Hello and here we are, at the start of our Evolution! On a weekly basis I will send you a link to an art process lesson plan. Ideally time will allow you to follow the flow of one art process a week for six weeks. Should you fall behind, please don’t worry, there is always room for flexibility. Each lesson plan comprises of the following:
An introduction video
List of art materials and art demonstration video (masterly filmed by my husband Sean!)
Click here for the Art Materials List. Page One gives you a birds-eye view of the recommended materials for each creative process. A detailed list of materials is on Page Two (the “Essentials”) and Page Three (the Extras). Click on the video below for more on art materials.
NOTE: Please give yourself creative license and flexibility here. If you do not wish to purchase art materials, use what you have at home: printing paper, makeup, fabrics, recyclable goods … beetroot and turmeric make great colours to paint with! i.e. adapt the materials to fit your means.
Commit yourself to this time. Be 100% present to meet yourself in the creative process. Avoid distractions. Block off an hour or two. Make sure your cellphone is switched off and your family knows not to disturb you.
The aim of the creative process is to relinquish ALL expectation of what your art piece “should” look like. Let go of preciousness – allow yourself to be messy. You may end up creating abstract art – squiggles, lines, smudges, with no distinguishable features at all – that’s okay. Take risks, be daring, let yourself sit in the space of discomfort as you create. Feel your feelings and allow your feelings to be expressed through the act of art making.
Judgement stifles creativity – try not to judge yourself during the creative process. Remember there is no right or wrong way to make art. There are also no mistakes in art. Every mistake is an opportunity to do something in a new way, different from anything you ever thought of before. Be open to all possibilities, have fun, play and enjoy yourself.
INTERACTION: WHATSAPP GROUP
You will be invited to join a private WhatsApp group. This is where I will post the url link of the weekly lesson plan. It is also the platform to share your process with fellow participants. Once you have completed a lesson, you are invited to share your art piece and a short excerpt from your reflection writing with the group. Sharing your work is part of the process. It is an act of accountability, and it enables us to witnesses our own and each other’s journey. Guidelines are set to keep WhatsApp posts to a minimum.
Two Zoom check-ins will be scheduled: one mid-way through the course, and one following completion of the course. This is an opportunity for you to share your experience with fellow participants.
Moving through the process and creating on your own may feel a little lonely. You may want to connect with fellow Evolvers and arrange to create together: scheduling a day and time, connecting online, creating in your own space and thereafter, sharing your Reflections with each other. I am happy to be your match-maker and set you up with fellow Evolvers.
You may hit a speed bump along the way, or need help in dealing with self-judgement. Perhaps you have a logistics question or something you need clarification on. Please contact me directly, via WhatsApp or email firstname.lastname@example.org