Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Class Two: Painting with Scissors

In this class, we learned about Henri Matisse in the second class of the Art in the Lyceum. We tried to emulate his cut out technique.

I'm loving the dynamic of these art classes.

We have young adults creating art alongside of their parents.

We laugh ...

We cry ...

But mostly we laugh.

Not afraid of making mistakes, we simply create for the joy of it
and enjoy each other's creative talents

and awesome company ...
and Jazz Hands!

Who knows what might happen next week.
A zebra may be involved!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Art classes

Art in the Lyceum is underway! Yesterday marked our first class at the Edmonton Lyceum. The class focus was on Vincent Van Gogh and it seemed to be enjoyed by one and all. Although only a couple people who attended admitted that they were artists, the results of everyone's work seems to suggest otherwise. Don't you agree ...?

Being the meanie, I assigned homework. Everyone is to complete a self portrait for next week. It'll be fun to see the results!

The Edmonton Lyceum is a community of learning with members of all ages and phases, promoting the recognition of each individual's innate genius.

Take another look at the class at ART DE ME.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Artist's block: 12 steps to recovery

A friend recently asked me what to do about Artist's Block. I have had this problem plenty of times too, so here is what I suggested. You can call it Dawn's 12 Step Artist Block Program!

1. Art Journal: If you don't already keep one, start an art journal. It doesn't have to be Teesha Moore-ish, it can simply be a notebook where you jot down ideas, impressions, etc. You may not use these ideas, in a week from now or even 5 years from now, you just may.

2. Spend time with other creative minds: even if it's just talking on the phone or going out for coffee, seeing their work, encouraging one another, talking art etc.

3. Go to a library: Take a cup of coffee or tea with you and spend time in the art section and just pull a bunch of random art books. Everything from the old masters to modern day artists .. anything that speaks to you. Also check out the craft books. Even though you aren't a crafter, somethings you'll find one small thing in a book that will trigger a great big, wonderfully fantastic, unique idea! Borrow as many library books as you can!

4. Go online: Visit your favourite artists' blogs and websites. What are they doing now? What have they done? Anything pique your interest? Also search the web for artists that you've never seen before. A good place to start is on your artist friend's links. Some of us like to call this web browsing Research and Development ~ sounds all official and important like, doesn't it?

5. Take this advice from Vincent Van Gogh on Facing a Blank Canvas: "Just slap anything on when you see a blank canvas staring you in the face like some imbecile. You don't know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas is, which says to the painter, ‘You can't do a thing’. The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerizes some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves. Many painters are afraid in front of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares and who has broken the spell of `you can't' once and for all.” (Letter to Theo van Gogh, October 1884)

6. Look through your own stash of art magazines and books: I know you have a bunch squirrelled away. Revisit some of your books and art magazines that you haven't gone through lately. Something inspired you to purchase them in the first place. What was it?

7. Visit an art gallery: Public, private, and university art galleries ~ all are excellent resources!

8. Teach an art class: You may not think you have enough credentials to teach an art class. Pshaw! Don't listen to your crazy inner critic here! Do you love art? Is there something that you do (or have done) that you could teach at a local community centre? If you feel intimidated by adults, teach children. They are very receptive to learning new artsy things and they're fearless. Go for it!

9. Take a Road Trip: Drive to the mountains. Breathe the fresh air deeply. Do some sketches of God's creation around you. Relax. Unwind.

10.Clean your art space: You're thinking, "What a nasty suggestion!" as you look at the massive mess you call your studio. Take just a little time to work through the piles of stuff on your studio's floor and counters. You may find an item or image that will spark a creative thought. Maybe you'll find something that you had some amazing plans for. And maybe, just maybe, you will actually use it!

11. Be Silly: From time to time, just take the time to be silly. Let's face it. There are plenty of opportunities in this life to be serious. Why not simply PLAY. This can be anything from a going a dress up party to joining an Improv group to hosting a PJ/Old Movie Night. Just do it!

12. Continue to seek out creative people: Making friends with new creative people and observing them in their environment; their homes ~ even their interior design can activate your creativity. So much so, you will hardly be able to contain yourself ~ wanting to get back to your art studio and start producing!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chickie Journal

Here's a small sampling of photos

of the Chickie Journal

that I created

especially for ~

my friend, Lisa

Canadian Chickies ART Journal Swap was sponsored by Canadian Chickies.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Strange things happening ...

As the lights turns red and the little light up man tells us it is safe to walk our Edmonton Improv agents casually dressed in their day to day clothing preform for our audience (the cars stuck at the light in front of us) a short choreographed dance routine. Watch it happen here ...

October 3, 2009
City of Edmonton
Jasper Avenue and 105 Street