Workshops & Events

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Storyteller paintings of gratitude

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Storyteller’s Cottage     Simsbury, CT


“The Sisters” Ex voto Painting 18″ × 24″ Acrylic with text


Have you survived an accident, an illness, an injury, a severe weather event, a near drowning, or another type of potential catastrophe? Did some one or some thing or some power intervene to rescue you?

Votive paintings, also known as ex-votos, honor a situation in which a miracle seems to have occurred.

These paintings, which come from a long history in Europe and Mexico, pay homage to a tragedy averted. A person would hire an apprentice artist to create the ex-voto for the family. The resulting paintings were usually crude and simplistic, very childlike in nature.

Traditionally, the votive paintings contained three elements:

*the scene that illustrates the near tragedy

*a depiction of the saint or power that intervened in the situation

*text that describes the miracle that occurred.

Through a series of guided writing exercises, students will brainstorm a list of possible scenarios/events for which they are thankful, and/or a list of tragedies averted. It is surprising how many such events have taken places in our lives! Then, focusing on one such event, students will paint their scenes and add narrative description, which can be conveyed as story or poem or fragments.

Often, through this collaborative process of writing and drawing, students find themselves with a deeper understanding and appreciation of significant life events.

COST: $60 for a 4 hour class

 (includes all materials: canvas, paper, wood or tin for the paintings; acrylic paints, oil pastels, colored pencils, and charcoal for mediums; pen and paper for writing; archival pens for text presentation on final format)


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