes, or old bags…I think you get the idea. 


    In this workshop, we will each bring in something that needs creative repurposing as well as something for the “pot.”  The pot will be mystery goodies for anyone to use and continue to grow as the weeks go by.  And as a group, we’ll also find creative inspiration and support.  Participants will be encouraged to bring in a different piece for renewal every session to get their creative juices flowing.  

    Please note:  equipment is available on site, such as scissors, needle and thread, glues, tapes, rulers, pencils, erasers.  Please bring anything more specific you may need for your project.


    To Register:  Contact Pat Otto preferably via email pat.otto@att.net or if unable, call 773-577-9870 and leave a message.  Pre-registration is required.  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   See Pat’s website at www.patottoart.com and her Project Minima blog at http://projectminima.blogspot.com

    The Artist's Way: A Creativity Group - Fall 2011

    6 alternate Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm
    Sept. 19, Oct 3, 17, 31, Nov. 14 & 28, 2011
      with Pat Otto
    $125, 12 ceus offered

    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 discussion.

    In making art, we will experience our own unique creative process and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for its significance to 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-session 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. Another 6-session workshop will follow that focuses 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 preferably via email at pat.otto@att.net or if unable, call 773-577-9870 and leave a message. Pre-registration/ payment is required. 12 CEUs are available for a $15 processing fee.   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:  a 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.~