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Michelangelo- A Constant Learner

27 Feb

Image credit: abcgallery.com

Image credit: abcgallery.com

Club Creative Studio- Creativity QuoteLearning is continual and constant and creative learning is an individual  journey.  What can we learn from the above quote from the great Michelangelo?  Whether you are an emerging leader or artist. If you are a seasoned veteran at your craft, there’s always more to learn and new ways to grow within that field . At 87 years old, Michelangelo said it well: Ancora imparo (“I’m still learning).

Club Creative Studio appreciates the learning curve and supports curious minds in pursuit of creative knowledge.  Like Michelangelo,  the continual association with learning can be a passion and a reality to get the know=how to become better at something. Learning opens doors to growth and opportunity.  What do you think that Michelangelo at age 87 meant when he said “I am still learning.”  Do you think that he meant to express that he did not know it all? Did he perhaps imply that there is so much to learn about so many topics in the span of a lifetime?

Thinking about this quote today, what do you think this quote would mean to you if you were near the age of 87 versus now at the age you are now? 

This quote is great for many reasons if you ask me. It gives me a sense of wonder that the love of learning is a gift at any age, as well as a part of our life at any stage.  We simply can’t know or experience everything in our life-time.  We are in a constant revolution of thoughts and learning episodes.  We learn from our own life and from each other’s journey. We face trial and error daily and we are on a vicious cycle to catch up with the new as we hold onto and learn from the past.

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, known commonly as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance Artist: sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer who exerted unparalleled influences on the development of Western art.

This quote comes to mind for me whenever I attempt a new skill and I have much to learn.  Although we look at the list of talents Michelangelo shared with us, he had to have known that with each of his creative jumps, came a humbling thought that it was all  a learning process. 

My life and creative offerings take on a personal spin from what others have done on as well.  Each creative process brings me to the realization that I can be comfortable with my level of expertise but, I can also take notice that with each topic at hand, I have opportunities to learn even more.  Taking time as an example, to attend more art classes, workshops, seminars, teleseminars and hands-on lessons, I have gained a newfound love for learning once again.  I can take time to slow down for instruction from others.  I don’t have to learn it all by myself.  In this same light as Michelangelo, I can say today that I too am still learning. Still learning new techniques, skills, people, traits, still learning about history, present day events, creative expressions, and still learning the best way to learn.

As your learning adventure marches on, what can you share about the level of excitement of continual learning?  Share your comments below, we’d love to hear about your challenges, and success stories about learning something new that helped you grow creatively.

Creativity: Where Is It?

29 Jan

Thomas Merton quote.

Thomas Merton quote.

Club Creative Studio has a few questions for you to ponder today.  Concerning CREATIVITY…do you know where it can take you?  Hopefully you do not have to look long or hard to find it. Creativity can be found within yourself or within others.  So knowing that; where is it? Do you know where to look or who to look at? Do you know what it can do for you? Where it will lead you?

Discovering creativity levels within yourself or others is a growing and learning process.  As the quote from Thomas Merton suggests, art  (or creativity in general) enables or allows us to find ourselves. We can discover what is deep within us or at the top of the surface.  Merton also goes on to say in the quote that we can also lose ourselves at the same time, meaning that we can set ourselves free and experience creativity at its fullest, not paying much mind of other things going on around us. Creativity never grows old or goes out of style. Creativity may grow stale but we can always revive it and relive it and improve.

Creativity Never Goes Out  of Style

One place to start looking is quite obvious. Merely look ALL AROUND! Yes! Creativity is all around us, I have always said this many times. Open your eyes to discover the unique qualities of life around you. How can you get lost in creativity and where will it lead you?

While I was a classroom art teacher, everyday I would strive to stress in my students the importance of seeing creativity around us. Expressing it and experiencing creative venues gave our students the chance to see where creativity could take them.  Maybe they were introduced to a new concept. Maybe they found a new talent or practiced a new skill. Perhaps during our lessons, they grew appreciative of other’s creative efforts or served as inspiration to another as they expressed their own creative thoughts.  Taking extra steps to recognize where creativity is affords us the opportunity to search it out when we need it.

Where will creativity take you? The creative journey can be as long and as exciting as you make it out to be. It can be shared and appreciated.  A creative journey does in fact allow you to find yourself, express yourself and understand yourself. Creativity also lends the opportunity to get lost in the process, lose track of time and lose our inhibitions and fears about art or any other creative thought process or expression. Dance, prose, visual arts, theatrical arts etc., they all are expressions of creativity that take us to places we have never seen before. Relish in the creative process. Look around to gain it and foster it to grow it.

The aspect I love the most about being an artist is the fact that what I create can be shared and appreciated. While creating, as I continuously find myself and lose myself in art, I also get the thrill of giving and sharing art.  To view results of  my creativity, please take time to view creations on the website. The inventory is updated and evolving often.  The creative spirit is there to inspire, appreciate and best of all, purchase! Enjoy! http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

 

Creativity Takes Courage

21 Jan

Creativity Does Takes Courage.

Creativity Does Takes Courage.

Creativity does take courage.

The Club Creative Studio blog today has a focus on five of the top reasons why I believe this is true. Can you think of anything to add to the list?

  1. Being creative demands that you “put yourself out there”.  It takes bravery to express yourself as an individual.
  2. Being creative explores unknown results.  Courage is needed to chart unfamiliar territories and step outside the box.
  3. Being creative requires a level of risk.  Creativity has a risk of failure and success.
  4. Creativity is a give and take experience.  Creativity gives satisfaction to self and others. Creativity also includes a part of the creator’s soul.
  5. Creativity has an element of investment.  Being creative uses invested supplies and a time commitment.

These are the very reasons among others, that I am dedicated to Being Creative Everyday!

It is not easy to be the one that always stands out in a crowd.  But, it is probably the most satisfying result of having courage to create.  Expressing uniqueness is something that anyone can learn to be comfortable with.  When a creative person sits down to focus on a task at hand, they do so with the thought that the results are going to be unpredictable.  I love knowing that my creative endeavors are all part of my wonderful journey.  The path can take on twists and turns as fast as the ideas spark.  The exciting part of creativity is that it can evolve and proceed in many new directions.

Being creative always as an element of risk involved.  I know that my success and failure rates are experienced in record amounts. Creativity is a learning process.  It is an expression as unique as the individual.  While any creative person dedicates a part of their soul to their art, creativity does not always take away from the creator. Creativity expressed and shared gives greatly to those willing to receive and reach out to connect with another’s creative ways. For me, Being Creative Everyday is not only my personal and business model canvas mantra, it is also a means to the end result of being the best I can be in creating art and sharing it with others.

My hope for you today is to find a way to be creative and thrive in your own level of creativity.  The spirit of creativity lives within you, find what it takes to spark it, and see what it can do for you!

A Group Art Prompt

16 Aug

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Club Creative Studio would like to highlight the creativity of a small group of people in this TNT (This-N-That) blog post today.

New Bridge Middle School in Jacksonville, North Carolina was the setting for creativity at the summer Leadership Camp. Five young artists and their instructor led efforts for a group art project . The collaborative works will be proudly displayed.

Take a look at the creative process in the video on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio , and you will see how all parts DO make the whole. This is a project that may inspire you to do in your own way because it is rewarding at all stages of development.

Thank you to the participants and the instructor, and acquaintance Mr. Bernie Rosage, Jr. He will certainly agree that this group art project was created with pride and joy.

Get inspired! This over-all project display technique can be replicated in a variety of canvas sizes, as long as they are anchored securely before and after your wall placement. It reminds me of a puzzle. Happily, their theme is NOT puzzling!

What did you think? Share your thoughts here!

From “Junk” To Jewerly

3 Jul

Club Creative Studio loves an artistic challenge.

Looking at items in a different way opens doors to creative thinking and possibilities.  Yesterday on my way home from a run, I found a few unrelated yet wonderful items that I just knew I could combine and connect in some manner.  It seems that if I can’t make jewelry from items, I want to at least do something else creative with it. I picked these items off the street as misplaced “junk” and knew that with a little TLC, it could be turned into jewelry.  As I looked at the findings for a split second,  I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to try using the old discarded metal spoon and the glass heart fob.

I thought this project topic would make a great TWO-CENT TUESDAY post since the found components were very low-cost… FREE from my discovery. As soon as I picked up the items I thought: “Finders…Keepers”, what a lucky day for me to have an opportunity to turn junk into jewelry. Although they were random items to find on a street, I thought that  I found real TREASURES!  And FREE to boot!

Finding materials that are uncommon or are actually considered to be “found” objects are great because you can’t beat FREE! Plus, it pushes your imagination to be creative.  To put strange and unrelated items together is the ultimate challenge to figure out how to take something low-cost and turn it into something of actual worth or visual value to someone.

Looking at a spoon and a glass fob like these, would you know what you would initially do with them to transform them into a new and useful item?  Happily, I share what I did as I envisioned using these items to make another unique one-of-a-kind jewelry art piece.  What do you think of stage two?  I added wire and glass beads to the end section of the spoon.

with a few more additions, I was able to complete my necklace.  Using red and white hand-rolled clay beads, additional glass beads, a few formed glass heart beads and silver-tone findings and charms, the necklace is now a unique item.  Let me know what you think!

Whenever I am asked to create a custom piece, I love the challenge just as I enjoyed bringing this vision to life.  For more creative creations visit the website or drop me a line to let me know your specific jewelry needs. It’s always a thrill to create from recycled or found objects so I welcome your challenges.

http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

The Waiting Game

10 May

Smile during your creative process.

Today’s TNT (This-N-That) post from Club Creative Studio is about technique in your creative process. I often find myself playing “the waiting game”.  You know what this means to an individual on a daily basis. We wait in line, we wait for the mail to come, we wait in traffic, we wait for the dryer to signal the clothes are dry. We wait for the text response, we wait for something to download, we WAIT, WAIT, WAIT!

But wait there is more waiting if you are an artist!  It is what we do with that “wait time” when we are creatively working that is important.  When an artist has down time, time in which we have to wait for something to dry, wait for something to stick together, wait for something to cure, melt, mold, bake, even sell… we need to also occupy that time to be productive.  And guess what?  An artist usually fills their wait time with something that takes even more time to wait for, right?

I often find myself doing tasks in the studio that involve multiple skills, steps or focus.  It is just part of the nature of the beast of putting constructions together, that forces us to wait for one step to be completed before another is started.  Multitasking is nothing new.  Multi-focus is the skill that is in question.  Being able to move from one task to another quickly is productive if you are organized, goal-oriented, and patient.

Organize your stuff!

Organization

When your supplies and work space are organized, your efforts become smooth and there is less time dealing with details that waste time.

Organization offers the flow of creativity because you can see more clearly and tools are readily at hand where you expect them to be.

Order in your space allows you to see the process in front of you without distractions.

Striving to be more organized can form habits that are productive in day-to-day activities outside of your craft.

Set your goals.

Goal-Setting

Being goal-oriented means you have a focus and outcome in mind.  Sometimes in art, that has to be general since we want the over-all outcome to be creative, not totally predicted.

Knowing what you want to do at the start of a process stems from being organized and also grows out of having the foresight of knowing what supplies you need to begin step one.

Inspiration and goals can be used together to give you a mental snapshot of where you want your project to head.  Envisioning the plan and product together sparks creativity.

Patience

No doubt about it deadlines and creativity sometimes do not mesh well but, being patient does have its rewards for reaching a time related task.

Setting the pace for creativity will manage your time more effectively.  Leaving room in the day for trial and error accounts will be less stressful and more successful.

I practice being patient by moving from one task to another.  I try not to get too frustrated with various steps of a complicated or intense project at hand because of those little breaks.

Take into account what your starting point and ending points look like.

Are you organized?

Do you know your goals for your creative process?

Are you patient?

I would like to end this post by sharing one idea that helps me pass time in between projects.  The focus on the REWARD, which is different from the word GOAL.  As a “reward” to myself as a job well done creatively and in celebration of an accomplished task, I take time to savor.  Chocolate and tea work for me!

My “pick-me-up-reward beverage” choice is sweet tea!

Let us know what you do in your daily “waiting game” challenges.  Do you have a routine or helpful hint for others that explains why you can be more creative during the times you have to wait in between steps of a project?  We’d love for you to share your thoughts below in a comment. Thanks for stopping by the blog,  Good luck in your creativity today!

M is for Milestones

13 Apr

Club Creative Studio has a focus on creativity and today’s post topic is about expected CREATIVE MILESTONES.  The A to Z blog challenge has me blogging with a topic each day beginning with an alphabet letter.  Today’s letter “M” stands for milestones. Dealing with child development, do you know the creative milestones children strive for from ages 0-6?

Milestones in child creativity development are important.  As your child scribbles with crayons, chalk, pencils or markers and the like: they are developing their creativity. As they make collages with papers, noodles or buttons, etc., they are developing in creativity.  Whatever the craft or activity like building with blocks or playing with puppets, a child is taking the time to develop ideas about the world and they are learning new ways to communicate thoughts, feelings, interests. They can build upon these skills later in life.

My daughter concentrates on painting gloss on her beads.

As naturally creative children grow, so do their abilities.  Children begin to express their feelings, and ideas in visual ways.  Although there is a wide range of what is “normal” when it comes to creative expressions of children, there are things that you can do as an adult to encourage creative growth and ability to have children reach creative milestones.

 Possibly the best way you can support a young child in growing creativity is to foster and encourage their own sense of creativity and love of art-making and creating.  Offer praise in the form of approval of the process over the finished product. building confidence and then later building on skill level is the key to development of creative confidence.

Creative thinking skills generally develop in stages and ages. Remembering variety from child to child, take a look at suggestions for what you might do after what you may view.

Here are some things to look for that your child may do, with actions that you may support.                                                                        

Ages 0-2:   
Notice light and dark colors, shapes, movement, texture and patterns. Point out visually interesting sights and talk about them
Use senses, and feelings and interpret the world with them.  Share books with many illustrations or photographs
Communicates with gestures, facial expressions and cries.  Encourage child to observe carefully
Communicates with words and phrases.  Encourage with expression
Begins to scribble after 15 months or so.  Offer appropriate art items that are easy to hold for small hands
 
Ages 3-4:      
Discover making marks on paper represents an objects feature.  Offer blocks, crayons, finger paint, new materials=new ways
Draws recognizable shapes and combinations of those shapes.  Avoid suggestions that imply a “correct” way of expression
Creates with a specific intention: wanting to draw a  (item). Be enthusiastic , your interest is an influence to confidence
 
Ages 5-6:      
Attempts graphic symbols to represent objects.  Celebrate the arts mount and display art in prominent places
Developing a personal style.  Listen to their stories about their art, help them expand thoughts
Visually represents emotions such as joy, sadness, anger.  Accept self-expressions and preferences to express art mediums
Creates more complex pictures,stories and scenes.  Date art or make notes to document clearly

 

When your child becomes school aged, visit the classroom to see first hand progress through their paintings for example.  Support their developments with ongoing learning from home. Foster their creativity, independence and thoughts expressed through art to help them grow up, develop in creativity and reach their creative milestones.

 

Top This: Creative Cake Toppers

29 Nov

Club Creative Studio shares creative information and this post has a focus on the creative cake topper.  As I celebrate my silver wedding anniversary, I am thinking of the memories I have of my own wedding 25 years ago.  We had a traditional cake topper with a few hand-made elements.  Today, I can inform you or remind you that you have many options far from the traditional style.  If you have ever thought of bringing humor into the reception, via the cake topper…then you may appreciate the photos I share from my search finds.  Enjoy.

These are definitely building blocks to start a good marriage.

Stop that run-away-bride.

What a catch...will she throw him back?

High five for getting hitched!

Well..soccer IS important too after all.

At least the sign does not say: "I am with stupid".

Cold feet from this groom?

This bride has kissed her last frog and will marry her prince!

Repurpose Your Pencils

4 Oct

Welcome to the blog site of Club Creative Studio where I share information on the topic of CREATIVITY.  My personal mantra is: Be Creative Everyday and I find many other people who have a desire or action plan to do the same in their artistic day.

As a specific topic today, I would like to share a few images that I found from various places online that repurpose pencils.  Let’s get to the point…If you have a collection of sharpened or non sharpened pencils the point is that you can do more with it than just draw. Here are a few examples of creative things others have done with pencils.

I love the texture, dimension and unique look of using an everyday item in a very different and unexpected way. The artist is unknown  in this work but it is a sample visual prompt in a lesson plan for students to begin the same type project.  I found this visual at: communitypencils.com.

We should already know the importance of recycling.  Added to the reasons why we should protect our environment and resources is the fact that we can also make art from recycled materials.  It is great to be able to challenge ourselves to use what is typically not reused and might be recycled rather than put in landfills.

By collecting broken, chewed, or different sized pencils, you can glue them together end-to-end and side-by-side to form an interesting surface texture like the above art with added acrylic paint applied.  Think of adding additional items like broken toys or metal objects to complete a college that has a unique look.

It’s interesting to note real pencils upon closer inspection, since they are subtle from afar.  Are you ready to start collecting your pencils to transform your next art project?  These pencils are applied as non-sharpened pencils, however can you imagine what a chair would look like if sharpened pencils were applied in the same manner to a place where you would actually sit?  Well, you don’t have to imagine too hard since I found an interesting photo of such an item for you to admire and perhaps even question.
OUCH!
I am not willing to sit in this created chair but, I would love to see it in person. I love that is so creative!

Image:daringideas.com

 For your information as well, the creativity continues from use of the shavings of pencils.  I did something similar to this when I was in grade school in my own spare time.  I wonder if I invented it?  I made a vase from half of a toilet paper roll and added flower blooms made from my color pencil shavings.  I am pretty sure the framed creation is hanging in a bathroom at my Mother’s home!  Never the less, it is a creative use of what would have been thrown away.  Recycling can be used as an artful challenge and can sure bring about beauty in the same time from the results.

Image: craftziners.com

To view more creative art with repurposed items incorporated visit: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com
 

Feature Friday- Beautiful Beads

19 Aug

I posted on the Club Creative Studio Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ClubCreativeStudio a photo of small plastic disks.  The disks are used in golf as markers for golf ball placement and they are pushed into the ground and stay put by the protruding part in the middle of the disk.

I use golf markers differently

I pose the question:  What might someone do with this item that is different from it’s intended use?  How creative can you be?  Think hard. Do you know a way that a common item can be used differently to help you?

I recently posted  a great definition of creativity on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/clubcreativeart “New thinking leads to new possibilities.”  I do believe that you need to be able to open up to new experiences to gain the opportunity to see things in a different light.  Also, being brave is a big part of creativity.  One has to step out-of-bounds to experience a different view from the world of rules and expectations. When speaking and referring to creativity, risk-taking is a desired characteristic.  Being strong and willing to look deeper with new materials and techniques is what can transform creative juice into a totally new concoction.

I have used a common golf marker disk in an uncommon way in art.  The disks now help me in my business because it makes a job easier.  It was a challenge for me to take a photograph of a bead because of its potential to roll.  It  is now an easier task for me as I conveniently place an individual bead onto the golf placement disk.  It is held secure, still and is a solution to better picture-taking.  The ease and swiftness of  attaching my bead leads to a smooth photography session, and ultimately a better photograph.  Yeah for thinking outside of the box and making it work for my needs.

Club Creative Studio Hand-Rolled Clay Beads

Enjoy admiring the details of my hand-rolled polymer clay beads. I enjoy creating one-of-a-kind, limited count beads in various sizes, shapes and with hand-mixed colors.  You will find some beads are also hand-glossed and some are left sanded and in their natural state after baking.  These wonderful beads are so fun for me to create.  Most beads involve upwards of 13 steps before completion of a single bead from start to finish.  Club Creative Studio beads are a labor of love to say the least.  Items that incorporate our hand-made beads are considered ART THAT SETS YOU APART because of  uniqueness and special visual qualities. I strive to BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY!

Enjoy the View at:  http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

I love to share great ideas!

 

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