Info about The Artist Way workshop

If you are anything like me, you’ve had The Artist’s Way on your bookshelf for years. Maybe you’ve cracked it, read the first chapter or two and never then slowly drifted away from it like you do that Tupperware of leftovers in your freezer. You don’t have time, it’s frivolous, it’s intimidating, right?

 

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is offering you an opportunity to join with a community, to connect, support and explore this journey to your creative self.

Our goal is to break down the walls around creativity, to demystify the creative process. We want to debunk the elitism that surrounds art-making. Art is not and should not be a luxury for those with experience, money or education. Art is meant to be the universal connector and the innate healer.

You may have some questions about what this class will look like. Writer-in-residence and class facilitator Sarah Ratermann Beahan answers them below:

This class is 12 weeks long. What if I can’t come to them all?

NO PROBLEM. We all have lives that may interfere with committing to anything for twelve weeks. I am not going to be taking attendance. Ultimately, this class is for you and how you take advantage of the time is up to you. What is more important than attending every session is reflecting on your process with honesty, authenticity and regularity.

How do I get the information I missed?

While we won’t be able to capture all the discussion from each session, I’ll be happy to share the activities/prompting questions via email after each session. If the group is amenable, we can also create a Facebook group where we can continue to connect around the process and support one another as well.

What are we going to do in each session?

We are all on this journey together—including me. Each session will be made up of three parts: unpacking what the previous week was like, looking forward to the next week/chapter and engaging in some activity that will get our creative juices flowing.

What can I expect to get out of this? What is the goal?

I would encourage everyone to come to this with an open mind and heart. My experience with The Artist’s Way has been one of immense personal growth which in turn began to shift my art, but it happens in completely unexpected ways. The moment I try to control the process or measure the outcome, the less present I am with what is unfolding naturally.

This is a hard lesson for most of us. We live in a society driven by performance, outcomes and productivity. Fortunately or unfortunately, art doesn’t respond to those measures. My “job” is to help support the sometime uncomfortable process of letting go and being in the flow. Moreover, as a group, we can help do that for each other.

My approach to this class is one that encourages self-compassion, non-judgement and softness. We all spend a lot of time trying to do things “right.” For two hours a week, we are going to embrace the gloriously imperfect art of just doing.

What do I need?

You’ll need a copy of The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. It does not need to be the most current version, and you can certainly get by with a used copy. You’ll need a notebook and a pen, and that’s it!

How do I sign up?

You can click this link: The Artist’s Way workshop.

You can call BLCA. (763) 574-1850

You can stop by and register in person. 6666 East River Road, Fridley, MN

I have other questions. Who do I reach out to?

You can email me sarah@sarahratermannbeahan.com. If I don’t have the answers, I’ll do my best to get them for you.