Finding Center – a Mandala Journey Class NEW!
Sunday, September 24, 12:00- 4:00PM
Instructor: Cassia Cogger
Finding one’s center – that quiet, calm space within where truths reside – is a highly individual journey. Cassia Cogger, author of Creating Personal Mandalas: Story Circle Techniques in Watercolor and Mixed Media, has found mandalas to be a powerful tool for connecting to the inner self. Mandala literally means circle in Sanskrit. In Eastern religions, circles decorated with patterns or images symbolize the universe and are part of a deeply religious practice. These sacred mandalas have been adopted by other groups and used in a broader context. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung, for example, said that mandalas symbolize "a safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness”. He believed that his own mandala paintings helped him work toward an integration of personality. Though drawing a circle is simple, infusing it with meaning is altogether different. To get you started on creating a personal mandala, Cassia will talk about traditional colors and forms. She’ll also share her own mandalas as examples of how to tap into your inner voice. She’s found that following a structured process, akin to drafting, frees up a busy mind to make space for subconscious insights. The result? A colorfully drawn and painted mandala that’s a step on your personal journey to find center.
Please bring the following optional materials to class:
favorite pencil for drawing
permanent black ink pen (such as a Micron)
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Cassia Cogger is an artist, storyteller, creative explorer, and teacher who grew up in Colorado but now lives in central Connecticut with her husband and two young children. She loves painting in her studio, doing embroidery on the couch, and climbing trees with her kids. In addition to her own art, Cassia’s passion is to design classes and experiences that allow individuals to connect to their authentic selves through creative expression. She’s excited by color, shape, pattern, and beauty, but is even more excited about the creative process and what it reveals. Her own life’s journey is the story of moving from chaos to calm through blending sacred geometry, drawing, and visual story telling. She views paintings as prayers and mark marking as meditation. As Cassia puts it, “Nothing like geometry, symmetry, and symbolism to help show me the way.”
Cassia’s work has been featured at the National Academy Museum of Design in NYC and in the magazine Watercolor Artist, which identified her a rising star. Her work also appears in a host of galleries and private collections. In 2016 Cassia was asked to author a book on story circles, the name she uses to describe the personal creative process she’s used over the years. The book, Creating Personal Mandalas: Story Circle Techniques in WaterColor and Mixed Media, was published in April of 2017. She calls it her third baby! Learn more about Cassia and her work at www.cassiacogger.com.