Forest Goddess Class
with Anna Wiancko-Chasman
Saturday, August 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and
Saturday, August 10, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
At a TreeSong ceramic class recently where students created goddesses, they became so inspired with their creations that folks were asking about another goddess class.
Over the last few years I’ve been creating goddesses that are part of natural elements. The students had seen some of these in my studio, and became very enthusiastic about the idea of making their own. We will call this the Forest Goddess class!
In this process students will begin with a special piece of wood, drift wood, forest bark, etc. They can bring their own or choose from a collection that will be provided. They will choose wood that “speaks” to them and it will be the foundation of their piece. We are all a part of nature, and to depict and celebrate this connection through art can allow us a richer understanding, connection and reverence with our deeper selves and the natural world.
In a quiet and thoughtful space, students will look deeply into their hearts to begin the design process. Even though this process can be very intuitive, it remains important to construct a basic plan,( although this plan is malleable as the elements often tell the maker how they want to be arranged).
Students will be using clay as well as other materials such as wood, sticks, roots, mosses, beads, wire, found objects, cloth, and found objects.
This will be a two part class. Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting art materials on and bring a sack lunch to the second class.
This will be a fun and meaningful class, and I hope to see you there!
Location: Class will be held at Anna’s beautiful home studio. Location address will be supplied before class date.
Tuition: $85 (includes clay, glazes and other supplies) Maximum of 7 participants.
I have been selling my art for more than four decades, but my love of art and the creative process has happily been a major part of my life since I was a child.
I believe the powerful communication and expression of art enriches both the artist and the public. Therefore, I feel that with art making comes not only personal satisfaction but also a sense of responsibility. Through art, the artist speaks a universal truth that is often more accessible than other forms of communication. I try to speak out about critical and difficult issues facing people and the planet, but also balance this with art that is whimsical and humorous. I enjoy the exploration of metaphor and irony in all their permutations.
I frequently work in clay, mixed media, and found objects to create unusual and expressive sculptures and assemblages. Working in this manner allows me a freedom of expression that I cannot achieve nearly as well as with a single medium alone. Sometimes I prefer to work in 2-D, in acrylic, collage and watercolor, but most often, I incorporate mixed media and found objects as well.
I draw most of my inspiration from a deep and lifelong love of nature and animals. Much of my work reflects that passion, whether it is a sculpture of a shore bird or salmon, or a mixed media painting of our forests and streams.
I teach classes in clay and mixed media to adults and children. I am also an art therapist and art therapy supervisor. Following the tragic loss of my daughter to cancer in 1989, I returned to college and in 1992, I earned a master’s degree in art therapy, later working for hospice in Portland. Several years after that, I began private practice, specializing in grief and loss. I believe my own experience and the experience of helping others through such difficult and challenging times have enriched my own personal growth and expression and given me an understanding of deep human connections. Even if someone is not directly involved in art therapy, just the process of making art can have a deep healing impact on the artist.
I continue to seek out new artistic ways to express my thoughts and feelings, stretching the limits of the materials and subject. It is inspiring, challenging, thrilling, and always powerful.
~ Anna Wiancko-Chasman ~
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Anna’s art can be seen at the Attic Gallery in Camas, Aurora Gallery in Vancouver, RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, Guardino Gallery in Portland, and Harbor Arts in Port Angeles.
You can also check out her website: www.freshwaterbayarts.com