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It is so good to be back! I have been in the midst of transitioning from teaching art and creativity, and now am working full time on my paintings! It is with glee (and trepidation), that I begin this journey. SO excited to have all of my time devoted to drawing painting and putting my work out there!! Fearful. But soldiering on!

You are invited to come with me on this journey and in the process learn more about supporting  the creative habit in your own life! I find that small or large creative action in ANY media has the capacity to transform!
If you are missing the process of creating ANYTHING in your life and would like to observe, ask questions, share your thoughts and/or make your own  creations, stick with me as I jumpstart myself subscribe now!

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I have always needed to make things, tending to work with drawing and painting, but embracing any material: cookie dough, flowers, laundry, etc.
When in the act of making something, changing the physical form allows room for contemplation… if I listen! Making a mark on a page and thenlistening for my own direction requires faith in the invisible. During the process I am transformed.
> “With your senses (not so much your mind), focus on one single object until you stop fighting it or resisting it with other concerns. The concrete is the doorway to the universal.”
> Fr. Richard Rohr Adapted from The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See,pp. 170-171
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So I begin again, working to regain my footing. Through that process my intention is to listen, be open, and to respond using available materials and visual and intellectual inspirations.
My goal here is to share this process of creating a body of work so that you can apply it to your every day journeys or iwn whatever materials you have to work with.

In the movie Dead Poets Society, the English teacher John Keating, played by Robin Williams, famously says:

“Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary”

Please DO  let me know here what you are doing to live a creative life.  It is inspiring to hear from you!

 

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Seize the day!

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Looking for creativity in education?

beth vendryes wwilliams I have been thinking a lot about children, creativity and education. Today , much of theView full post »

beth vendryes wwilliams

beth vendryes wwilliams

I have been thinking a lot about children, creativity and education.

Today , much of the emphasis is on testing, and that is especially focused on math, science and reading and writing.  So that is currently where emphasis is now placed.  And yet learning occurs when the whole person is participating. In reality, separate subjects are all connected to one other. Art , music, movement, theater and dance are all crucial to a whole learning.

Yesterday, I received this video link below from a dear teacher friend about a way of education emphasizes the whole child.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-ZSeepDmPE

I know it can work because my own children all began their education in a Waldorf school, albeit, not this particular one. I agree that it helps children to develop a deep understanding  of themselves. It encourages a  resiliency, coming from their practiced ability to think outside the box, to look at things from many perspectives and  develop critical thinking.

Education that serves the whole child, physical, intellectual, artistic, musical, theatrical and inner spirit. Hmmm… What do you think?

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