The Fine Art of Creative Play Workshop

February 19, 2015

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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 

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