St. Brigid’s Day: An Imbolc Celebration of Art, Poetry, and Creativity

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Monday 2/1/2016
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Program Leader
Joni Chancer


Please note: This program is now full. If you are interested in being placed on a waiting list, please contact Peggy, the La Casa Registrar, at [email protected] or 805-456-4220. Thank you!

On the first day of Celtic Spring and the feast day of St. Brigid, we’ll elevate simple crafts associated with St. Brigid into art by fashioning beautiful woven crosses from painted papers, creating a watercolor of the first signs of spring, and hand-carving a rubber printing block with sacred symbols. Poetry and various Celtic traditions will be woven throughout the day.

Joni Chancer has facilitated art workshops nationally and internationally for over 20 years, inviting participants to discover, render, and celebrate the inspirational beauty of the natural world.

Below is an expanded workshop description from Joni:

This special day and experience is more than an art workshop – we will celebrate your creative spirit as we honor the Celtic traditions surrounding St. Brigid, the patroness of poets and artists. One of her symbols is a flame that burns eternally at her shrine in Kildare, Ireland. Let that flame be a symbol of your creative fire. It is particularly powerful that we are meeting on Brigid’s actual feast day. Early February marks the first stirrings of spring—precious indicators of new life and growth. Let’s bring THAT energy into our creative lives!

I’ve been crafting this day for a long time, creating a shrine for our day, poetry cards for you, and three art projects that I have loved refining – ensuring that the instruction is approachable for all, and that your artistic results will be lovely and satisfying.  Here is the plan for the day:

• You will create fluid and loose abstract watercolors papers (in the palette of your choice) that will playfully push you to paint freely and boldly. Later, you’ll weave together cut or torn strips of these gorgeous papers to create a Brigid’s Cross you’ll display all year.  It’s a beautiful project.

• We’ll sketch a woodblock-like design that incorporates the signs of this season. I’ll offer guidance and suggestions, and teach techniques that will ensure successful sketching, transferring, and printing of the image. You’ll cut into a piece of rubber with special tools to create a printing block. Reprinting the design using different inks on a variety of papers and backgrounds is a delight – each print in the series will be unique.

• Our third project is a treasure – a lovely watercolor painting. I am so excited to teach this lesson – learning and refining skills will be an organic and meditative experience as you paint a single, gorgeous, seasonal subject. You’ll be painting what you observe, and your eye will guide your hand. My prototype is framed and ready to grace my studio February Nature Altar.

These projects have been developed for beginning and experienced artists. As I wrote, creating all three pieces has been a creative delight for me, and I feel confident that you’ll experience the same pleasure. ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED.

Whether this is a first or annual observance of Brigid’s Day for those who attend, I know we will all agree—this is a very special celebration for creative souls.

Joni Chancer, Instructor

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