College and University Courses
Cosmology as Creative Process
Fundamentals of Art
Liberatory Lines is a studio art course engaging multiple drawing techniques and inspirations. Students will become familiar with a wide range of approaches, histories and techniques for using line and pattern on paper and use drawing as emotional release, drawing as social practice, drawing as observation, drawing as meditation, drawing as play, drawing as politic and drawing to re-imagine the future. Students will walk away being able to draw realistically from life and stylistically from dreams. Students will have a steady sketchbook practice and the ability to complete large-scale drawings.
A cosmology is a map of a world view: how someone situates themself in relation to other beings, to the land, and to the cosmos. This course examines ancient and contemporary cosmologies as an artform that can both image the ethno-historical moment of a person and their culture as well as re-imagine it. Students will generate drafts of their own cosmologies while learning basic drawing and painting techniques from life and from the imagination. No previous studio art experience is necessary and any creative practices held by the students are built upon and welcomed.
An introductory course that investigates the visual elements and principles of art via lectures, readings, films, and hands-on experience. It also examines, in the same manner, historical styles and themes in art as well as materials and techniques. Given various techniques of instruction – including projects, lectures, critiques, writings, and quizzes – students will be able to identify the formal characteristics and historical contexts of given cultural objects, make their own meaningful objects, and articulate the matrices of meaning that such objects intersect. (written by Janet Owen Driggs for the Cypress College Catalogue).
Workshops and Consultations
I facilitate a workshop called White Accountability with the Four Elements, a unique blend of earth-based learning modalities and critical race education. White Accountability is an interactive introduction to white privilege and allyship that moves participants through earth, fire, air and water to understand, take responsability for, and process white supremacy culture in our personal lives and in our larger society in the US. Any racial identity is welcome to attend and share. Great for organizations and community groups.
Artist and Counselor Randi Burley and I co-facilitate a Critical Pedagogy workshop to contextualize and engage people's experiences of power in daily life and institutions. Participants examine the visible and invisible values, philosophies & beliefs promoting white cultural supremacy and oppressing non-white cultures and persons in education. This workshop unpacks privileges, re-learns the histories and herstories of people of color in the US, and creates action plans for dismantling racism in institutions and interpersonal relationships.
Moon Visioning is an intuitive healing art to guide you in mapping visions that will bloom your ideal life of this planet. Each individual or group session begins with breathing techniques to relax the participant before going into a guided meditation to access intuition, connection to ancestor and earth, and highest/deepest self. We then apply various creative and therapeutic exercises to help the participant tap into their soul path and articulate what is their current step in healing triggers, traumas and anything else holding them back while welcoming in visions and ideal scenes. Each session parallels the current state of the moon as a rhythym that cyclically helps us to envision, act, reflect, and release/celebrate. Contact Sarita today to schedule your skype, phone or in-person session. Most sessions last between 1 and 2 hours and are effective ways to improve happiness and balance in one's life.
In 2014, David Whitaker and I started a DIY PhD for ourselves, desiring a rigorous and creative higher education program without the material and disciplinary contraints of an institution. Our DIY Education courses - ranging from a 10-week series to a 3 hour workshop - offer techniques for anyone to begin discovering and articulating their own DIY Education. This way of learning is an alternative to Western institutional education that separates mind and body. DIY Education can incorporate ancestral, intuitive, spiritual, earth-based, and body-centered ways of knowing and is open to anyone, irregardless of their previous degrees or lack thereof.