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ART 13 — Cultivating Creativity in the Everyday

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 26—Feb 23
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 28
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $305
Instructor(s): Amy Elkins
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 26—Feb 23
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 28
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Amy Elkins
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Creativity is an invaluable tool. It enriches our lives, taps into our curiosities, makes us more mindful, and engages us with the world. It is something every one of us can harness, yet so many of us have been taught to push it aside to make room for things deemed more important. Over time, many of us feel as if we have forgotten how to be creative, especially while juggling the tedium and stress of every day. As with any habit we want to cultivate, creativity takes daily practice. In this course, we will reignite our creative sides through in-class workshops, art sharing, and daily practice prompts. Each week, students will be introduced to a new medium—drawing, photography, sculpture, writing, and mindfulness. They will be given their own set of prompts with an emphasis on experimentation and play. In addition, they will be introduced to contemporary creatives who have embraced daily practice in these media—including Marina Abramović, Jason Polan, Erwin Wurm, Austin Kleon, and Jamie Livingston—to understand why such practice is important to both art-making and one’s well-being.

This course welcomes students of all experience levels. Because of the higher enrollment compared with a traditional art studio course, formal art critiques will not be a part of weekly meetings. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course, the cost of which will depend on students’ individual needs.

Visual Artist

Amy Elkins is an award-winning visual artist who has spent the past 15-plus years creating, exhibiting, and publishing art. She received an MFA in art practice from Stanford and has given artist talks at institutions around the globe. Elkins has taught courses at Stanford and UC Berkeley. Her work can be viewed at amyelkins.com.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.