Painting The Wheel of the Year: Summer Solstice with Colleen Koziara2:00 PM » 5:00 PM
The Wheel of the Year. Time, not linear
but circular. Round and round we go, and have always gone. Since the
beginning of time, humans, of every faith and culture, have found time
best tracked in circles. Humans have created stone circles aligned with
the seasons for at least 200,000 years. Everything in life falls
comfortably somewhere upon the spokes of the wheel of time. The times of
day, the seasons, the astrological calendar, the trees and symbols of
the Ogham, Alchemy, Festivals, ages of human life, the colors, musical
notes, emotions, tides. All of time, all of creation.
This is what we will explore in this year-long series of painting classes held once a month. Eight of our sessions will focus on the seasonal festival: Imbolc, Ostara, Beltaine, Summer Solstice, Lughnassadh, Mabon, Samhain and Yule. For these sessions, we will create acrylic on canvas paintings.
Four of our sessions will focus on the Wheel of the
Year Template as a whole. In these sessions, each participant will use
ink pens, markers, paint, and collage on acetate sheets to create a multi-layered depiction of a personalized Wheel meaningful to their own life path.
Our theme for June 9: Summer Solstice (Litha) - Here we are, we have arrived at the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Goddess is now full and pregnant with Child, and the Sun God is at the height of His virility. This is the peak of the Solar year and the Sun is at the height of its life-giving power. The Earth is awash with fertility and fulfillment and this is a time of joy and celebration, of expansiveness and the celebration of achievements.
Yet within this climax is the whisper and promise of a return to the Dark. As the Light reaches its peak so this is also the moment when the power of the Sun begins to wane. From now on the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer and we are drawn back into the Dark to complete the Wheel of the Year. At this time the God, as Oak King, is rich in abundance, but he too surrenders his reign to his brother twin, the Holly King, and the descent begins.But before we welcome the return to the Dark side of the year, and acknowledge this great turning point of the Wheel, we celebrate! For more fabulous information on these holidays, their symbolism and origins, old traditions and new, as well as simple and very real ways to bring acknowledgement of the turning of the wheel into your daily life, as well as, wonderful shopping opportunities!! I highly recommend the website/organization www.goddessandgreenmam.co.uk
All materials will be supplied and no previous
experience is necessary. The class will begin with a smudging and
guided meditation, and continue on with the painting session. Each
session will include a central space arrangement of items that speak to
the season and the spoke upon the wheel that is our focus for that
Additionally, each student will be provided with a computer file, and a link to a YouTube Playlist that features a wide variety of supportive documentation on The Wheel as it appears in its many varied forms and focuses: images of Circles, Mandalas and Wheels of the Year from a wide variety of cultures and locations as well as stories and legends from around the world to be used as reference material for their study.
Pre-registration is required due to material and supply orders that must be placed.
Sunday, June 9, 2 - 5 PM: Summer Solstice
Painting The Wheel of the Year series: 12 Sundays, 2 - 5 PM each day
- June 9- Summer Solstice
- July 14 - Lughnassadh
- August 11 – Wheel Template 3
- September 8 - Mabon
- October 20 – Samhain
- November 17 – Wheel Template 4
- December 15 – Yule
Each session is paid for separately. Each class is $55/$45 early registration by one week before class. Attend 5 sessions and your sixth class is free! Each session is a stand alone class and you need not attend them all. However, the full experience of all 12 Sessions is HIGHLY recommended.