What is Creativity?
an Ability...the ability to imagine or invent something new.
an Attitude...accept change and newness, be willing to play with ideas and possibilities, develop an outlook of flexibility and the habit of enjoying the good, while looking for ways to improve it.
a Process...continually strive to improve ideas and solutions, by making gradual alterations and refinements to your works.
Everyone has substantial creative ability. Remember how you were as a child! If someone gave you paint and a brush, you painted. If they asked you to sing, you sang out loud. If they asked you to dance, you danced with joy.
When students leave I hope that they know that their art is more about what happens as they work than the actual work of art itself. Robert Henri author of “The Art Spirit” says, “What we need is more sense of the wonder of life and less of the business of making a picture.”
I want them to know that you have something valuable to say with their art. I lead them through journeys that stretch them from their comfort zone. Some resist vocally, some quietly. I facilitate, they teach themselves so that the projects become internalized with the hope that they can and will continue to grow creatively when they are home.
We explore ways to expand our creativity through a series of exercises including a guided visualization technique, automatic drawing and writing, map making, memoir, and storytelling. Throughout the workshop, the exercises will focus on ways to:
- Become overly curious
- Be childish
- Find inspiration in the world around you
- Discover and use images from the unconscious
- Seek out problems
- Stimulate your perceptive abilities
- Suspend judgment
- Get over the fear of failure
- Celebrate failures
- Give yourself permission to fail
- Give yourself the time to create
- Engage your imagination with life journey memories
- Work collaboratively
- and much more...