These lively workshops gather motivated makers (writers & artists) across disciplines to engage in reading/discussion, learn via hands-on exercises, and advance their creative practice via facilitated critique. We gather to support adventurous thinking and making!
OPEN HOUSE 4-7 pm. Wednesday 6/14 at the studio, 1125 Florence. Light refreshments, pop-up art making and info re the workshop!
Session I: Five Mondays June 19 & 26 (skip 7/3) July 10, 17 & 24
Focus Q: What’s a Creative Practice and how do I get one?
Using Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit to structure and deepen our artistic yearnings. Twyla’s book will help us structure our experiments in discipline and freedom, creating flexible goals and sharing results. BTW, here’s the page with more details, that we’ll be using to post assignments.
Week One: Preparing to Create
Week Two: Mapping your Imagination.
Week Three: Small Moves.
Week Four: Flexing our Muscles.
Week Five: The Future.
Critique of new work each week.
Session II: Three Mondays August 14 – 28
Focus Q: What can we learn from summer? Looking at makers who use bounty and warmth in their work. We’ll look at Giuseppe Arcimbolo, Sufjan Stevens and Andy Goldsworthy. Critique of new work each week.
WHO: Both novice and experienced makers are welcome. Ideal candidates have some experience in artistic practice paired with abundant curiosity around inter-disciplinary exploration.
- TALK: 1st half hour discussion is led by Alice who will present one maker of interest. Background info and a representative work will be posted online a week before-hand. Discussion.
- MAKE: 2nd half hour is for making, a quick dive into some exercise or activity. Supplies provided.
- SHARE: Last hour is facilitated sharing & critique. Alice will help the group understand what each piece has to teach us, and help the maker strengthen their work.
WHEN: 7 – 9 pm
WHERE: Alice’s studio, snugly entrenched in Evanston’s artsy West Side, 1125 Florence Ave.
HOW MUCH: $200/ 5-Monday session. $120/3- Monday session. Commit to both for just $275! No single session drop-ins, no pro-rating for absences.
HOW DO I SIGN UP: Register HERE. For Session I only, a full refund will be granted if you decide after the first class this is not for you. Monday is for Makers participants get a 20% discount on one-on-one sessions with Alice.
HOW MANY: Class limited to 8.
- 1st half hour discussion is led by Alice who will present one maker of interest. Background info and a representative work will be posted online a week before-hand. Discussion will ensue.
- 2nd half hour is for making, a quick dive into some exercise or activity that engages everyone in accessible yet provocative making. Mainly writing and drawing, with some forays into other art forms.
- Last hour is facilitated sharing & critique: depending on the size of each session, 3-5 people will get a chance during this time to share work they are currently making and need feedback on. That means everyone in each session will get at least two opportunities for feedback. Alice will help the group understand what each piece has to teach us, and help the maker strengthen their work. What can be shared might include writing, painting, notes towards a project, a song, etc.
For more questions, email Alice.
Further 4-week sessions will explore questions like:
- What can we learn from suffering?
- Why can’t we leave things alone?
- Why won’t God go away?
- What can we learn from comedy?
- What can we learn from children?