Creative by Design

September 20 & 21, 9:00-4:00 at the Bennington Center for the Arts


Art and science converge in a workshop about inspiration, imagination and intentional creativity.  If you’ve ever run headlong into artist block or just felt stuck-in-a-rut, this two-day retreat will give your creative muscle a good stretch.  Artists of all mediums and skills levels are invited to join us as we dispel the myth of the muse and learn what neuroscience has to say about the artistic process.  We’ll be using watercolors and assorted drawing tools for creative cross-training in this hands-on workshop where you’ll interpret the science for yourself in a series of drawings, doodles and playful paintings.

● Experience the difference between just looking and actually seeing.  As artists, we sometimes take vision for granted – yet it is an incredibly complex process that uses up a sizeable portion of the brain’s energy and computing power. How do we make the most of it?

● Discover the overlap between how the brain processes what we see and the elements and principles of design – the basic compositional tools that guide us through creating a work of art.

● Learn how an intentional creative process offers cognitive benefits that extend well beyond making art.

● Return to your studio with an artful array of simple and effective strategies to reinvigorate your own creative process.

Register directly through the Benningon, by calling Jade Trombley at 802-442-7158 or email her at Course fee is $250.  Full payment is expected upon registration.  Workshops are open to all artists for registration – AWA members receive 10% discount on all workshops. Email me for a supplies list.