images and thoughts from Sean Kramer
"Humans do not live very long,
and having seen just a part they boast of having seen the whole."
Heraclitus


"We make assertions and denials of what is next to it,
but never of it."
Dionysius the Areopagite

Monday, August 22, 2016

An episode of a radio show I am doing on fariy tales


The Goose Girl - Love and the True Self 

In this show we will meditate on the fairy tale called “The Goose Girl”. We will discover how this fairy tale is a symbolic externalization of one of the main inner conflicts that occurs in the soul of the person seeking love.  


http://www.spreaker.com/user/projectbringmetolife/the-goose-girl-love-and-the-true-self

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

BORDERS, PATTERNS, SCROLLS, etc.
Sean Kramer,
8 Weeks
SA 10 A, Wednesdays 9 – 12 June 1- July 20
SA 10 B, Thursdays 6 – 9 June 2 – July 21
Tuition $310 Materials Fee $75
http://www.sanctuaryarts.org/sa_10.html




Much decorative and folk art is based on a small number of basic shapes and lines, combined to create a great variety of borders and patterns, as well as stylized flowers, birds, landscape elements and more. In this class we will learn these basic shapes and motifs, and principles of rhythmic combining. We will use them to invent and draw borders, patterns, scrolls, and many other forms and designs. Then we will move on to learn fundamental brush strokes and techniques with to create colorful paintings and decorated objects. To first class bring: pencils, drawing paper and/or sketchbook.

CONTEMPLATIVE ART WORKSHOP

CONTEMPLATIVE ART PRACTICES
Sean Kramer,
8 Weeks
Wednesday 6 – 9, June 1- July 20
Tuition $310 Materials Fee $75
http://www.sanctuaryarts.org/sa_9.html




The sessions of this workshop will be pleasantly spent mediating and doing art meditatively. We will begin each class working with our body, breath and mind. Then we will try a variety of contemplative art practices: mandalas and yantras, spontaneous and intuitive art making, working with symbols, drawing our journey, surrealist techniques, and more. The emphasis will be on the process, art as a meditative practice, letting go of the inner critic.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fresco Weekend Workshop

FRESCO PAINTING
Sean Kramer,
One Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, 9 – 4, July 16 & 17
Sanctuary Arts, Eliot, Maine
http://www.sanctuaryarts.org/sa_8.html




The ancient art of fresco painting has been practiced for millennia. The oldest paintings we have evidence of are kinds of fresco. In this course students will work on small scale true fresco projects. They will learn to apply the fresco lime plaster to tile, brick, even walls at home. Fresco painting is done by applying pure pigments to wet plaster. When the plaster dries the paint becomes a permanent part of the surface, resulting in a beautiful, soft matte finish.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Yantra Workshops

One day contemplative yantra workshops:


Beginning with meditation, in the morning each participant will design a yantra, based on principles of sacred geometry.  Using the basic forms of square, circle and lotus petals, triangle and point, each student will design his or her own unique yantra.
In the afternoon the yantras will be painted, using paints hand-made from natural earths and gem stones.

"Yantra" means 'energy-tool'.  The Sanskrit ending '-tra' means instrument or tool--'mantra' means mind ('man') tool; 'yantra' means 'yan' (energy) tool.  A yantra is a kind of mandala whose lines and patterns and colors are tools for organizing and expressing our own energy aligned with the energy of the cosmos and the divine.

The yantras will be made on plastered wood panels, using egg-tempera paint, a technique known as fresco secco.

The workshops usually run from 9am to 5pm.  The cost is $90 for each student (all materials are included).
To organize a workshop, or to check on scheduled dates, contact me at ofegypt2001@yahoo.com or 802-310-1707.









Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fresco Painting Workshop

FRESCO PAINTING
Sean Kramer,
One Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, 9 – 4, February 20 & 21

http://www.sanctuaryarts.org/sa_14.html


The ancient art of fresco painting has been practiced for millennia. The oldest paintings we have evidence of are kinds of fresco. In this course students will work on small scale true fresco projects. They will learn to apply the fresco lime plaster to tile, brick, even walls at home. Fresco painting is done by applying pure pigments to wet plaster. When the plaster dries the paint becomes a permanent part of the surface, resulting in a beautiful, soft matte finish.