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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.

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Can’t Beat Them? Join Them!

5 Oct

Keep Educating Yourself.

As today’s Feature Friday post I would just like to add a few graphics here that I found to highlight as inspiration.  I hope that you have the opportunity to take time for yourself and use it wisely to improve upon something intellectually.  It may be as simple as taking an hour out for a teleseminar or webinar or an extended plan for a course or degree.

The reason I have chosen to take a minute to post specifically on this topic is because I recently took the plunge, overcame fears and took part in my first teleseminar and webinar situations.  They were very rewarding, and proved to be a time investment! It took too long to beat around the bush and not explore these key educational opportunities, so I decided to join in.  What will you be able to do to improve yourself creatively? What’s your way to K.E.Y. in life? Feel free to share your learning experiences with us here in a comment.

I wish you happy CREATING and happy LEARNING DISCOVERIES!

Deliberate Doodles

7 Sep

It is no secret that when we are able to step out of our own comfort zones we open up to creative possibilities.  Today’s post is about how you take steps above and beyond a doodle. By creating a deliberate doodle, you take time to think about each line and each design element in a drawing, the results are creative, expressive, and have bold contrasts.

Club Creative Studio’s thankfulness continues from the event of yesterday.  I am thankful for two things, first for the willingness to discover something new and secondly, for the power of persasion.  Trying something new takes courage but, there is so much to learn from diving into something we have not done before or have the desire to step beyond in development.

Success at our first attempts at the Art of Zentangle. I am glad that I talked my friend Melissa into taking a jump into finding her creative side.

Even if we need a gentle push from someone, the encouragement and support of having someone talk us into and talk us through a new adventure can be rewarding. This is a blog about a creative exploration that stems from a class/workshop called: Zentangle. The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.

Our start-up- kit for the ZenTangle workshop.

The creative event from last night happened first by chance, then came into being on purpose.

While taking in the local sites in my new neighborhood, I knew that I needed to visit a few branch libaries, get a card and get aquainted with the floor plan and what it had to offer my community.  I love libraries because you can walk in and instantly feel the intellectual engagement  amd commitment to knowledge in the air. People go there for many different reasons and there is so much to gain from what it offers.  The Abington Free Library, in Abington PA, was the site that offered a two hour introductory workshop. The Certified Zentangle Instructor: Katy Abbott, shared her story on how this art centers her, gives her calmness, and expresses and satisfies her creativity.

Zentangle is eccentually the expression of line in an abstract and deliberate manner.

These are my first attemps at Zentangle. During the class we learned many patterns to get our creative juices flowing. I know I am inspired to do more.

We shared our results and were pleased with the variety and hidden talents revealed along the way.

Display of our first creations and many of us admired the success.

I plan on using my images in some of my new jewelry design ideas. It sounds like an exciting plan to place another level of a unique quality into what I love to do.  If you would like to explore this method of expressive and open-ended drawing, and the supplies needed, check out the link here and be inspired to learn and discover how your doodles can become more deliberate.

                                 http://tanglepatterns.com

                               Happy Creating!

Creative Play Time

31 Jul

Club Creative Studio shares information about creativity in this blog and each Tuesday is reserved for learning about a low-cost thought or project.  Creativity never has to be expensive.  For this reason, creativity is available to many when you call upon simple or commonly used items to help you in the process.

The ideas today stem from a few different places. First, I recall my own childhood memories of using creativity during play and secondly, I share a few ideas for you to use at home to help spark children into more creative play, specifically when they are making tents, or forts from furniture and cushions. Make sure you view the video, it is awesome!

Imagination sometimes needs a gentle push. It takes courage to be creative.  It takes confidence to step outside the lines, do things in a unique way and be different. Even in playtime situations, it is sometimes difficult to do what you feel like doing and act out of the norm.  When we use our imagination as children, we are free. We know no boundaries and we are expressive in thought, process and play.  We are free to be bolder, and maybe even happier as we transform to a place that is exactly how we want it to be and no one else!

I remember as a young one, using out outdoor clothes line as a supportive structure for a home-made tent.  I took two people to make this “house” but, simply tossing a large blanket across the wires and then securing the ends of the blanket to sticks in the ground created the “walls”.  Pillows and other blankets were needed to make the playhouse more comfy, this was truly a low-cost, low-budget way of being creative making an outside fort.

I hope that you had the chances to make forts or tents when you were growing up.  If you allow children in your home to use the existing furniture for their imaginative play, they will return the favor with hours of “out-of-sight” play periods.  See what is created when you let them use their own logic in construction.  Making a tent can become their little escape area where although you can still hear them inside a blanket structure, you can also allow them to be out of your direct line of vision, but you still know exactly where they are and what they are doing.  It is a hide away in their make-believe land, and you can share in the fun of constructing or touring it as well , if you are allowed, that is!

Creating an island for your children can be as easy as helping them use the couch cushions or a large sheet to drape across two chairs or the dining room table.  Who wouldn’t love to find a little area all to themselves with peace and quiet? I think as an adult, I might even appreciate my own tent nook to hide with a good book or earphones what about you?

Allowing your children to “hide” from the real world gives them some freedom to be creative in their own personal space.

Let me know if this blog post brought pleasant memories back to you. If you did not grow up constructing your own hid-away place with a sheet and a few chairs what is stopping you from doing this NOW?????

Zentangle Zen

26 Jul

In today’s Club Creative Studio’s TNT (This-N-That) post I again focus on creativity and  I once again invite you to discover.

I have happily discovered an old method of creating has a different name associated with it.  I will write about this particular subject twice.  In today’s post I will introduce to you a process of thought and creation and then on September 07, 2012 I will share my results of what I speak of today, after I take my formal and official instructional class for this particular method. I will hopefully find my zen when I Zentangle.

As a bit of background, before I tell you what Zentangle refers to, I went to my local library yesterday for the first time and discovered some useful information.

I have recently relocated and I am still getting my community introductions and barring.  The library is always on the list early to visit whenever I move because of the valuable resources it provides.  As I browse through the library, much like I would a department store, I take note of the written material on book shelves and also in paper flyer form stacked in revolving shelves or on counter tops.

Those little sheets of paper tell a lot about what is going on and how active the atmosphere is. Take note of those bright-colored half sheets because they are the key to the involvement and excitement of the efforts of the library.  It is a sign that there are little extra investments and opportunities to learn besides checking out the books and taking them home for a bit.

Of course, anything with a graphic on it catches my eye so that is no surprise to anyone who knows me or is drawn to anything dealing with an art form of some type.  This particular flyer caught my attention.  Although it was a black and white half sheet of paper, it was very graphic with three samples of art associated with the layout.  It also had a strange title. What was that about? Really, this is going to be about the process of how to make a simple line drawing look complex and appreciate the negative and positive areas in a line drawing.

I am ready to make a point with my art!

The information was an offering to take part in an easy-to-learn method of creating images with repetitive pattern.  SIGN ME UP! Sounds good to me!

To further explain, the “method” is a registered trademark method called: Zentangle.  I will be taking this “class” from a Certified Zentangle Teacher on September 06, 2012.

The Zentangle method is a way to gain relaxation and express creativity at the same time.  Who would not want that?  Without taking part in this particular method yet, I can only speak of what it claims to do for the artist. It is said to be fun and relaxing. Almost anyone can use it  and the end result is the creation  of beautiful images.

If you have ever doodled with a purpose this is a bit of the same, only with a name!

You may also have heard the term “Zendoodle” which sums up this project outcome as well.  Zentangle is thought to increase focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. The Zentangle method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.  The Zentangle method is said to be an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.

Today’s challenge is to simply watch this video again and get inspired.  Perhaps being interested you may also take a class, purchase a kit, get your own materials, discover other artist doing Zentangle images or visit blogs or websites featuring their gallery creations in this technique.  Don’t forget to stop by this blog again to see my results.

On September 07, 2012, I will share with you my first official creation developed specifically after taking a certified class from my CZT instructor.  Have fun Being Creative Everyday!  Are you inspired? Please recommend this blog and pass along the creative vibes.  The world needs information about art and artful creations to make it a more beautiful place to live!

W is for Wow!

26 Apr

Club Creative Studio Ink Treated Tiles.

WOW! Club Creative Studio’s work space is a busy place when working with something new in the market or with a material that is new in technique to me.  Experimenting is exciting and cool to experience when the outcome is unknown or can be manipulated in some pleasing way to the artist.  Alcohol inks have given me another method of adding dye to art.

Alcohol Inks and used dabbing pad.

I have found that thrill recently as I have been working with how I may incorporate inks into my jewelry art.  Inks and dyes are not new to the craft world but, for me alcohol-based inks have been an interesting element to add to my metals and other work surfaces.

Here is a before and after look at how I used inks on my metal based earrings. I found that it gave a whole different look and added color and depth to the finished piece.

Club Creative Studio Earrings Before Ink Treatment.

Club Creative Studio Earring After Ink Treatment.

I used Tim Holz Adirondack Alcohol Inks. They can be vivid and earth-tone as you can see from the example I created on bamboo tiles. I have used this product in full-strength and by blending and lightening with the blending solution.  I also tried out the Metallic Mixatives and found that working with many different combinations the effects can be wide and satisfying.  Now…what to do with the future pendants the wheels are turning!

Hand applied earth-tone inks.

If you have tried these inks before what have you used them on?  Paper, or another type item? Do tell! Was it a “Wow” for you?

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.

 

Creativity- 6 Ways to Lean Forward

24 Sep

Learning how to confidently steer your creative energy into something that is productive is important.  This Club Creative Studio post  informs you of this “learned art” of sorts.  Sometimes we need to allow opportunities into our life that stem from our creative thoughts.  Doing this, can lead to a more satisfying creative life. There are ways that one can improve on or foster visual thinking skills. We need awareness and practice.

The key to reaching creative potential  lies in understanding how to be open to change.  Just as young children explore, communicate and share their ideas in affective and cognitive expressions.  We too, as adults need to recall how to function by feeling what we think and think of what we feel.  You may agree that to grow in creativity we need to include the acceptance of disorder,  attraction to mysteries, conflict or puzzles, courageous  risk-taking, embracing natural playfulness, and letting go of emotional sensitivity and perfectionism.  Are you ready to grow your creativity in the right direction?

Lean forward to become more curious, be flexible in your approach to reach a new level  or version of yourself.  Consider  my six suggestions for starters that can be viewed as building blocks to creativity.

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1. Understand Creativeness

Recognize that you are a creative being and are capable of being interesting in many different aspects in your life.  Appreciate that you have the means to be an individual and are called to express that in many different ways in your life.  You can be creative at work and at play.  Be accepting of your mistakes but quick to praise yourself at the same time.

2. Provide Environment

Provide an appropriate space to stretch intellectual muscles. This area should primarily focus on creative stimulation. Maybe it is as simple as an inspiring classroom, designated floor space or a small tabletop designated as your special workspace.   With quick access to art/office supplies, games, books, textures, colors and  interactive fixtures, your mind can have a jump-start area to expected creative thought.

Important aspects to the effective environment are space and climate. Do you have a personal work space where you might leave unfinished tasks for completion another day?  This can be crucial to your creative process and growth.  Adequate space and lighting is important.  It is helpful to move and actually see what we are doing.  Do you have comfortable seating?  Place an importance on your physical comfort to do your best for any length of time.

3. Emphasize  Art and  Spontaneity

Heightened creativity can be present whenever we experience something new in our environment.  Real life observations and hands-on activities often serve as springboards for creative expression.  We just have to use our senses, be willing to experiment.

Showcase accomplishments. Nothing sparks motivation more than seeing how your efforts or the work of others has evolved.

“Sharp (2001) found  that creative arts serve to enhance children’s listening, problem solving,  critical reading and writing skills. In addition, the arts engage children’s  kinesthetic and cognitive experiences, amplifying concrete as well as abstract  learning abilities. Tacker and Tracey (1998) report that music education is  therapeutic because it raises self-esteem while honing creativity, offering  children an avenue for expressing their emotions in nonverbal ways.”

Creativity cannot be rushed or forced into existence. Parents and educators must be patient. If a child  says “I can’t or I won’t,” the best response is “I’d like for you to try, see what you can do, experiment.” Leading by example can also help stimulate growth opportunities. When I was a classroom art teacher often times, when I actually drew for the students to illustrate a concept the students  removed their own barriers as well.  Creativity and confidence were allowed to flow more easily.  This is the reason, I feel for a “rough draft”.  It allows you to not be afraid to make adjustments.  You are free to experiment and learn to grow in creativity.

4. Opportunities for Growth

Educators  and staff members in the workplace alike can act as creative guides by listening carefully, observing any emotional cues of others, encouraging work and being cautious not to interfere.  Open-ended or brainstorming opportunities incorporate creative expressions and growth.  Creative solutions can also be born from large group settings.

Self help activities such as thought-provoking questions to yourself can help develop your own creative process. Asking the “What  would happen if…?”  question is a good start.  Another type of questioning is to ask is “how-many-different-ways can…”  You may be surprised to brainstorm with self or others.

In most  instances where a hesitation or doubt of being creative occurs, we can grow from this behavior.  Maybe the right balance of spark is not present yet.  Sometimes it takes being part of a group with enthused and strong creative ways to get the juices flowing.  Maybe it is the challenge of the task at hand, or maybe it is an attempt to be expressive for personal gains.

5. Seek Out Creativeness

Inspiration can come from many different places within others, watching t.v., reading books, movies, media. The use of our own intuition and thoughts can be turned into what we need to gain the spark to start, and eventually continue and finish the creative process.  This impulse can be planned or unplanned. Common activities that will lead to seeking out your creativity include construction, painting, music, dramatic  play, dance and telling imaginative stories, and  problem solving.  Look for those opportunities, seek out what will lead to creative growth.

6. Practice Confidence

Being able to be expressive in some form daily is important for future growth.  Like any skill that you wish to develop, you need to practice it often.  My business mantra is: BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY at my work space called: Club Creative Studio (http://www.clubcreativestudio.com).  I belive with this daily practice creativity comes to fruition very easily, willingly and strongly. You can become more confident in your creative adventures if you continue to foster creativity in yourself and in others.  Good luck in your continued will to add practice, confidence and skills to your creative growth.  Don’t lean backwards, giving up and saying that you are “not creative”.  Lean forward and embrace your creative potentials!

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