Monthly Archives: January 2014

Need a Taste of a Story?

No, I’m not talking about eating a novel or munching on a paragraph. I’m talking about writing a 26 word story. One day in my fiction writing class, my professor encouraged us to write (in about three minutes) a story, or an idea, in 26 words or less. We all looked at her for about 30 seconds in confusion before our pencils hit the paper. Since I have been prone to ramble, I wrote my “story” about three times before I got it under 26 words. Here’s the result: Continue reading Need a Taste of a Story?

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What If I Don’t Have Time?

I love going to the art gallery on my college campus and seeing what other students have created. I just don’t have time make anything myself.

But that’s not completely true. There’s always some lag time between my classes or while I’m waiting for the shuttle. I just tend to use these gaps to browse Facebook or Twitter. Although I’m never on for very long, these bits of time can add up.

For one day, I challenged myself to use these breaks to create something, specifically to draw. I’m not an art major—the last drawing class I took was in middle school. My confidence in my artistic ability maxes out slightly above stick figures.

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How am I going to fill all those boxes?

Still, I carried a sheet of printer paper and a mechanical pencil with me all day yesterday. Instead of using my breaks between classes to check social media, I drew. I had no specific requirements for subjects, so sometimes I drew geometric shapes, sometimes I drew identifiable (though very cartoon-y) objects, and sometimes I just doodled.

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Making progress

I’m sure that my results violate several artistic principles, but I had fun. At first, I had a hard time coming up with ideas, but it got easier the more I drew. I would love to try doing this again, maybe with more specific subject matter or more realistic drawings. This project made me wonder what else I could create in my schedule’s margins.

Done!
Done!

Want to learn more about drawing or try a challenge?

Can You Outfit Shop Creatively on a Budget

By Anna Rose Meeds

Pink, red, and black dress
Pink, red, and black dress: $3.99

How do you find inexpensive but classy clothing?  Is it possible to look attractive while spending a small amount of money?  Are brand name items worth the price or can one stand out while still saving cash?

These are questions that I have heard many young adults pondering.  Growing up, I was taught to enjoy well-made clothing but look for deals.  One of the best places to find these hidden treasures is at a thrift store or Goodwill.

Pink shirt with checkered skirt
Pink shirt with checkered skirt: $7.99

Perhaps you do not regard shopping as art.  However, there is a certain creativity involved in searching for something new, unique, or useful.  Choosing between different items not only requires logic but imagination.  How will this dress make you look as opposed to that one?  What cookie will make your roommates the happiest?  Should you spend money on something you trust or take a chance on a new item?  All of these choices help you to think outside of the box.  Putting together parts of an outfit while clothing shopping especially brings out this creative quality.

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Play Us a Song, Piano Girl!

Whenever I think of music, one of the first instruments that pops into my head is the piano.  Now, I’m not a piano player, but I do love its sound, so for today’s short burst of art, I decided to try to play the piano.  Granted, I didn’t have any music and I couldn’t remember where Middle C was, but that’s okay. I just sat down at one of the pianos at school and began to play.   I’m not sure that it sounded exactly like music, but I’d like to think that it sounded a little better than just some girl banging on a piano.

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Book Art for the Rest of Us

By Brienna

Art can be intimidating for those of us without access to studios or even art supplies. For example, I recently visited the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the largest center dedicated to bookbinding and related crafts. MCBA’s gallery showcases the intricate, beautiful work of local artists.

I have always wanted to try making a book, but I have never taken any of MCBA’s bookbinding or papermaking classes. I don’t own any of the binding thread sold in their shop. It’s easy for me to look at the tiny, hand-cut pages spiraling out to form landscapes of European cities (complete with accurate depth perception) and give up. Continue reading Book Art for the Rest of Us

Reciting a Dramatic Monologue

By Anna Rose Meeds

Sometimes, I long to escape from my life and become another person.  This is one of the reasons that acting on stage gives me a thrill of freedom.  Actors and actresses learn to transform their own personalities into a new persona with the use of imagination and character study.  When the spotlight hits me, I transform into someone from another world.

However, unless you are cast in a show, theater is not a consistent form of self-expression and creativity.  Luckily, reciting dramatic monologues from plays, movies, or books can give you a similar feeling.

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A Short Burst of Dance

Do you need more cardio in your life but dread the sight of a treadmill?  If this describes you, then know that you’re not alone.  I too am tired of running on the treadmill and doing sit-ups.  So for this weekend’s short art burst, I’m daring you to dance for your workout.

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Now, you may be thinking to yourself “But I’ve never taken lessons!” That’s okay – I’m not a trained dancer by any stretch of the imagination.  To me, dancing is simply moving your body to some sort of rhythm.  It doesn’t have to be some crazy Dancing with the Stars routine; it can be as simple as stepping side toside and snapping your fingers.  It’s a wonderful way to express yourself.

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Write Bad Poems

by Brienna

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One of the main reasons why we don’t try creative things is because we’re afraid to fail. We’re afraid that our drawings won’t look right or that our dancing will be awkward. This is especially true for art that seems intimidating or inaccessible, like poetry.

We’re forgetting that to create good art, we first have to create bad art. If you or your siblings took piano or violin lessons as kids, you’ll know what I’m talking about. When you first squeaked out the notes to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” at your recital, you sounded terrible. You just didn’t care.

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Photography: Finding the Creative in the Mundane

By Anna Rose Meeds

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Pastry at the Cafe on campus

Today, I decided to use my new camera to take some photographs.  This creativity challenge might seem simple, but walking the halls of school trying to find interesting subjects filled my day. Every potential item intrigued me but then seemed like a lame choice.

In a world where anyone can snap a picture with their phone, I feel silly attempting to be a photographer. If the finished product does not look perfect, what is the point? That harsh philosophy has been my past belief.

Fall meets winter
Fall meets winter

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