Create a Clay Goddess
with Anna Wiancko-Chasman
Saturday, November 10
10:00 am – 2:00pm (or 2:30pm)
This four (to 4 1/2) hour class will guide participants to not only create a female form or goddess-like figure in clay, but will also help inspire new ideas about women’s roles in the world. What does it mean to be a woman, often vulnerable yet remarkably strong. We will consider this on a personal basis, how we think, feel, and act as we move through our lives, as well as how women have moved through the ages into the present time. We will learn about how we capture these awarenesses and ideas through symbolism and abstract representation.
In these challenging times of both difficulty but also opportunity, considering the “Family of Woman” may help us make sense of where we’ve been, what we are currently trying to understand about ourselves and women as a whole, and how to intuitively picture our personal energy as we move into the future.
An example of how to use symbolism as a guide and inspiration might be considering the phases of the moon:
“The triple moon is a Goddess symbol that represents the Maiden, Mother, and Crone as the waxing, full, and waning moon…. The Crone represents wisdom, repose, and compassion. The Crone in Greek mythology is Hecate – wise, knowing, a culmination of a lifetime of experience.”
The participant might want to focus on herself as she was in her youth, or as a mother, or as she advances into her third stage of life. These ways of being might also be represented as one, with all parts integrated into her core personal nature.
Clay has a magical way of responding to our hands and hearts, and as such, it is a perfect medium for exploring our conscious and unconscious thoughts and ideas, and creating representations of what emerges in the process.
We might be surprised by what the clay teaches us!
Location: Class will be held at Anna’s beautiful home studio. Location address will be supplied upon registration.
Tuition: $75 (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