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Hoofer

 

Photo courtesy of Pinterest
Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Hoofer: noun. Slang. A professional dancer, especially a tap dancer. (Dictionary.com)

When I did my Fosse imitation a few weeks back, Karina, one of our commenters, suggested that I try to do a Gene Kelly imitation. I’ve tap danced before, I thought. No big deal. Continue reading Hoofer

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Art Is Everywhere

DSC08766Have you ever been in a library or bookstore, glanced at two books shelved next to each other, and realized that their titles formed a phrase or sentence? Today, I turned this phenomenon into art by stacking books so their titles made two short poems.

DSC08764This project was quick, easy, and only required books and a camera, but it reminded me that opportunities for creativity are all around us. Even if you are not a fan of writing, I would strongly encourage you to try incorporating art into your everyday life.

Here are three tips that will make it easier for you to get involved with art:

1. Start small
Sometimes creating art feels like an enormous undertaking, but you don’t have to start with oil painting. Instead, choose one easy project (like stacking books) and a short amount of time (like ten minutes in the evening). You might be surprised by how much you can enjoy in short, simple projects—I know that I was.

2. Ask friends
If you have friends who are involved in genres that intrigue you, ask them if they’ll teach you. This can be pretty scary, but most people enjoy talking about things they enjoy, so they’ll most likely say yes. I would never have tried ceramics or violin without my friends’ help.

3. Try improvising
You won’t always have the exact supplies that you need to follow directions, and that’s completely okay. You can often find something that will work just as well—like trading an awl for a thumbtack. This improvising just gives you another way to enjoy being creative.

Art is everywhere. You just have to know how to look for it.

Right Side Up and Wrong Side Down

I spend a lot of time upside down. It increases the blood flow to the brain, so it really helps your creativity.

Daphne Guinness

We’ve already talked about photography in the mundane, but how about photography from another angle? What if you took pictures of the mundane and did it while being upside down? For example, it’s easy to photograph a table, but have you ever tried from being underneath it?

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Sherlock & Scones

 Is it just me, or does everyone seem to be talking about Sherlock Holmes lately? The first few episodes of season three have been aired recently, and all of my BBC nerd-friends have been talking non-stop about it.

Okay, maybe I shouldn’t sound so pompous. I like watching Sherlock too. 🙂 Anyway, in honor of our American love for all-things-English, I decided to make some scones for today’s short art burst.

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Ukrainian Priests & Lunch-Break Photography

Last week, I came across this picture in my Facebook news feed:

Photo credit: Pinterest

It’s a photograph of priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church standing in between the peaceful protestors and the armed police forces in Kiev. When it was taken, they didn’t know if Ukraine would break out into a civil war, or even if it even survive as a country.

This image captures the priests’ bravery and poise during a time of nation-wide unrest. It reminded me of what draws me to photography—its ability to tell stories and communicate emotions.

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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?

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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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.

dance quote

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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Photography: Finding the Creative in the Mundane

By Anna Rose Meeds

Pastry
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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