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Friday, March 5, 2010

Getting Started on The Artistic Mother Workshop



This post is for those who are doing or would like to do the 12-week workshop laid out in Shona Cole's book, The Artistic Mother, A Practical Guide to Fitting Creativity into Your LIfe.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN IN THE FUN!! I AM ACCEPTING LATE REGISTRATIONS. THE MORE THE MERRIER. JUST LEAVE ME A COMMENT.

Below is a message from Shona herself:

"One of the primary goals of my book is to give Moms, like me, like you a method of organization (time, space and mind) so that we can make space for art in our busy days.

In section one I lay out how important it is to create a vision statement, long term goals, short term goals and then a weekly schedule. In the workshop the weekly art schedule is made for you. But before you get there you need to take the time to create your vision statement (this is essential for project #4 anyhow), and to list your big and smaller art goals. These will help fuel your passion and resolve to keep at it.

So when you get the book, I recommend you read the first section thoroughly and take the time to do the mental preparation.

Next comes the physical preparation – getting your space and habits in order. Without some attention to these you may find it difficult to get going or keep it going over the course of the workshop.

You also have to start gathering the necessary supplies. I tried to use as few tools as possible in the projects, now is the time to see what you need to buy or borrow. One of the most important parts of creating the projects is having a large supply of papers, images and fabrics available to choose from as you create. So take some time to be a gatherer of stuff! I give you lots of ‘stuff’ ideas in the book.

The point is not to rush on and get the projects done, but to practice the process of slowing down, doing a little art a day and not becoming burnt out or stressed about it. Slow and steady, like the tortoise.

While I designed the workshop to be 12 weeks, in reality each ‘day’ could be 2 days or a week's work, whatever your circumstances calls for. The more realistic you are the more likely you are to stick with it.

The secondary focus of the book is to turn your artistic eye home, to your family, your kids. So be prepared to take photos and write about your world. Even if you don’t have kids, each of the projects could easily be adapted to be non-kid focused. You could focus on your spouse, parents, nieces and nephews, pets, friends, your personal items and so on, so don’t feel left out if you don’t have kids!!!

Check in tomorrow as I will be posting some recent photos of me making the background pages (Week 1) in the Artistic Mother workshop."

15 comments:

  1. thanks for this update! my book has been shipped from amazon and should arrive within the next few days, I can't wait to get started!!!

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  2. Thanks Trudy, I'm excited to get started :)

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  3. Hi Trudy,
    I got so excited that I bought the book, finished two projects that had been needing to be done, worked on another and then did two background canvases. I showed them to the art class I teach to homeschoolers today and they were interested. I love that not only will I get to use these ideas, but they will also. Oh... and since in science they were making acrylic fern prints I just added those to my background canvas. FUN! I'll post tomorrow.
    Blessings, Kim

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  4. Trudy,
    Thanks for the update over on my blog. I'm so looking forward to being in this group! I've done some background pages---fun, fun, fun.
    Kathryn

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  5. You're welcome, Kathryn. That's great that you've done some background papers. It is fun, isn't it?

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  6. Hi Trudy! Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog and for the update about AMG - looking forward to tomorrow, Kristin :)
    P.S. Thank you in advance for your efforts in bringing us all together! xo

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  7. Hi Trudy! Thanks for visiting my blog, too! I hope to post more as we go along on this adventure. I have been cleaning in my art space this week, getting somewhat organized so we can kick this off! Can't wait to start.

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  8. I am so excited, my book came in the mail yesterday :)

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  9. Shabbat Shalom Trudy,

    It's Angelique from Grace and Space. Shuga I created a separate little blog just for my adventures in this group. Would you change my link please ;) I figured I use the blog just for creative stuff and make it easy for myself.
    http://amamaexploring.blogspot.com/
    There is the link, I am so excited thanks again.

    xoxoxoxo
    Angelique

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  10. Hi Trudy,

    First of all, how cute are you? And what a beautiful shot of you and the wee one in those rustic rockers!!!

    I am not artistic or creative, but I buy stuff that other people make. Yes I do!! I'm going to have to keep my eye on you guys!!

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  11. Is it too late to join? I have ordered the book and will receive it on Monday. I am a stay-at-home mom of a beautiful 2 year old girl and used to create every day. I long to create again - with my precious daughter alongside!
    Thank you!
    Isabelle

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  12. Just discovered this from my friend. Is it too late to join? I'd love to. kimstoys at gmail dot com. My blog is http://cupofcreativitea.blogspot.com

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