Join us for a series of very special drawing exercises designed to take us “Beyond Drawing,” beyond our mechanical nature, our mechanical way of observing and processing impressions. Working with attention, observation, and focusing on the whole of one’s self as one fluid process will be the aim. These exercises help one to be in touch with what is most important when making art. It is a matter of which part of us is active and which is passive. Students will walk away with some valuable experiences to use in ones’ art and/or self-discovery practice. All levels of drawing abilities are welcome. Feel free to bring a drawing board if you have one.
*The price of the workshop includes a $5 materials fee.
Darlene Victoria de Lyon, a practicing Kansas City artist, holds a BFA in painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She has had one person shows and installations and has instructed all ages in making art. A former KC Friends of Jung board member, she co-led the popular workshop, “Experiencing Mandala” with Lisa Whitlow. She currently leads a study group, “Art: In Theory and in Practice.”
In the play GATES IN AND OUT EverySoul traverses the stations of the Hero/ine’s Journey: leaves Home at the Call, goes through the Gate In, enters the Tenemous (Otherworld), transforms in the Nigredo, locates the Gate Out, and Returns. EverySoul and Companion meet tests on the Road of Trials, including coping with a dragon, and climbing the Ice Mountain. The play is often humorous, in part because we all find ourselves, and friends and clients, well represented.
Joseph Campbell taught the Hero/ine’s Journey at Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference in 1985; the author has used the model extensively in teaching, coaching and counseling since that time. The play is written by Lola Wilcox, from Denver, Colorado. Her husband Chuck directs. They both act in the play with three local actors, including Ken Buch. A few members of the audience can choose to have bit parts at the performance; no rehearsal is needed.
After the play we will participate in a facilitated discussion with the acting company and author, beginning with the famous question “Where are you in the story?”
This play was developed for the Jung Society of St. Louis’ 2010 writing contest, and was first performed at the 2011 Portals to the Sacred conference; it’s second performance was at the Joseph Campbell conference in 2012 in New Paltz, N.Y.
What is the story you are living? How do you hear the Call to change? What keeps you going through the Road of Trials? What has been Made and Unmade during the Nigredo of your journey? What impact do your individual choices have on these questions and on your soul? These are some of the questions that we will ask and explore during the workshop. Using Joseph Campbell’s journey archetype and the French adult story of Beauty and the Beast along with readings, songs, discussion, and reflection we will investigate personal choice and its impact on our lives. The power of our personal choices, the role of the opposites, and the impact of the choice to love the Beastly parts of ourselves as well as the Beauty ones will be discovered.
Please bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing as there will be some movement and stretching (those with limited mobility will be accommodated).