Create Your Spirit Guide
There is another spirit always present. A shadow, an angel, an intuitive voice that guides your decisions. It’s your spirit guide - your other self. And, to create it in sculptural form is to embrace its power.
This is a 2-1/2-day celebration or your other spirit. You will learn simple sculptural techniques to create a wire armature. Experiment with gestures that express your spirit’s personality. Then add a surface to make it real. Paint or decorate it with colors, textures and objects that symbolize your own aspirations. This is your journey if you're ready to visualize and realize your dreams. Join a small tribe of explorers for this adventure.
Participants are encouraged to bring photos, sketches or other resources. Bring an apron and disposable gloves. You are welcome to bring beads, feathers, or any other surface materials you wish. All other materials will be provided.
TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center is a non-profit dedicated to supporting deep appreciation and connection to nature, community and self, while inspiring stewardship and a dedication to actively care for nature and our planet at large. Through Nature Awareness programs designed for children, adults and families, along with the providing of gathering space for outside enrichment programs, a fertile ground is offered to grow one’s sense of self, community-mindedness and environmental responsibility.
“Chas put words and dimension to realities we've forgotten. His "Meet Your Spirit Guide" workshop took us to that place where we could joyfully manifest the memory and the magic!” - Nancy Valentine Program Coordinator, Lowe House Project, Tubac AZ
“Our small group, 2-day workshop with Chas was hands-on, productive and inspiring. We are all looking forward to taking an advanced class with Chas in the near future.” - Margo Makowicki, Seattle
“Chas is a terrific instructor. Not all artists are good at what they do AND good at teaching. Chas is both. He's fun, easygoing, and generous with his knowledge.” - Terri Wanke, Portland
"Chas’s sculpture class was fun and I was amazed at what great works of art some of the group were able to accomplish in only 2 classes." - Cari Corbet-Owen, Vancouver, WA
"Chas is a patient, generous and supportive teacher that helps translate complicated designs into 3D expressions. In our class of six, he was able to help both experienced and inexperienced sculptors express themselves in beautiful, creative pieces." - Jane Wolfe, Vancouver, WA
“Knowledgeable, supportive, and friendly, Chas was able to help each of us find a path from wherever we started, to something interesting, unexpected, and creative. Chas’s sculpture class guided all of us - in spite of a wide range of experience with the medium (including my own zero experience!) - to expressive creations in 3D space, using a variety of materials." - Thomas V. Robertson, Vancouver, WA
"Chas has creatively identified and possibly unlocked the spirit guide that lives in all of us. To get in touch with that creative force is too soar artistically." - Emil Dispenza, Sarasota, FL
Chas Martin is a sculptor/painter in Portland, Oregon. His path evolved from studies of petroglyphs. Drawings and watercolors quickly became sculptural forms. Join a small group of adventurers to explore and create your own spirit guide. Martin's teaching style is both playful and enlightening. He is a former creative director whose entire career has focused on nurturing the creativity of those around him. Chas is a studio assistant to master sculptor Martin Eichinger. He also maintains his own studio where he mentors other artists and leads classes on watercolor, acrylic and sculpture. He is a former instructor at Boston Art Institute, San Francisco Academy of Art College, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Northwest Academy and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.