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Rebellion Rising / Upcoming Classes

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Revlt.

Express yourself! Allow the noise of the outside world to fall away as you quiet your mind and allow your heart to lead the way! Practice art as meditation with one of our special teachers at Rebellion Rising. We can steer you through beginner, intermediate, and advanced techniques in a variety of art and mindfulness classes.

Rebellion Rising
3330 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago IL 60618

Buy One, Get One Half Off!
Sign up for two weekly classes and get the second class (of equal or lesser value) for half off -OR- buy two of the same class and share the half-price discount with a friend (must register & pay for classes on ONE registration form). Please Note: NO REFUNDS will be issued if students wishing to redeem this option sign up & pay separately!

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2019 Student Spectacular Dates:
  • March 9th, 16th, and 23rd

  • Want to drop in on a class?
  • $25 per class for 60-minute classes
  • $30 per class for 90-minute classes


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    CHICAGO ART CLASSES
    SESSION DATES: SUN, JAN 6 - FRI, MAR 1

    Sundays
    Jan 6 - Feb 24
    Sundays, noon-1pm
    Confidently Speaking ★

    Midge the Merciless
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    $160/8 Weeks
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    This unique eight-week class focuses on four elements of communication: speaking, writing, listening, and illustrating. Each week, we will learn dynamic communication techniques to make you a more confident and engaged communicator. We will work on public speaking skills and presentation styles, discuss writing with directness, learn to listen more effectively, and practice visually conveying concepts. Midge will use a combination of mindfulness techniques, drills, and group discussion in class, and we will discuss how to apply the concepts learned to a variety of situations. Please plan on some homework outside of class.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Sundays, 1-2pm
    Knitting ★

    Midge the Merciless
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    $160/8 Weeks
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    Knitting has so many benefits. A truly portable artistic outlet, knitting can be meditative, productive, and creative. This class will teach the basics of knitting. You'll select a basic knitting piece to complete over the course of the class, as well as knitting smaller samples to learn new techniques. We'll also explore different types of fibers, stitch patterns, and knitting traditions in different parts of the world.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Class fee includes materials.

    Sundays, 3-4pm
    SIX WEEKS - no class Jan 6 and Feb 3
    Ukulele for Beginners ★

    Adrianne Blanks
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    $120/6 Weeks
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    Have you always wanted to play your favorite songs so you can sing along, or play for a friend? Ukulele could be the instrument for you! We'll learn a new song each week plus review songs from past weeks too. No experience necessary. Only a ukulele and a good attitude. The good attitude is preferred. The ukulele is necessary.

    We'll dive into a history of the ukulele, learn six songs, several chords, and even a few strum patterns. Students will have the option to perform on a showcase at the end of the course.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Wednesdays
    Jan 9 - Feb 27
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm
    Stand-Up Stand-Out ★

    Shirley Blazen
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    $210/8 Weeks
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    Have you been itching to put your voice out into the world? Whether addressing a crowd of 1 or 1,000 - Stand-Up Stand-Out is the class that will have you feeling confident speaking in a style all your own. We'll work on presentation technique, writing material, harnessing your unique voice, and polishing a piece showcase on stage.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    This class offers the opportunity for a short group performance at the end of the session! (Not required.)

    Wednesdays, 8-9:30pm
    Professional Development ★

    Shirley Blazen
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    $210/8 Weeks
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    Ready to take your passion to the next level and develop as an artist? In this class, we are building our brand and mapping out the steps necessary to follow through on our artistic intentions. We'll cover the big and small, from building your audience to naming your rate and all the nitty gritty in between. You can expect to graduate empowered with marketable assets and a clearly defined strategy to meet your goals.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Thursdays
    Jan 10 - Feb 28
    Thursdays, 3-4:30pm
    Nifty Thrifty: Hand & Machine Sewing ★

    Red Hot Annie
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    $160/8 Weeks
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    In this introductory sewing class, create a sexy yet practical souvenir each week, such as lingerie or a make-up bag that showcases your originality and creativity. Learn the basics of fashion art guided by the creativity and spirit of Chicago's favorite burlesque dancer, Red Hot Annie, who has been making and innovating all style of garments for over a decade.

    Annie will guide you in basic pattern making, working with stretch and non-stretch materials, learning which material is suitable for each project, how to make button holes, work with zippers, buttons, and elastic, learn how to hem, and so much more.

    All supplies are provided including access to sewing machines, but you are welcome to bring your own.

    Feel free to bring a project from home that you would like help in reigniting with creativity and passion.

    See samples of Annie's work on Etsy under "Annie's Red Hots."

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Thursdays, 6-7pm
    Jazz Dance for Queer Bodies ★

    Sam Virgilio
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    $160/8 Weeks
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    A non-binary approach to Jazz dance technique. This class caters to a variety of dance experience, from beginner to professional, and offers dancers a safe, supportive, encouraging environment to explore their artistry in the style of Jazz dance. Jazz as a movement style thrives on the power of community, diversity in voice, and discipline in form, all of which will be reflected in the structure of the class. Instructor Sam Virgilio will guide the class through conditioning, technique, and a combination all with built-in variations to cater to and appropriately challenge all levels. Dancers will not be divided, instructed in technique, or directed in their performance based on gender identity as it correlates to "traditional" dance gender roles, but rather dancers should feel emboldened to explore and utilize their individual brand of power through movement, however it may manifest.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Thursdays, 7-8pm
    Russian Folk Dance ★

    Sam Virgilio
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    $160/8 Weeks
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    Students will learn movement vocabulary from pre-Soviet Russian, Ukrainian, and Hungarian cultural dances such as Hopak, Czardas, Polka, and more. This is a a fun social dance class for individuals, couples, and groups, and a great class for all levels of dance experience. Jazz shoes and/or character heels are encouraged, as well as knee pads (or pants that cover the knee) and/or knee length comfortable skirts.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    This class offers the opportunity for a short group performance at the end of the session! (Not required.)

    Thursdays, 8-9:30pm
    Beginning Ground Acrobatics ★

    Rebecca Taylor (Slightly Spitfire)
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    $210/8 Weeks
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    Want to increase strength and flexibility while learning how to flip and create interesting shapes with your own body? Beginning acrobatics is a great place to start even if you've never done a cartwheel! We will cover stretching for important shapes such as splits and backbends. We will also learn skills such as forward and back rolls, handstands, variations of cartwheels, and other fun tricks that will bring out your inner acrobat. There will also be a conditioning segment to improve core control with exercises you can do at home. Modifications are always available if you have a previous injury or concern! The class will cater to each individual skill level, and progressions will be made accordingly.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Fridays
    Jan 11 - Mar 1
    Fridays, 6-7pm
    BurHop ★

    Bliss Mayhem
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    $160/8 Weeks
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    Come join the experience!

    BurHop- what is it?!- Great question!

    BurHop is the fusion of burlesque and hip-hop movement. It intertwines the explicity of hip-hop and the sensuality of burlesque that can only be brought together so seamlessly with the most perfect body - YOURS! It was designed to build dancers up from the inside out. You will be challenged and encouraged to push through any limitations you may put on yourself.

    Classes are open level, only requirements are that you enter with positive vibes, open mind, and an open heart. Oh, and you have wear something that will make you wanna flirt with yourself! Knee pads are ALWAYS a good idea, but not required. Sneakers, heels, socks - ALL of the options are ok! I love all of you already!

    Can't wait to see your faces!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Fridays, 7-8pm
    In My Feelings ★

    Bliss Mayhem
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    $160/8 Weeks
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    As dancers, we often dance to connect with our audience, to tell them a story, to take them on a journey. In this class, you will be challenged to connect with yourselves. To tell a story, by you, for you. Which in turn allows the movement to become more genuine - and captivates any audience!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.



    CHICAGO ART WORKSHOPS AND STUDIO EVENTS
    All workshops listed below are open to ALL LEVELS - no prior experience is necessary!

    Sat, December 15
    2-3pm

    Teacher: Jessica Wagner
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    Cost: $25
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    Meditation and Intention Setting as Artistic Practice

    Use your own power to manifest the life you want and deserve. This workshop will teach you how to tap into energies to attract abundance in all forms. Through creativity, self love, and mindfulness we can raise our vibration to live our best lives. You don't need to be an artist to create.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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    Sat, January 5
    1-2pm

    Teacher: Rumayoon
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    Cost: $20
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    Invoke Altar Magic

    This class will touch upon the basic calculation of an individual's birth data to develop a powerful home altar. We will talk about the basic principles of law of attraction, wicca, color theory, the science of symbols/shapes, and numerology. What sets this class apart is that each individual will learn to tap into his/her core strengths to come up with an altar which is completely in tune with their subconscious mind and birth information. Every individual will leave with their own custom altar data to raise consciousness and attract wealth, love, luck and health! Let's get started on this magical journey to invoke your inner deity!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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    Sat, January 5
    2-4pm

    Teacher: Bliss Mayhem
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    Cost: $15
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    BurHop

    Come join the experience!

    BurHop- what is it?!- Great question!

    BurHop is the fusion of burlesque and hip-hop movement. It intertwines the explicity of hip-hop and the sensuality of burlesque that can only be brought together so seamlessly with the most perfect body - YOURS! It was designed to build dancers up from the inside out. You will be challenged and encouraged to push through any limitations you may put on yourself.

    Classes are open level, only requirements are that you enter with positive vibes, open mind, and an open heart. Oh, and you have wear something that will make you wanna flirt with yourself! Knee pads are ALWAYS a good idea, but not required. Sneakers, heels, socks - ALL of the options are ok! I love all of you already!

    Can't wait to see your faces!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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    Tue, January 8
    1-2pm

    Teacher: Red Hot Annie
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    Cost: $15
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    Dancing for Joy & Healing

    Thoughts are vibrations, and when we practice good feeling thoughts, we have the potential to change our reality to align with our greatest desires. In this workshop, we'll put on some good feeling music and use our body to express the love and appreciation we have for our inner goddess! Through a variety of dance styles, we will tap into our ability to express the joy of the human experience and our unique potential for growth and happiness. Gain confidence, body-awareness, and energy!

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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    Tue, January 8
    2-3pm

    Teacher: Red Hot Annie
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    Cost: $15
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    Introduction to Meditation

    What happens when you sit still for a few minutes? Join Red Hot Annie in this introductory meditation workshop, where we will experiment with clearing our mind through 3 different styles of basic modalities, including breathwork, writing, and mantra-based meditation. Bring a notepad and a desire to align with your highest potential. Pillows and chairs provided for optimal physical comfort.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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    Tue, January 8
    3-4pm

    Teacher: Red Hot Annie
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    Cost: $25
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    Fit for a Queen: Panty Construction

    Empower your inner fashion designer while learning the basics of underwear construction! Imagine your underwear drawer full of your favorite colors, textures, and patterns - all custom made by you! Basic materials and machine will be provided. However, artists are welcome to bring any of the following: sewing machine, 1/2-yard of 4-way stretch material (not too stretchy), 1/4-yard cotton lining, 2 yards of 5/8" foldover elastic, matching thread.

    Red Hot Annie has making and innovating all style of garments for over a decade, samples of her work can be found on Etsy under Annie's Red Hots.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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    Sat, January 12
    noon-2pm

    Teacher: Hannah Williams
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    Cost: $20
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    SLAM 101

    Always wanted to write and perform poetry but never been sure how to start? Come let your voice be heard! In this workshop, we'll talk about the basics of slam poetry and what makes a performance piece work, we'll do some writing and workshopping as a group, and we'll finish it up with a showcase at the end of the night!

    If you have family or friends who'd like to see you perform, have them RSVP to the SLAM 101 Showcase here.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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    Sat, January 12
    4:30-6pm

    Teacher: Elliot Nick
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    Cost: $20
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    2D/3D Collage

    Get in touch with your creativity and subconscious while putting recycled objects to good use! 2D/3D Collage focuses on the importance of the artistic act as a method of relaxation and self-discovery. There are no boundaries to what you can create, we are here to celebrate a multimedia approach to the arts. Basic materials are provided, but guests are encouraged to bring old magazines or small objects so that others may put them to good use. The workshop will end with a discussion of the pieces created, allowing each artist to examine their own work as a practice in mindfulness and self-reflexivity.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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    Sun, January 13
    2-4pm

    Teacher: Dharam Prakash Singh (Justin Fill)
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    Cost: $20
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    Yoga and Meditation for Performers

    Kundalini Yoga as taught is a lineage that draws heavily from Sikh tradition, incorporates all 8 limbs of traditional yoga, and focuses on raising the energy of awareness. We practice in a way that removes limitations, and develops the ability to think creatively and in line with your intuitions.

    Dharam Prakash Singh (Justin Fill) is a certified instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Given his spiritual name seven years ago, he has incorporated the technology into his performances and movement based teaching since beginning the practice. He currently leads classes at Kundalini Yoga in the Loop in downtown Chicago.

    Our class will focus on freeing the flow of creative energy through Kriya - a series of exercises designed to activate and synergize the body and mind, specifically the glandular system. Kriya is followed by Deep Relaxation and Meditation. Bring a bottle of water. We will have a few mats available, but feel free to bring your own.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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    Sun, January 20
    4:30-6pm

    Teacher: Nichelle Calhoun
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    Cost: $20
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    A Seat at the Table

    "A Seat at the Table" is a workshop that combines a bit of genealogy, African spirituality, and Black women's literary works. Participants explore and record their own stories as they unpack some of the works of 24 Black women via the anthology, Songs of Yemaya.

    The workshop is designed to engage intergenerational discourses and in honor of Mami Wata, Yemaya, illuminate, heal and create connection. Each participant will receive a signed copy of Songs of Yemaya and the opportunity to digitally record a part of their own story.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Take both "A Seat at the Table" and "Perpetual Blackness" for $30.

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    Sun, January 20
    7-8:30pm

    Teacher: Nichelle Calhoun
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    Cost: $20
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    Perpetual Blackness

    This workshop explores the behind-the-scenes of the upcoming podcast, Perpetual Blackness. Perpetual Blackness is a WAMU-NPR trained podcast that explores the Diasporic voices of Black DC, MD, Virginia while telling the host's story over 9 generations. The workshop shares various interviews that highlight intersectional slithers of the Black experience and engages the audience as the host moderates the discussion. Participants will be able to share their own insights and record their own thoughts to be potentially used in the show.

    Supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Take both "A Seat at the Table" and "Perpetual Blackness" for $30.

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    Sat, January 26
    12:30-2pm

    Teacher: Kaleigh Richards
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    Cost: $30
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    Abstract Expression

    Feeling stuck? Ruminating? Blocked? Abstract expression can help! I will guide you through a series of quick drawing exercises, specially curated to provide you with a new form of self-expression and stress relief. Our session is designed to be free flowing and conducted without judgment. Our goal is for you to leave feeling better equipped to see life from new angles and devise creative solutions. No previous art experience is necessary.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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    Sat, January 26
    2-3:30pm

    Teacher: Hula Hooping Hannah
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    Cost: $25
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    Hoop Dance Choreography

    A high-powered staple of circus performing, discover beginner single hula hoop techniques while learning a sexy and energizing contemporary dance routine. This workshop will provide you with a foundation of classic circus on-body and off-body hula hoop tricks before we move into creative movement that will fuse this newfound circus skill and your body into an expressive routine. Students have the option of purchasing a dance hula hoop at the end of the class.

    Please bring a dance hula hoop if you have one, various hoop sizes will be provided.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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    Sat, January 26
    3:30-4:45pm

    Teacher: Emilio Sanchez
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    Cost: $20
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    Modeling With Clay

    Since the beginning of human existence, we've had this desire to create art to express ourselves, our ancestors grabbed simple mud and shaped it into figures of man, animals, and cultural lore.

    To this day, we still use sculpture to tell stories, commemorate our idols, and to represent our most important ideals and concepts. From The Statue of Liberty to the Terracotta Army of Qin Emperor, it's very undeniable that sculpture as an art form is very intrinsically intertwined with our history and our beliefs.

    I invite you to participate in this long-practiced tradition and give life into something that represents YOU and was made with your own two hands from scratch. Modeling with clay is fun and therapeutic, and it allows you to turn your imagination into three-dimensional reality.

    In our class we will study the human anatomical form, color theory, texture, proportion, movement, and develop techniques to achieve a realistic modeling style.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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    Sat, January 26
    5-6:30pm

    Teacher: Gregory Cooper
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    Cost: $40
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    Painting: Abundance

    In this class, we will be using acrylic paint to create a festive yet unique rendition of the classic cornucopia. We will start with surprisingly simple techniques using shapes, lines, and dots to setup our composition and then slowly delve into creating the fruits/veggies (or anything else that comes to mind) of our "Abundance." This class should be a great fit for anyone with any level of painting experience or lack thereof. As with any of my classes there will be plenty of room for individual expression and variation within the painting, and I believe every painter will leave with a piece that not only looks great, but truly is uniquely theirs.

    Supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Take both "Painting: Abundance" and "Painting: Tranquility" for $70.

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    Sat, January 26
    6:30-8pm

    Teacher: Gregory Cooper
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    Cost: $40
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    Painting: Tranquility

    In this class, we will be using acrylic paint to create the image of a Bonsai tree basking in moon/sunlight. This class will focus mostly on tones and gestures with colors being used only as accents. We will start with surprisingly simple techniques using shapes, lines, and dots to setup our composition and then move on to creating our peaceful little tree. As with any of my classes, there will be plenty of room for individual expression and variation within the painting, and I expect every tree to be unique, like real bonsai. This class should be a great fit for anyone with any level of painting experience or lack thereof.

    Supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

    Take both "Painting: Abundance" and "Painting: Tranquility" for $70.

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    Sat, February 16
    noon-2pm

    Teachers: Rebekah Hall & Miranda Steffens
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    Cost: $30
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    Writing and Moving - A Healing Practice

    Writing is a practice many of us learn in school along with a strict structure and slew of rules that must be followed -- but writing has the potential to be a creative, healing experience and so much more! Writing has the unique ability to connect the unconscious with the conscious, helping us to process life events, discover answers, encapsulate memories, and tell our stories.

    In this workshop, we will pair writing with body-awareness practices such as qi gong, meditation, and meridian stretches. Participants will be encouraged to make use of the openness, introspection, and mindfulness these practices foster, rather than rules and structure, in their writing. We will offer prompts and time to write, allowing participants to explore the self and the wisdom hidden within.

    All levels and genders welcome.

    Every body welcome.

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