Develop an expansive view of what art making can be and gain a deeper understanding of creativity during this weeklong retreat for artists and non-artists alike.
Guided by multimedia artists Lisa Pressman and Susan Stover, we focus on repetitive processes in art making that are meditative and contemplative such as mark-making, drawing, stitching, bundling, collecting, and site-specific installations in nature.
We utilize the campus as a source of inspiration by taking walks, collecting, and drawing outside. Some of the activities on campus include:
- Drawing to music
- Creating temporary art in nature
- Using alternative mark-making methods on paper and fabric such as burning, smoking, and more
The workshop will focus on the process of creating and include discussions about incorporating ritual into art practices and the introspective qualities of repetitive labor. For inspiration, we look at historical and contemporary artists that use these methods in their work.
"Art is a vehicle for meditation and self-connection. One of the reasons it is so powerful is that it fosters acceptance. Creating art is a type of meditation, an active training of the mind that increases awareness and emphasizes acceptance of feelings and thoughts without judgment and relaxation of body and mind."
–Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit