Colorful Expedition…

Fantastic Fish….
Two day Creative Expedition

Saturday July 12th and Sunday July 13th, 2008 ,Maureen Carlson’s Center for the Creative Arts, Jordan, Minnesota -to register: please visit Maureen’s site.

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”
Chinese Proverb

Most likely you have heard this proverb quoted before. Here is another way to interpret this wisdom.

“Give an artist a comfortable project to do and she will be nourished for the day. Teach an artist how to fish for ideas and they will enjoy a lifetime of creative abundance.”

During this workshop you will create a fish sculpture from polymer clay and found objects:  that can be mounted on the wall, hung from the ceiling or become part of a table-scape in your studio. Whether your metaphorical fish is inspired by an existing fish species or is pure fantasy is totally up to you.

 I will walk you through each stage of the decision making process from choosing a body shape to fine tweaking the tail fin. Group brainstorming, auditioning alternatives and relying on your intuition are all important parts of this process. The emphasis in this workshop is on developing your personal idea fishing skills rather than making a “perfect” fish sculpture.

Along the way to your completed piece, you will experience and explore six different approaches to fishing for artistic ideas including:

     .The catch of the day

      .The deep dark and “ugly”

      .The joyous celebrations

       .Creative sparks- detours, enrichment’s, challenges

       .Creating an inspirational idea library as a resource to draw upon

      . Swimming upstream by incorporating the un-expected

Frequent demonstrations throughout the weekend will be directed towards expressive alternatives using polymer clay, addressing construction challenges and helping to make your fish fantastic.
“Desire for an idea is like bait. When you’re fishing, you have to have patience. You bait your hook, and then you wait. The desire is the bait that pulls those fish in–those ideas.”
Ideas are like fish.

If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper.

Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.” David Lynch
Diving deep, examining your creative process, honing your skills  and trying new approaches…perhaps kinda scary? Not so much, especially when you are learning essential and bountiful idea fishing skills.

Supply List

3-5 pictures, magazine clippings or postcards of fish you “like”
3-5 pictures, magazine clippings or postcards of fish inspired art you “like”
a small baggie of “fish” inspired found objects, could be buttons, twigs, rocks, fabrics, charms
A small selection of canes you already have on hand  (no need to make if you don’t have these)
An open heart and Your wonderful magical hands
A sense of wonder
A work surface suitable for working with polymer clay
A pasta machine (if you already own one)
A tissue blade
A ball burnisher or small double pointed knitting needle
8 0z. scrap clay, conditioned and mixed thoroughly
4 oz. yellow (cadmium, zinc or neon yellow)
2 oz. red (fuchsia, magenta, neon pink or cadmium red)
2 oz. blue (cobalt, ultramarine or turquoise)
2oz. white
2 oz black
If you prefer to work in FIMO or Kato clay that is perfectly OK, however the clay must be conditioned into flat, supple sheets prior to class time



6 Responses to “Colorful Expedition…”

  1. 1 Ernie Hendrix May 19, 2008 at 2:29 am

    Hi, Lindley, found a website I thought you might enjoy if you haven’t seen it already:


  2. 2 Kim Cavender May 19, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Lindly, this sounds like an amazing workshop! Not that I would ever expect anything else from you. I wish Maureen’s studio was a little closer to WV. I would love to take this class from you one day.

  3. 3 myra katz May 19, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Do you ever teach in southern California? mk

  4. 4 lindly May 20, 2008 at 4:04 am

    I don’t have anything scheduled in Southern California, at the moment…but, plan on sending severla proposals to the San Diego Guild- I will keep you posted!

  5. 5 lindly May 20, 2008 at 4:06 am

    Kim: Thanks for the vote of confidence! Hopefully sometime in the near fututre I will be offereing a class either in Pittsburgh or West Virginia…I’ll keep you posted.

  6. 6 Rachel May 20, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    This sounds so fanbulous.
    How about Vancouver?

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