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ART 13 — Cultivating Creativity in the Everyday

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 24—May 29
Time: 5:30—7:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 26
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $405
Instructor(s): Amy Elkins
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—7:30 pm (PT)
Apr 24—May 29
6 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 26
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Amy Elkins
ACCESS 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. Every one of us can harness it, 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 we have forgotten how to be creative, especially while juggling the tedium and stress of everyday life. As with any habit we want to cultivate, creativity takes daily practice. In this course, we will reignite our creative sides through in-class exercises, art sharing, and daily practice prompts. Each week, students will experiment with media such as drawing, writing, photography, sculpture, and mindfulness, among other things, to tackle concepts of identity, endurance, memory, grief, and more. Students will be given a set of daily prompts emphasizing experimentation and play over perfection. In addition, they will be introduced to contemporary creatives who have embraced daily practice—including Marina Abramović, Jason Polan, Austin Kleon, and Jamie Livingston—to understand why such practice is important to art making and one’s well-being.

This course welcomes students of all experience levels. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course, the cost of which will depend on students’ individual needs.

Artist; Educator

Amy Elkins is a visual artist working in photography, installation, and sculpture and has spent the past 15-plus years researching, creating, and exhibiting work that explores the complexities of identity and gender. More recently, her work and research have pivoted to explore her family's deeply rooted and complex history in Southern California as an eighth-generation born on Tongva/Gabrielino land in the greater Los Angeles area. Her work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta; South Bend Museum of Art in Indiana; MSU Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan; Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Elkins received an MFA in art practice from Stanford. 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.