Developing Your Creativity
Creativity and art are as vital to our health as good food, fresh air, and clean water. In these uncertain and stressful times, it is even more important to connect to the natural world as we cultivate and nourish our innate human capacity to be creative.
Everyone has the potential to live a wildly inspired and creative life. But far too often, we fall into old routines and thought patterns that interrupt our creative flow. The goal of this course is to help you recognize that creativity isn’t just for artists, writers, musicians, etc....but that it is a skill you already use everyday. Creativity is flowing through the world around us all the time and we only have to remember how to plug into this vital flow. We will explore the connection between your creativity and nature through outdoor explorations, expression with natural materials, journal reflections, creative activities, and more. You will discover ways to craft meaning and purpose in your life as you reconnect to nature and your creative vision. Everyone from beginners to experienced creators with a sincere desire to explore the topic of creativity are welcome.
NOTE that this class meets for three Sundays (May 16, May 23, May 30) and then a Saturday (June 5).
In this course you will nurture your creative ability in hands-on projects such as: a creativity journal, natural found sculpture, nature mandalas, writing a personal creativity statement, found object sculpture, collage, simple rhythms, and a self-designed personal creativity project. Students will bring their own supplies (see list below).
Three learning objectives for this course:
1. You will grow your capacity for creative thinking by exploring a range of ideas and practices through outdoor explorations, creative exercises, class discussion, a daily creativity journal, and by writing a personal creativity statement.
2. You will experience the different stages of the creative process through projects such as creating an outdoor sculpture, re-envisioning everyday items into found object sculpture, making a mixed media collage, creating basic rhythms, and daily creativity observations.
3. You will develop, design, and produce a creative project that is unique to your vision and expression in the world, such as making an art or craft product, composing a musical creation, developing a writing product, offering visual or dance performance, cooking, arranging, or any other medium of personal expression that calls to you.
While creativity is innate to each of us, we can grow our ability to think and act creatively through regular practice. Upon completion of this course participants will: develop a personal creativity practice; recognize the inherent creativity in yourself and others, and identify characteristics of a creative person that relate to yourself. Through the making of your own creative product, you will better understand problem solving skills within the creative process. This course will help you to envision a whole new inspired way of living in the world.
Journal, writing implements, a few household items you find interesting, collage materials (magazines, books, images, ribbons, botanicals, glue, paper, and cardstock (or cardboard), and any materials that are of interest to your particular field of creativity.
Angie Follensbee-Hall has been a professional artist and yogi for over 20 years. Angie is a mixed media and handmade paper artist inspired by nature, stories, mythology, and the deep mystery of the world. She is a teacher and has led classes, workshops, and teacher trainings in art, yoga, and mindfulness for over 20 years. Angie was born in Sicily, Italy, and has immersed herself in the study of myth and her-story as she reclaims her identity with women’s wisdom traditions. Angie holds a BFA in studio arts, a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in creative practice, and is an exhibiting artist and juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen, The New Hampshire Art Association, and the Vermont Handcrafters. For more about Angie, visit her website.