Summer Art Program – Expressions of the Divine

Summer Art Program at South Congregational Church

1301 Forbes Street, East Hartford, CT  

Expressions of the Divine

This program will fulfill the final project requirement for my certification as a Spiritual Director.   

What is Spiritual Direction:  The purpose of spiritual direction is to deepen one’s relationship with God/the Divine through companionship with another seeker or seekers.  It can be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one.  My goal, as a Spiritual Director, is to help individuals develop an authentic way of being in relationship with the divine.

What is Expressive Art?  Through guided meditation, participants in this program will be invited to use imagination and intuition to bring forth impressions and images which are then translated into physical form using a variety of creative materials including paper, paint, stencils, images cut from publications, found images, fabric scraps, etc. 

Who should attend?  Spiritual seekers who are interested in exploring their inner spiritual life through expressive art.  Participants will create images that reflect their interpretation of one of these aspects of the Divine:  1) Creation; 2) Incarnation; 3) Inspiration.  There will be a $5.00 fee to cover the cost of materials. NO ARTISTIC ABILITY NEEDED.  Expressive art is non-representational; there is no need for traditional art skills such as drawing ability or color theory. 

At the end of the summer sessions, student works will be displayed in an art show to which the church and local community will be invited.  Each artist will provide a brief, written narrative about their works and their experience.  As part of the program, participants will be offered the opportunity for a one-on-one session with the Spiritual Director to discuss what may have come up for them as a result of this exploration. 

Time & Dates:  

Saturday programs will be from 10:00  am – 12:00 pm in the library at SCC

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Saturday, July 30, 2022    

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Saturday, September 17, 2022 – Reception for Art Show Opening in the Library      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

How do I sign up?  Each session is open to a maximum of 6 participants.  Registration is below.  Payment is due at the time of registration.  

Who is Janice Olson?   Janice is a friend of and frequent guest at South Congregational Church.  She is a certified yoga instructor, retreat leader, and former relationship manager in the financial services industry.  She enjoys contemplative spiritual practices and seeks to help others find their way to deepening their relationship with the Mystery known by many names and many faces.  In addition to her spiritual interests, Janice is also a gifted crafter and artist who enjoys baking, drawing, painting; she is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher.  She and her husband, Pete, spend summers in Wethersfield, CT and winter at their home in Apalachicola, FL.   

For more information, feel free to contact me at (860) 985-1883 or by email janiceolson756@gmail.com.