1. Statement of Intention
Everyone who joined in our first challenge started with the statement of intention -- the first step was to commit to participate in the challenge. Then the artists began gathering -- generating ideas and energy, along with materials and tools. The third stage is the explosion of the art-making happening -- all of a sudden the ideas, energy and resources all come together.
|Toni's collages, iris folding and paintings at the Challenge Exhibit|
Most participants responded to a short questionnaire about their process which encouraged assimilation. Here are insights from two artists:
During the 15-day Challenge, what hindered your process or frustrated you?
In the beginning, people interrupted me... yet I forged forward and did not allow the interruptions to bother me.
What helped your process or supported you during the Challenge?
What made a huge difference once I got into the process was setting up my art table in the living room. Once I started, I didn't put anything away until after completing the challenge.
|Julie's collages, memory box and jewelry at the Challenge Exhibit|
Cognition, the final stage, is when the artist presents their creations to the community and opens up to comments from others. Some times the art takes on new meaning or becomes clearer when it is shared. Also inspiration for the next creative experience often comes from the feedback. It is not at the end of every project that an exhibition is held -- which was very special attribute of Soul Expression's 15-day Art Making Challenge. To prepare for an exhibit takes some thought and work, which I believe we are all looking forward to doing again -- with the next Art-Making Challenge! The creative process continues...
|Belinda's photographs at the Challenge Exhibit|