Overture: Opening to the Creative Process
Overture is a class for anyone interested in expanding and deepening their understanding of the creative process. It offers practical, provocative, and seriously playful strategies for using a personal journal as a creative resource and instrument of self-discovery. The materials and methods for this course include folklore, images, discussions, hands-on activities, and expressive exercises.
By engaging the mind and senses, Overture cultivates empathic self-awareness that is essential to the creative process. Although writing is one part of this course, Overture is less about written expression and more about strengthening the skills necessary to determine and develop creative projects. Participants will learn new ways to address the challenges inherent in the creative process and to identify the myths that shape our lives and give meaning to our work — be it a painting, a poem, or the composition of a life.
Participants should bring a notebook, blank book, iPad, or other “journal” and a writing implement.
Judith Taylor is a visual artist, writer, and teacher whose work reflects her particular interest in the creative process. She has taught OVERTURE at many arts and writers' centers in the Chicago area; at Northwestern University; at The Clearing, in Door County, WI; at ILEAD — Dartmouth's Adult Learning program; at BOOKSTOCK; and through The Learning Lab, here in Woodstock VT.