Friday, September 24, 2010

MadHats & Masks

Shadow Selves & Secret Identities: Sunday, October 10, 1-4pm

Come celebrate your "secret self" and create a quirky, mad hat or mask!

$10-20 sliding scale - no one turned away for lack of funds.

Oaklopolis Creativity Center - 447 25th Street, Oakland (between Broadway & Telegraph)

"To confront a person with his own shadow
is to show him his own light."

- Carl Jung

Its that time of year once again, where the veil between the spirit world and the physical world grows thin...Its also an opportunity to express those darker aspects of our selves through costume and trickery...In this ArtDate, we'll playfully explore and celebrate the shadow archetype and ways in which its repression inhibits our creativity. Rediscover and don your "darker identity" in a safe, accepting, silly atmosphere. Who knew being bad could be so much fun?

Here's a slide show from the last MadHatter Artdate:

Sunday, Sept 12- Muse Cards!

Delve into the mysteries of your own creative power as you court your inner muse through creative collage.
Muse Cards remind us of our divine artistic nature and tell us how to tap our deepest source for inspiration and insight.

Sunday, September 12, 1-3pm
Drop-in: $10-20 (sliding scale)

Oakopolis Creativity Center is located at 447 25th Street between Broadway and telegraph in Oakland.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Art Date Returns! Now at Oakapolis!

Its been a long hiatus, but now ArtDate is back! Beginning September 12, 2010 Blue Fire Muse will facilitate a series of four ArtDates at Oakapolis Creativity Center, located on 25th Street between Broadway and Telegraph in Oakland. Closest BART station is 19th Street, Oakland.

For more information, contact

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

ArtDate takes a Break

Hello ArtDate fans. Some of you may be wondering where our seasonal schedule is, and when we might resume our free-friday night artmaking socials...well, sadly, budget and time restraints have led JFKU's Department of Arts & Consciousness to take a break in our monthly ArtDate series...but if you are completely hooked on exploring your creative free spirit in a supportive group environment, consider our masters program in Transformative Arts or come to our lecture series! For more info go to or contact me at

Thursday, May 14, 2009

ArtDate June 12- Traveling Postcards

This month’s ArtDate celebrates the power of art and story to connect us all. Come contribute a heart-made artwork to a collection of traveling postcards for women around the world. Created and hosted by the transformative artist Caroline Lovell, Traveling Postcards are created to give away, so that every woman who receives one understands that she is cared for, and person who makes one can been seen and heard. Honor a woman you love, make a card in her name, and connect with another woman across the world without leaving your home! All materials provided. Feel free to bring a photo from home to use on your card. A small donation of $5-35 to help Traveling Postcards continue to thrive would be greatly appreciated, but is not required. For more information about Traveling Postcards, please visit

Friday, May 8, 2009

May 8- Playful Spirit: Expressive Movement

Please join us for a creative night of movement inspired art-making! Tonight's ArtDate is all about the Playful Spirit that is found within Expressive Movement. We'll celebrate and explore our individual creative energy through the movements of "the body" using improv, collaborative games, dance, voice and color. Come with an open mind, an adventurous heart and wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes. This will not be overly vigourous or strenous experience, ArtDate is suitable and adaptable for all levels of physical ability. Special guest instructors are Sarah Theismann and Catherine Baumgartner, students in the Department of Arts & Consciousness.

Friday, April 10, 2009

April 10: Collaborative Mandala

Come connect and create in a sacred circle!

This month's ArtDate is a meditative practice using the creative, healing power of the mandala. Derived from the Hindu language, a mandala is a circular design arranged in layers radiating outwards from the center. The mandala has a rich history in many ritual-based traditions. It is found in the Tibetan art, Australian Aboriginal sand paintings, in Hindu cosmology, in ancient Mayan architecture, in Celtic art, and in Native American ritual and art, where earth materials are used for prayer and protection.

You'll create your own exploratory, personal mandala with mixed-media on paper, then share in the collaborative experience of co-creating an Earth mandala with natural materials.

All materials provided, but feel free to bring rocks, leaves, flowers or any other natural materials to contribute.

Friday, April 10
JFKU/ Dept. of Arts & Consciousness
2nd Floor/ Studio 2
2956 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley CA