Wednesday, February 25, 2015

52 Week Creativity Awareness Curriculum

For as long as I can remember I have moved through this world as a creative. As a child my vivid imagination helped me create worlds I live in, even to this day. As a student throughout my academic journey, creativity has helped me consider ways of being and living and solving problems that gave me a leg up on the ordinary. As a teacher of the young, I was one of 'those' teachers who tended to think outside every shape just to find a way to make the point and capture the imagination of my little ones. As a full time artist, learning to tap into the creative wells that I have discovered has been transformative in my own, unique point of view. And as a human, creativity has given me the tools and methods to achieve a beautiful life and love others in ways I never thought possible.

CREATIVITY has given me the pathway to move from an ordinary life to an extraordinary one.

So how does all of that relate to a class that can help you?

What I found through the practice of using my creativity every day, teaching others in the creative writing fields and the visual arts fields, and teaching the young is that teaching creative thinking and creative awareness is absolutely something that can be taught, can be learned, and can be mastered....even if you are one who feel you have no creative bone in your body. It isn't about drawing realistic, although you could. It isn't about writing a novel, although you could do that too. It is about developing a new way of seeing and moving through the world, and learning ways to apply that knowledge to what and how you live. 

The curriculum I have developed works in a cumulative way. Each week we meet on Monday afternoon in a private classroom on FB, you receive a written challenge based on very specific visual arts and creative thinking skills and practices.  You then move throughout the week seeking out the challenge and following the steps. As your practice grows, you share your insight and discoveries in group and a dialogue about creativity, awareness, perception, and nuance begins to grow. That dialogue is golden. 

Through the dynamic of a support group and accountability classroom, along with the discussions about what it means to live creatively, your creativity begins to expand.

It doesn't take hours to accomplish. It doesn't involve gobs of homework. It simply requires a commitment to learn, an eagerness to share, and a practice to apply what you learn over time.

As the weeks go by, huge shifts will begin to occur and together, we will explore ways for you to apply what you are learning to your writing, to your teaching, to your painting, to your photography, to your business, or to any part of your world where enhanced creative insight can be applied.

You might just find life to be a whole lot more beautiful, a whole lot more fascinating, and a whole lot more full of your own creative wonder!

So who is this class for? 
Teachers (Homeschool Teachers too)
Business Professionals 
And ANYONE wishing to change their mindset that they aren't creative. 

For the beginner, they will learn they are creative.

For the experienced, they will increase their skill sets. 

For the professional, they will gain much greater insight into their own artistic point of view which, when applied, will mean greater knowing and reach in their craft. 

For the Homeschool Teacher or Beginning Art Educator they will learn a visual language and teaching strategy to share with the young. 

So what's the scoop about signing up?

First, you will need a FB account so that I can add you to our secret classroom. (If you are not a fan of FB, you don't even have to tell folks you have the profile, you can join our classroom quietly.)

The entire 12 month program is $120. That is ten bucks a month for a really in depth, practical study of increasing your own creative brilliance!

In the mean time....start counting down the days for our classroom to kick off!!! If you are interested in other online and in person classes that I offer, you can view that info HERE! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Fine Art of Creative Play Workshop

A few weeks ago an email landed in my inbox by the beautiful workshop host,  Lory Newsom, with an invitation to fly to Seattle and teach a workshop. If you could have seen the grin on my face you would have thought the Cheshire Cat was a close relative. Although I am a full time painter, I also teach art to young ones full time, and the opportunity to teach adults once again in person, made my heart full. 

Over the past couple of weeks I pondered and prayed about the concept for this class and around every turn the signs pointed toward teaching artists how to use creative play as a means to increase their creativity and unique voice in their own body of work. Every day I meet artists that are learning lots of skills and styles, but when they walk into their own studios, the thought of tapping into their own point of view and style is daunting. Even experienced artists come to a point where their creative well dries up a bit and they need to refresh their skill  and concept sets. 

The Fine Art of Creative Play is a workshop specifically for artists seeking to learn how to paint from their own creative storehouse and develop a body of work. We will explore the play in mark making, make our own tools, develop ideas based on our life stories, and create paintings that resonate with story, place, and deep, personal connection. I will teach you daily practices that you can apply so that you leave with the confidence to paint what you see, what you remember, and what you imagine. We will paint paper, draw, write, sketch, paint, collage...all in the spirit of work play. 

Because creativity is vital to an artist, especially those who seek to make the creative arts our full time profession,  we will spend a half day diving into some deep discussion about how creativity practices can impact our businesses. I am a firm believer that in opening the dialogue around how to tap into our creativity, how to use it for different purposes, and how to use it to alter our marketing and career paths, we can step up our game in the effort to impact our businesses and our world in the best way. 

Workshop Highlights

Miller School of Art, Seattle, Washington 

July 23-26, 2015
Thursday - Meet, Greet, Setup 2-3
                  Creative Business Talk 3-6
Friday-Sunday - 9-6 (one hour lunch)

3 Days of Intensive Study
1/2 Day of Creative Business Talk
Preworkshop Questionnaire and Goal Sheet
Preworkshop Video
Specialty Supplies
Mark Making Tools
Meet and Greet Ice Breaker

Workshop Fee - $550

Students Will Receive a Supply List

***For those artists coming to the workshop and seeking a one on one video consultation before class, I offer 30 min and 1 hour conferences for an additional fee. This gives me the chance to review your body of work and develop specific strategies to meet some of the business goals you have. It makes the workshop more relevant, but is not required. Artists opting for the consultation tend to be those who are seeking to invest in their business and seek guidance in moving that forward on a professional level. 

30 min Consultation - $85
60 min Consultation - $160 

THE WHOLE SHEBANG OPTION - Gives you the workshop, the one hour consult, and the supplies provided for $800.

****Cancellation Policy -75% refund before June 1st. 50% Refund between June 1-July 1. No refund after July 1 unless the sky falls....but call me. 



Workshop Options 

Supplies Can Be Provided In Full For An Additional Amount - Workshop Supplies Provided Fee $120

For additional ways to work with me and view upcoming classes go HERE

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ceramic Mark Making Tools

Finding a unique mark making tool to me is like finding the Golden Egg on Easter....a prize that puts a smile on my face so wide it might crack open. I constantly seek them out, and lately, I have been making quite a few. Last week, I opted to try making some with ceramics, and I had no idea what I was doing, I just knew I wanted to make some. 

What I gave great thought to were two things: 

1. How they would feel in my hand.
2. The type of mark they would make. 

It was harder than I thought, but I am all about seeking out a challenge, so I mushed and molded and considered what type of mark each design would make. 

I created ones that marked and that could be used for stamps. 

I created ones with little circles and big circles. I even created one with the head of a hawk because I have a thing for hawks....they are good medicine in my world. If I have a deep connection with a tool, I am more likely to use it. 

Below are the finished pieces, and they look a bit like candy lol. 

I played around with them today, made some marks, made some stamps, and overall I am a believer. They didn't all work like I thought, but the surfaces that worked well made me swoon. The weight of them felt really good in my hands too, so that was a win win. 

Here are the test papers where I played around with the marks. Many of the marks are organic type lines, but the pulled print off the marks, that is luscious. They are worth their weight in gold just for the print marking aspect! 

Sample of the marks

Sample of the pulled print marks

After I got finished with those, I made some little weird heads, because I like little weird heads. The ears look as if they would make funny marks. We shall see!

Most likely I will go back to the drawing board and refine my designs but I have to say, as mark making tools go, they are some of my top faves! 

After playing with my tools, I cranked up the Native American flute music and let my heart lead me on a romp. It led me to this piece.....  "Walk of the Cherry Picker" 10"  by 10" acrylic on paper

Lovely way to end a play session. 

Hope you make time for some play in your world these days, it is so very important! 

If you have kids, you can also let them create their own mark making tools out of potatoes, carrots, and broccoli....broccoli makes great tree marks. (just don't eat them afterwards :)

Looking Ahead:
Huge news coming your way about new workshops I will be offering in Seattle this summer and one year long classroom to teach creative awareness! Stay tuned!