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ARCHAEOLOGICAL ART SERIES I: PAINTINGS (LLI 0050) - LLI MEMBERS ONLY: This series (LLI0050) enrolls in three classes at a discount. Includes: Australian Aboriginal Aerial Desert Landscapes (LLI0051), Japanese Sumi Painting (LLI0052), and Navajo Healing Sand Paintings (LLI0053). 

AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL AERIAL DESERT LANDSCAPES (LLI 0051): The Aboriginal culture dates back between 60,000 and 80,000 years with visible rock art dating back 20,000 years. With no written language, Aboriginals created art in order to convey their important cultural stories through the generations using symbols and icons. Their storytelling conveys knowledge, recalls events, and states beliefs through these symbols to each generation, teaching them survival and use of the land. Ann Leslie will use her background as an artist to share these stories and bring meaning to the symbols.

JAPANESE SUMI PAINTING (LLI 0052): Sumi is “Black Ink Painting” where the emphasis is placed on the beauty of every individual stroke of the brush. Originally developed in ancient China, it has spread across Asia with each culture developing its unique version of the style. The ink is derived from carbon soot collected from the inside of kilns where porcelain dishes were fired. It is so permanent that 1000-year-old scroll paintings still look fresh today. By using various densities of black to light gray, artists created subtle, ethnic works of art. Ann Leslie is a long time practicing artist.

NAVAJO HEALING SAND PAINTINGS (LLI 0053): Navajo paintings are called dry paintings because they are created with colored sands. The figures may be symbolic of sacred mountains, legendary visions, ceremonial dances or chants that help in healing and harvests. For healing purposes, paintings allow patients to transform their mental and physical states by focusing on the symbols and stories to reestablish their proper, orderly placement with the forces of life, thus restoring their physical and spiritual health. Ann Leslie has been a practicing artist for many years and has a deep connection with Native American spirituality.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL ART SERIES 2: 3-DIMENTIONAL MATERIALS (LLI 0054) - LLI MEMBERS ONLY: Enroll in this series (LLI0054) and will give you a discounted fee for all three classes in the series: Cherokee Storyteller Gourds (LLI0055), Iroquois False Face Society Masks (LLI0056), and Zuni Guardian Animals (LLI0057). 

CHEROKEE STORYTELLER GOURDS (LLI 0055): The Cherokee tell stories that explain their lives, beliefs, culture, and legends by using dried gourds grown easily in their gardens. The gourds are decorated and often used as everyday objects such as bowls, ladles, masks, rattles, drums, jewelry, mugs, ornaments, and paintings that tell these important stories. The final products are usually enhanced with feathers, fur, shells, pearls, copper, and leather.

IROQUOIS FALSE FACE SOCIETY MASKS (LLI 0056): Every culture has its own version of the “boogie man” and a need for healers. The False Face Society is the best known of the medicinal societies among the Iroquois, especially for its dramatic wooden masks. The masks are used in healing rituals and to drive away evil. What problem do you need to solve? Did you have a monster under the bed that needs to be frightened away, or do you need to make a fearsome mask that would scare away cancer?

ZUNI GUARDIAN ANIMALS (LLI 0057): Native American people believe that everything is alive and that the Rock People are the oldest living things on our planet. For the Zuni People of the southwest, each animal has a job, for example; the bear is a healer and stands for strength & introspection. The horse is also a healer but helps you arrive and return from your journey. Other animals are thought to assist you in protection, leadership, catching game, or resourcefulness. Working from a list of animals and their traits, you will work on your own guardian animal or perhaps one for someone who needs help.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL ART SERIES 3: PAINTING, PEN & INK (LLI 0058) - LLI MEMBERS ONLY: Enroll in the series (LLI0058) and you will receive a discount for the combined fees of the three. The classes are: Plains Peoples Ledger Paintings (LLI0059), Plains People Winter Count History on Bison Skins (LLI0060), and Shaker Spiritual Art (LLI0061). 

PLAINS PEOPLES LEDGER PAINTINGS (LLI 0059): When various tribes of Native Americans were forced into forts and reservations, there was little for them to do. Evolving from Plains hide painting, the people were given ledger books for drawing and painting. Women typically created geometric and stylized designs while men created narrative drawings that flourished between the 1860s and the 1920s. With the ledger paintings as a guide, you will create your own story as we listen to the soft flute music of Carlos Nakai.

PLAINS PEOPLES WINTER COUNT HISTORY ON BISON SKINS (LLI 0060): The various tribes of the Plains Peoples were nomadic, thus carrying written records in any sort of book was impractical for people frequently on the move with very limited storage. In winter, when there was more time available in camp, a man would typically record the events of the past year on buffalo hides. You will record your year, part of a year or perhaps an important event for your project.

SHAKER SPIRITUAL ART (LLI 0061): Just about everyone doodles as did the Shakers. They would fill up the corners of a page or perhaps begin in the center of the page designing a continuous spiral of words and then surround those words with colorful flowers and fruit creating a wreath. Listening to dulcimer music, you will take a meaningful saying and combine it with your own artwork.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL ART SERIES 5: PAINTING, PEN & INK (LLI 1052) - LLI MEMBERS ONLY: Enroll in the series (LLI1052) and you will enroll in all three classes and receive a discount on the fee. Includes: Tibetan Mandalas (LLI1053), Tlingit Guardian Spirit and Tribe Animals (LLI1054) and World Cave Paintings and Petroglyphs (LLI1055). 

TIBETAN MANDALAS (LLI 1053): Mandala means circle in Sanskrit and is a symbolic way of representing the universe and various elements within it such as palaces, kingdoms, mankind, and other cosmic concepts. Mandalas have been used in teaching, as aids in healing and prayer or to assist in calming meditation. Assisted with soft music, you will create your own mandala for peace, harmony, or a symbolic garden to walk through.

TLINGIT GUARDIAN SPIRIT & TRIBE ANIMALS (LLI 1054): Animal totems are animal spirits represented in emblems unique to a tribe, family, or clan. The symbols may reflect the lineage of the tribe and remind people of their ancestry and creation stories. Totems may be carved and painted on buildings or long, wooden upright poles. The spirits are kept alive in the carvings that watch over families, clans, and tribes as guardian spirits and helpers. They are not worshipped, but they inspire great respect. Who would be your helper or what animal would you send to someone who needs help?

WORLD CAVE PAINTINGS & PETROGLYPHS (LLI 1055): For more than 40,800 years, the journey of civilization has been recorded by humans. The adventures and stories of ancient peoples are told by the chipping and pounding marks left on rocks and through paintings in caves and on cliffs. Humans have left their stories on every continent and perhaps under the ice caps at the poles by using the most primitive of tools and their hands. If you had to tell your future family something, what would it be? Whatever you say, it must be understandable now and in the next thousand years.

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