Monday, November 23, 2015

Creativity Nourished -- a whirlwind series of super seminars

 Working together today on a huge canvas -- super fun!

A really big canvas -- daunting at first, but 
the group met the challenge trying every
available medium with panache.
For the past month I've been leading seminars on
Nourishing Creativity at Emmanuel College at
the Unversity of Toronto, in Toronto, Canada.
What a blast.  We have been delighted to have
guest appearances by Gary Smith, portrait artist,
 who added his talent and wit and warmth
to all three seminars, Trica Carey, Entertainment
promoter and event planner, and Patrick Luciani,
a writer who has written for the Globe and Mail
and Huffington Post..

 Gary Smith does a portrait demo in pastels

Trica Carey offered tips on
event planning, professionalism and
keys to successful creativity

Writer Patrick Luciani offered his tips on
the successful writer's life. 
We had so much fun combining writing,
drawing, discussions about methods for
unblocking our creative goals, working
on art projects together, and even how to
meditate to help us be creative.

It was an eye opening treat, if I do say so myself.
Today, the final day we listened to writing tips
from Patrick Luciani, then the group worked
together on a huge canvas, 12 feet, by 8 feet,
using markers, acrylics, glue, collage.
At the end of the session we cut up the
massive piece into sections and the creators
took them home -- a triumphant finale to a
glorious experience.

Thank you to our guest speakers, and to the
talented seminar class who made it memorable.

Have a using-your-creativity day.


verna vogel said...

Oh, that sounds like so much fun!! Love the idea of the big canvas and then cutting it up at the end. You have such a great energy and so lovely to share it with others in the workshops & classes you teach.

Also I like the re-organized look of your blog.


Pam Holnback said...

What a great event! You are an inspiration to all!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Verna,

Thanks so much. Yes the big canvas was amazing. So fun and inspiring. I need a bigger studio, because I would love to work that big. You are too sweet about my energy. But I am grateful for your kindness! :-) The blog got hacked, and the new look is the best we could do in a hurry. Glad you like it. I hope someday to get my old style and Flickr back. Big time.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Pam,

As are you for sure. Love your work,


Unknown said...

that sounds like such a fun workshop, with a variety of things to whet the creative appetite, I'll bet everyone had a ball!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

It was a superb time. The group did seem to really enjoy themselves,
and I know I did.


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