Category Archives: creativity

The Poetics of Spam

Sometimes spam can be fun. I don’t know who is composing these, but I’ve begun collecting the artistic poetry of the unknown & unwashed: thank you for your picturesque English-speak. All of the following are direct emails – no editing … Continue reading

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WalkAround Face

An activity from Reckless Painting for collaborative “art making”. This activity was also completed using magic markers – at a UBC Adult Education class March 2013);

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Art classes teach adults to:

I “liked” an image posted on Facebook the other day*. It was preceded by an intro/caption of: Why Art in Schools Matter. And it continued to describe 18 values that are derived from teaching Art in schools… to children. Of … Continue reading

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Development of Creativity – by Letting Go

A recent tweet/re-tweet led me to a very complicated article about creativity.* Luckily, another link led to something a bit more tangible; Development of creativity. I’ve always had a great interest in “creativity” and how it can sometimes be out … Continue reading

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eightandahalfbyeleven

8 1/2″ x 11″ It seems that standard paper sizes are too much around us. Just as the parking and movement of cars shape our buildings and cities, the 8 1/2 by 11 of the printer & photocopier shape the … Continue reading

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I am here to …get out of my head!

One of the lead-off activities in a Reckless Painting class is to ask a few anonymous questions of participants. As the title suggests, it is worth getting an idea of why these people have signed up. In this current session, … Continue reading

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please refer to yourself as an ‘artist’

Welcome to Reckless Painting if you don’t already, please refer to yourself as an ‘artist’ “Everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.” Brenda Ueland 1938 as often as possible, try not to think about painting while painting … Continue reading

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if you can walk…

If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.* If you can hold a brush, you can apply paint to the sheet. What an interesting saying. I’ve always believed that it’s addressing the unspoken ‘well’ usually accompanying people’s guarded … Continue reading

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we paint on each other’s work

People aren’t all that sure what they can expect at a Reckless Painting class – and actually, that’s not a bad thing. Although a lot of what goes on is designed to distract the mind from ‘general predictability’, one thing … Continue reading

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