Arts Out There: Find your creative spark with community art

Julie Copson and artist facilitator Kath Bowering enjoying the Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness workshops at Esperance Community Arts Space. Photo: Jane Mulcock

Julie Copson and artist facilitator Kath Bowering enjoying the Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness workshops at Esperance Community Arts Space. Photo: Jane Mulcock

Many visitors to Esperance Community Arts Space comment on how they really admire the work of artists, but then follow up with a reflection about their own lack of creativity. What does being creative really mean, is it possible for everyone to experience creativity as part of their everyday life?

The creative process is as a lot like problem-solving: generating new ideas, making a connection between those ideas and then producing an artwork as the outcome. Perhaps it is possible to become more creative by breaking down the artistic process and working on one step at a time.

Beginning a new sport usually involves asking questions, watching, trying it out, and attending training as the opportunities arise. A similar process applies when developing arts-related skills.

The process might start with a childhood experience, admiration for someone else's artwork and curiosity about how it was created, or with the desire to join a group and to do something new. I wonder if the people who tell me they 'can't do art' might feel differently if the focus was on the processes of creating rather than the outcomes.

Make a start, find someone you know who makes things and spend time with them watching what they do and how they do it. Join a group or be a part of a larger community art project. Focus on what you enjoyed about the experience.

There are lots of options in Esperance depending on your field of interest. The Cannery Arts Centre's upcoming Art Lab workshops include pottery, wine making, acrylic painting, resin wall art, and design and creation of leather sandals. Bookings can be made online or by emailing admin@canneryartscentre.com.au.

The Seniors Theatre Group, Super Troupers are looking for people to join their production. Photo: Supplied.

The Seniors Theatre Group, Super Troupers are looking for people to join their production. Photo: Supplied.

Esperance Community Arts is running Digital Art workshops commencing February 27 as part of our Be Connected program, and the next series of Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness workshops also commences on March 10. Both are free four week programs with one session per week. Beginners are welcome.

If you are interested in finding out more about theatre, the Esperance Theatre Guild is currently rehearsing a season of one act plays. The collection is titled 'Insert Laughs Here' and opens on March 27. Tickets are available online at www.thebijoutheatre.org.au.

The Seniors Theatre Group, Super Troupers, is also in rehearsal and looking for people to join their production, which opens in early May.

The group rehearse at the Senior Citizens Centre on Sunday afternoons from 3-5pm and the Director is Kath Bowering. For more information on upcoming activities and events please contact Esperance Community Arts on 9072 1158.

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