WORKSHOPS

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RECOVERING YOUR CREATIVITY

The Brooklyn Brainery
Saturday, Sept 28th 10-4pm

In this workshop we will identify and reflect on our creative blocks - giving artists across disciplines (visual art, music, writing, design) tools for working through these obstacles in a sustainable way. This workshop is for anyone who needs a gentle nudge to listen to their creative calling!

We will cover:

Creative Self-Worth: How to strengthen your faith in the things you make
Fuel: How to stay motivated without comparing yourself to others
Obligation: How to find time for a creative project you care about
Abundance: How to see new opportunities in your creative profession
Play: How to let yourself experiment and thrive creatively
Champions: How to find people who share your creative values

 
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OVERCOMING SCARCITY MINDSET

Feeling like you'll never have enough time, money, recognition, access, (insert feeling here!) to sustain yourself as an artist? Need to get out of the scarcity-mindset tunnel? This workshop will talk about how to create healthy habits for nurturing your creative practice and working from a place of 'abundance' vs. 'lack.'

In this workshop we will:

  • Look at the research on how ‘scarcity thinking’ impacts the way we work

  • Talk about why creatives are so vulnerable to ‘scarcity mindset’

  • Identify methods for avoiding the ‘scarcity trap’

  • Reflect on ways we feel scarce, and how to actualize abundance in our creative lives

  • Talk about values and priorities as it relates to our work

 
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SELF-PORTRAITS FOR THE FUTURE

October 2020!
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg, TN

In this course students will examine the self-portrait as a means to reflect on identity and experience within a particular context. Students will be shown various 2D/3D material demonstrations including: alginate mold-making, plaster-casting, photocopy-transferring, and mixed media techniques. These methods will give them a jump-start into drawing from and reflecting back the world around them. Each material technique will be paired with a conceptual exercise that will allow students to reflect critically on the history of self-portraiture, and consider how this creative gesture can capture something both personal and universal about a particular time period.

 
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THE CREATIVE MINDSET:
HOW TO VALUE WHAT YOU MAKE


How can I give myself permission to make the things I want? What’s standing in the way of getting my project off the ground?

In this two-hour workshop, we will look at these questions and ideas around creative output and value. Through facilitated discussion and reflection around the topics of ‘creative self-worth,’ participants will identify core negative beliefs around their creativity and gain deeper insights into the roadblocks that stand in their way. The workshop will give students a place to share personal and professional challenges and develop helpful tools for cultivating a creative vs. a competitive mindset.

In this workshop we will:

  • Identify core negative beliefs as they relate to your creative practice (i.e. what do you believe is possible for the work you make?)

  • Discuss creative vs. competitive mindset

  • Map your jealousy - a useful exercise!

  • Reflect on your work patterns - ‘the gas’ vs. ‘the brakes’

  • Identify healthy habits for nurturing your creative output

 
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CREATIVE GRANT WRITING SEMINAR

Learn how to talk about your work and values in this 2-hour introductory course. Through presentations and workshop sessions, we will look at grants that support emerging artists/creatives and talk about how to pitch a project. We'll share important resources, writing samples, and look at meaningful ways to get funding for your creative work.

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ALTERNATIVE DRAWING PROCESSES

Students will explore a range of conventional and non-conventional mark-making methods in this hands-on workshop. Drawing from observation as well as imagination, students will learn the art of stenciling, masking, photo-transferring, and wet and dry medias, learning how to integrate different visual languages of drawing through collaborative and self-directed exercises. Elements of chance and intuition will also play a critical role in this expressive investigation.

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photo credit: Kristen Blush

photo credit: Kristen Blush

COLLECTED IMAGES: THE COLLAGE ARTIST BOOK

Historically collage has offered artists a means to directly engage with the visual refuse of  their time. Through examining, re-organizing, and manipulating this imagery, collage presents a language through which to imagine and realize alternate worlds and relations.  This course will offer students a comprehensive introduction to collage and mixed media practices introduced through collaborative exercises, demonstrations, and project-driven work surrounding the artist book. Students will learn various book forms and methods, and use their own collected materials and findings to explore the book as an active vehicle for their ideas.

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