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University of Creation Spirituality
Doctor of Ministry Degree/Certificate Program

May 2004 Intensive
May 23-28 2004 NY

Art as Meditation: Tapates: Central American Earth Mosaics - #61033

Instructor: Jennifer Hereth

Faculty Bio: Jennifer was an art-as-meditation teacher several years ago at UCS building tapates and will share photos of tapates UCS students went home to build with their churches, men and women's groups, etc. Jennifer Hereth taught painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for 17 years. She is currently head of the Painting Department at the College of DuPage and Visiting Lecturer at Dominican University in Chicago. Jennifer has had several museum exhibitions in this hemisphere and received a three-year Kellogg Foundation Grant for studies between North and South America during which time she did several public art projects in Brazil. In 1999 she was named one of "100 Women in Chicago Making a Difference". In 2000 Jennifer won the outstanding volunteer award from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for a program where her painting students illustrated the poems of homeless poets and gifted 200 paintings to the poets in this shelter project.

Course Description: Tapates, Brazilian & Guatemalan Ritual Sawdust Carpets

During the course of this week we will learn about the tradition of building tapates, large temporary ritual carpets made out of sawdust and used as part of the Easter holidays and Corpus Christi celebrations in Brazil and Guatemala. Students will see slides and videos which Jennifer Hereth took while participating in these holidays in Brazil. Students will also be given information about similar rituals in other cultures of the world and some suggestions of some small-scale applications of these rituals. Students will be taught to dye the sawdust, design the carpet, build a large scale tapate as a community and then process thru it as part of a closing event.

Course Fee: $10.00

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