She, StoryTeller: The FairyTale Framework + Textured Painting

  • 31st Jul, 2024
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm (AEST)
  • Laneway learning at City Art
    512 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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$20 AUD + BF
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This class is part of She, Storyteller a series for all women (and women-identifying) who want to unpack the stories that have been told to us, the stories that we’ve believed and the stories that we wish to write for ourselves moving forward. 

Over three classes, three fairytale-orientated, narrative processes are paired with grounding, hands-on craft activities to promote reflection and connection, as we follow a breadcrumb trail back to parts of ourselves that got lost along the way.

What will we cover?

Our starting point for getting curious about the psychological function of fairytales and exploring the language of symbolism. This class involves exploration of the fairytale ‘blue-print’, followed by all things fantastical and symbolic, before arriving at a deeper meaning that contributes something of importance to us in the here and now.

This is our introduction to stories as a tool for sense-making within a world that doesn’t always make sense.

What will we craft?

To help us process, release, retain, grow or reflect over the content and information given to us, we have paired each class with a 45min low intensity craft workshop. All crafts have been planned to be mindful, relaxing and soul-nurturing.

This first session will be paired with colourful abstract textured painting using modelling paste. You’ll explore colour mixing, paste making and and spatula painting.

Additional Information

  • The workshops interconnect as the content builds from one to the next. However, each workshop also offers stand-alone value and can be taken individually if that is the preference.
  • The workshops are geared towards women who love story as a medium and are interested to explore how fairy-tale symbolism might apply to life ‘on the ground’. This is an adult learning space and is not intended to be therapy or art therapy.
  • Connection and reflection are the two aims of the series. Regarding ‘connection’, you can expect the following: friendly faces, chatting and being together, absorbing information about symbolism and fairytales, drinking tea and doing craft with like-minded women.
  • This is a “self-work”, classroom style set up and not a deep sharing space or a women’s circle. You will not be required or encouraged to share information that is deeply personal to you.

Who will be teaching? 

Lisa Ritchie (she/her) is a Counselling Psychologist
and University Lecturer with a passion for myth and story. Alongside
her teaching and counselling work, she delivers workshops on the
psychological impact of fairy tales, exploring their symbolism and
relevance through a narrative and Jungian lens.

Lisa works with individuals seeking meaningful change and increased
levels of thriving in her private practice based in the eastern suburbs
of Melbourne. Outside of work, she is often found with her head in a
book or lost on a hiking track somewhere on the outskirts of Melbourne.
You can follow her on Instagram at @the_story_psych

Maria Yebra (she/her) is the general manager of
Laneway Learning, a serial crafter and a lifelong learner. She enjoys
creating experiences and events to grow and flourish personally and as a
cohesive community.

She loves to teach and learn new creative practices as well as
tending to her 300 plants, 3 cats and 4 chickens. You can follow her on
Instagram at @malayebra.

This event is possible
thanks to a connected neighborhoods grant from City of Melbourne and
will happen at City Art, managed by Creative Spaces.

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Any other questions or ways we can assist with accessibility? Just shoot Maddy (she/her) an email at