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University of Creation Spirituality
Doctor of Ministry Degree/Certificate Program

April 2004 Intensive
April 18-23 2004 NC

Art as Meditation: Arts as Contemplative Prayer - #61089

Instructor: Adriana Diaz

Faculty Bio: BA, Art, and Teaching Credential, Calif. State Univ., Hayward, Calif.
MA, Culture and Spirituality, Holy Names College, Oakland, Calif.
Adriana Diaz is the author of Freeing the Creative Spirit, Drawing on the Power of Art to Tap the Magic and Wisdom Within (HarperSan Francisco, 1992). She has been teaching seminars and Art as Meditation for 20 years, on the faculty of both ICCS and UCS. In those years she has also lectured and led workshops internationally. Adriana also works with individuals as a Creative Life Coach and as an Arts Mentor. (www.adrianadiaz.com)

Course Description: The arts have been practiced as forms of prayer for centuries. Yet most of us have been taught to commodify art, and direct prayer into expressions of "please" and "thank you". In this class we will explore the realm of "creative prayer" engaging in the creative processes of visual and written art with intentionality and mindfulness. Through the improvisational process of creativity, one can reach nuances of prayer that are otherwise unavailable. We will be using paint, pencils, markers, and glue. The only pre-requisite is a playful spirit.

Suggested Reading

  1. Freeing the Creative Spirit, Drawing on the Power of Art to Tap the Magic and Wisdom Within, Adriana Diaz, HarperSan Francisco
  2. Free Play, Improvisation in Life and Art, Stephen Nachmanovitch, Tarcher

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