" H O W D O E S O N E
B E C O M E A B U T T E R F L Y?"
S H E A S K E D.
" Y O U M U S T W A N T
T O F L Y S O M U C H
T H A T Y O U A R E
W I L L I N G T O G I V E U P
B E I N G A
C A T E R P I L L A R."
" A R T I S T,
G A I N K N O W L E D G E,
B U T K N O W T H A T
T H E G R E A T E S T
G U R U O F A L L
I S T H E G U R U
W I T H I N. "
" I T I S A B S U R
D T O
S A Y T H A T T H E A G E
O F M I R A C L E S I S P A S T.
I T H A S N O T
Y E T B E G U N. "
September always seems to be the beginning of the year for me. I feel
a sense of renewal that is clearly linked to my years of going back
to school. I have warm memories of buying school supplies and organizing
them in preparation for the new school year. As the neighbourhood children
trundle off to school I begin to feel the pleasure of new learning opportunities
This year in particular I am excited about the beginning of a new 10
- month course called "Seriously Creative." It is a new venture
I have undertaken. It is a coaching/mentoring course for people who
want to develop strategies and skills to enhance their creative life.
The course will support students in taking their art and themselves
more seriously. Whether struggling with defining a project, committing
to the work, facing fear and anxiety or staying on track, the artists
will find new ways to be more focused and productive.
The course is designed to assist artists in moving to a new level of
mastery in their work. It will address the barriers to development and
encourage bold exploration of hopes and dreams. It will challenge beliefs
that inhibit creativity and it will focus on the serious business of
Working in a group will provide additional support for artists who often
work alone. There is much to be learned from peers and much support
to be gained from sharing experiences. I believe it will be a particularly
powerful experience because the participants work in a variety of mediums.
I am sure the "cross pollination" of writers with visual artists; photographers
with textile artists will be rich.
"Seriously Creative" will culminate with a public exhibition.
Course participants will define their own focus, set personal goals
and develop their own timetable. They may take many paths to reach a
project. This process will help the artists understand more about their
personal process of creating.
I am imagining that I will learn as much as anyone in this new venture.
I am excited about the possibilities for my own development as an artist.
I expect to challenge myself to be more courageous, bolder, and more
productive in my work. In addition, I believe I will enhance my skills
as a coach and mentor as I guide this group of creative individuals
through an extended process of discovery.
From time to time I will report in about our progress. Right now I am
going to sharpen my new coloured pencils and put my name on my new sketchbook.
C O P Y R I G H T 2 0 0 5. Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.