$185 CLASSROOM OPEN
The Heroine's Journey Online Art Class
Mixed Media Painting & Collage with Kristena West M.A.
"Shiver and Quiver my Little Tree, Silver & Gold throw down over me ."
Have You Ever Wanted to Go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry and Take a Class on Magic & Mythological Stories?
We meet Harry Potter, when he is a young boy and in each book a story of his biography is revealed. We all love when Harry gets scooped up out of his dull life and gets dropped into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. Harry has to face all kinds of challenges & tests in his life while growing up and discovering his gifts and destiny.
Wouldn't you love to take a class in the school of witchcraft and wizardry and experience all those mystical, whimsical, daring and dreadful teachers?
While Harry Potter is a story of the hero's journey, this online art and creative writing class is to create a story from our lives as the Heroine's Journey. We have a full line-up of guest teachers - from fairytale characters to goddess & heroine's- to teach all aspects of how to tell a story, how to create illustrations for our short-story or fairytale, and aspects of magic too!
We will teach you how to take a short-story from your biography, and transform it into fairy tale. In this creative, playful and sacred transformation we become the Heroine of our Journey.
We will dip into creative writing by choosing a snippet of our life-story, play with all kinds of mixed media to create our fairy-tale pages. We will create our characters from princess to wicked queens, make friends, find allies and yes, meet our dragons too.
Through transformative art lessons and creative writing, hidden threads in your life story will be revealed to you. These, in turn, will help you re-write your personal narrative and live your life as the heroine of your journey.
I have immersed myself in art, creative writing, journaling, and dream-work, as well as years of shamanic training. Engaging in transformative arts changed my life and the lives of countless clients and students. Please join me in this new fairy-tale adventure!
Everyone is Welcome, you do not have to be an artist or writer to do this fairy tale workshop!
“Who in the World Am I?
Ah, that's the Great Puzzle"
-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
Here's a Description of our Special Lessons
WHATS MY STORY? CREATIVE WRITING
Choosing a snippet of our life-story, we will take it and turn it into a Fairy Tale set in a far away landscape. We get to play with characters and turn ourselves into the Princess or Heroine of our own Fairy tale.
Once Upon a Time; the beginning, the middle, the ending; Act I, Act II and Act III.
By taking our real-life story and transforming it into a magical land with fantastical characters we enter into our interior worlds and shape-shift our story.
CHARACTERS AS ARCHETYPES
Archetypes as: the Heroine, the Princess, The Child, the Queen, the King and the Dragon.
When we transform our story into fairy tale characters we enter into the magic of story-telling.
By consciously taking a piece of our life-story and symbolically transforming characters into archetypes of wizard, princess or sorcerer we become the creative authors of our own drama- thereby lifting and transforming life into play.
MIXED MEDIA ARTS GALORE
1. Learn Gelli plate printing for fantasy backgrounds and stencils too.
2. Play with collage, painting, drawing, story-board using all your art supplies at hand.
This is art from the heart, and these mixed media tools and techniques are optional, but anything you do will be transformative arts, it's a Fairy Tale!
FAIRYTALE BOOK ARTS COVER
1. Finish pages and the text for the fairy tale.
2. When the story is done and all the beautiful art is ready, then we can begin to design the fairy tale book cover.
3. The cover contains a "spiritual picture" of your personal journey, discoveries, revelations and magical transformations. You can only design the cover at the end of this Heroine's Journey.
4. We thread with ribbon the pages of art and text and the book covers too, and the Fairy Tale adventure is done for now.
CLASSROOM IS OPEN
the fairy tale as the heroine's journey
Guest Teachers videos cover topics of the creative writing, ways of knowing, cross-cultural fairy tales, narrative in a story, how to turn a story of our biography into a fairytale, elements of magic and trickster figures with descriptions of Good & Evil character development.
We also have the great good fortune of cameo talks by guest Fairy tale characters! What does Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and and the Wicked Witch have to say? You are invited to the party!
Guest Artists sponsored by You Cam Fun
FAIRY TALE CLASS OUTLINE:
The Class is 10 weeks self-study with two lessons weekly as we develop the two streams of creativity; art & creative writing.
1. We will do some creative writing by turning our story into a fairytale.
2. We will play and experiment with art for our images.
3. We will design a fabulous Fairy Tale Book cover!
2 LESSONS A WEEK
Every week on Tuesday & Thursday lessons will be posted. We will be able to share our work in weekly check-ins.
Guest Teachers & Fairy Tale characters engage us in the delightful world of fairytale worlds.
Let's Get Creative and have some fun!
You can use whatever art medium you prefer. If you like drawing or painting it's fine to use that. I am also going to teach the gelli print for great backgrounds & also the use of stencils if you want to use that for fairy tale illustrations.
Everyone is Welcome, you do not have to be an artist or writer to do this fairy tale workshop! The key is we all have the DoorWay to our own creativity, all we have to do is step through it.
FABRIANO 50 SHEETS WATER COLOR PAPER 140 HOT PRESS
8'X10" GELLI PLATE & 4" BRAYER
ASSORTED PENCILS, WATER ACTIVATED COLORED PENCILS, WATERCOLORS, PAINT PENS, CHARCOAL ETC.
OPTIONAL FABRICS FOR BOOK COVER, MATT BOARD
SCISSORS, RULER, DOUBLE STICK TAPE, WASHI TAPES, GLUE STICKS
OPTIONAL RIBBONS, FLOWERS, BEADS, EPHEMERA
Meet Kristena West M.A.
Kristena West received her Masters in Transformational Arts & Consciousness, a program that focused on how artists can change the world. Her thesis is on cross-cultural sacred iconography. BA is in academic and professional writing and psychology. Undergraduate is in Fine & Commercial Arts and Fashion Design.
I have been an artist my entire life. I have been engaged in community arts, curated exhibitions and worked in fine art galleries since I was eighteen years old. I have always worked with groups.
In 1990 I began doll making, sculpting in stone and was trained in sacred council circle. I started men and women's groups. These groups were based on taking an "issue" from our lives, our Prima Materia as Jung says, the Primal Matter - whatever was "working us" - and we sat in circle for 4 months weekly cooking in our cauldron of story, events, how we felt about it, and we used simple artistic exercises to separate, mix, stir our emotional material in order to transform our story into a healing journey.
I did my undergraduate work in Psychology and Academic & Creative Writing, and was going to become a therapist specializing in Jungian psychology. But I had a Big Dream that led me instead to Berkeley California... to get my Masters in Transformative Arts & Consciousness, how artists use their skills to change themselves and their community. As a dream teacher, listening to and following this Big Dream changed my life trajectory and personal story.
I have 30 years training with shamans and have trained groups and clients in these ways of knowing. My question has always been with indigenous shamans, "What makes Art Sacred?" And these gifts of what I learned I bring to my work and especially to the world beloved Fairy Tale as the Heroine's Journey online art class.
Last year I learned video & podcasting so I can weave a wider net online, so many friends who cannot find transformative arts classes can now do so. Transforming your life-story snippet into a fairytale, you will find the Fairy tale story starts taking You on a journey. This is the beauty and delight of Transformative Sacred Arts; I invite you to become enchanted and transform the princess that is you, into the Heroine.