Story Circles – Memories Class NEW!
Saturday, September 23, 1:30- 5:30PM
Instructor: Cassia Cogger
Cassia Cogger, author of Creating Personal Mandalas: Story Circle Techniques in Watercolor and Mixed Media, loves using colors and images within the container of a circle as a way of capturing and exploring stories. Her “story circles”, as she calls them, began as simple paintings to celebrate specific people and special moments. As they evolved over time, she realized the circles were a powerful mechanism for exploring and processing an experience. (As an artist friend pointed out to her, she had really created her own form of mandala.) Cassia’s circles range from the highly symbolic to more detailed drawings. Others simply explore colors or shapes evocative of a place and time. Cassia will show you how to make your own story circle with pencils, ink, images, and watercolors. Using her own circles as examples, she’ll explain the symbols she used. Some symbols are universal but others are ones that are personal to her. In describing why capturing stories is important, she likes to quote writer Philip Pullman. “After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” You’ll use acrylic/gouache paints and an image transfer technique to create your own story circle memory.
Please bring the following materials:
A few ideas or themes, plus images or objects to use in creating your story circle. Make copies of any images since an original will be destroyed by the process. The copies must be toner based, that is, printed on a laser printer or Xeroxed. Ink jet copies will not work. Make multiple copies of the same image just in case the first try doesn’t turn out the way you want.
Optional: favorite pencil for drawing
Optional: 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.