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Sunday Art Sesh – Dream Art Series

Dream by Maureen Shaughnessy

A Two-Part Workshop on Illustrating Our Dreams

November 6 and 13 from 2 to 5pm

Autumn is a time of going-inward, of readying our psyches for long nights and deep rejuvenation. So for this crispy golden time of year, I am offering a 2-part series to encourage a deeper, more vibrant dream life.  We’ll approach our dreams by paying attention; by making art that honors the messages the unconscious sends us at night; and by having fun and supporting each other in a small group of like-minded women.

Years ago, during a long period when I pursued psychotherapy for my own healing, I often worked with my dreams. I had been in the habit of keeping a dream-journal since high school. However these weekly sessions with a Jungian-focused therapist gave me a good reason to pay even more attention to my dreams, to my unconscious. For a couple of years, each week I would bring a new piece of art I had created from a dream, and use it as a springboard for the session. I was able to heal from trauma and learn about myself with what my mind and heart already knew. It was very private and very powerful for me.

This series of two Sunday afternoons is for anyone who wants to — artfully — explore and encourage their dreams, or learn to help others do this. Whether you are an experienced artist, new to art, a therapist, or someone interested in letting your creativity blossom, I know you are going to love this dream illustration series.

The class is limited to 6 students. If you are interested, please sign up soon as these workshops fill. You can sign up by paying online (any of the buttons below.) If you can’t pay online, please give me a call 431-9931 to reserve your space in the series.

Who: Women age 20+  … experienced artists or budding artists or non-artists. Anyone who wants to get down and get creative! Maureen Shaughnessy is your instructor.
What: Two workshop sessions on illustrating dreams in multi-media
When: November 6 and 13, 2016 from 2 to 5pm
Where: 434 North Last Chance Gulch (studio in back of 1+1=1 Gallery)
What to Bring: at least one dream. After you register, I will email you a list of other ideas.

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We will start out with a short slideshow and discussion of the reasons and methods I have developed over the last 40 years, of bringing my dreams to life with various artful mediums. These include drawing, collage, painting, poetry or free-form narratives, dream-boxes, photography and assemblages. I will show you examples from my journals and my personal art collection.

Each participant will have a chance to work during the two sessions on “illustrating” her own dream (or more than one) in their chosen medium. Having a week between the two sessions will give you a chance to think further and develop your ideas before you complete your pieces during the second session.

Whenever it feels right, we’ll take some time to talk as a group about what we are creating and feelings that might be attached to this work. It is not a therapy session and we are not actually going to do any dream interpretation, although I will talk a little about how I work with my dreams.

I will have lots of supplies and art materials available to choose from. As your guide, I love to guide you however much or little you want. If you want to explore a medium you’ve never tried before, that’s what I’m here for. Or if you need ideas, tips, or a little direction to get you started, I love doing that too.


When I say, “illustrate dreams,” I am not talking about drawing or painting what you might think of as illustrations for a book or magazine. It’s more like creative ways to tell the story of your dream through artful mediums. You don’t have to be good at drawing or painting. Anyone can do this. All you have to have is one dream you can remember, even if you can only remember the emotion or context of that dream. I’ll show you ways to remember your dreams more consistently, and to elaborate on those great dream stories.

There will be many kinds of supplies, tools and other stuff for us to use to bring our dreams to life. You can bring special stuff too.

Some options:

  • collage with papers, magazines, old books and small objects
  • mixed media painting (acrylic, colored pencils, charcoal, other drawing media) on paper, canvas or wood panel
  • small dream-box assemblages (see photos of one of mine, above — it’s the red one)
  • simple photography and manipulated photos





Thank you for reading this far. Hope to see you at one of my art classes soon. <3