The Spiritual in 20th Century Art: A Continuing Lineage

Oct 9 – 10
Carolyn Wayland

(On Site)
Sunday and Monday 9 am – noon PDT 

The continuum of contemporary art has its origins in a spiritual and theosophical view. Some artists at the beginning of the 20th century wanted to connect with the invisible universe of spiritual energies in their painting. They knew there was more to life than what seems real and more to painting than representation. Abstract art began, and has a compelling history in the 20th century, as some of its better-known painters were focused on the spiritual dimension of existence and a universe with meaning beyond the material, scientific and mundane.  We will discuss 20th century artists who were influenced by theosophical ideas, explore the creative process as a spiritual practice, and use theosophical concepts to work directly with art materials. All levels of art experience are welcome. Bring a journal/sketchbook and favorite writing/drawing materials. Other materials are provided.

Single session $15 Series $25

Carolyn Wayland’s abstract paintings are connected to the esoteric side of life and a meditative approach to painting.  Her inspiration stems from many years of study as a Theosophical Society member. She has spent the majority of her life on the west coast teaching art in public schools and painting.  Currently, Carolyn lives in Sonoma County, California. She has a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Art Education from the University of Oregon.

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