Cultivating Creativity

According to Artists Weekly, studies show art is good for mental health. It's not only a personal way to cope, express emotion, and find purpose, it's also a way to share the power of the creative imagination to restore hope and imagine new possibilities for humanity.

One way to cultivate creativity is to get into a regular creativity habit. Make time each day or each week to flex your artistic muscle. What you create doesn't have to be a masterpiece every time we sit down to make art.

Another way to be creative is to learn new things. Experiment with a new technique, try a different medium, or read about art.

Each month, Living Creatively with Denise Laurin (that's me!) offers a Zoom workshop at an affordable group price to provide one way to get into the creativity habit. The next workshop runs on Tuesdays between 1:00-2:30 PM CDT June 6, 13, 20 and 27. This month, students will learn how to achieve texture with acrylic paints in an easy and fun beach-themed composition. Cost: $35; $25 for seniors over 60 with code SENIORSUMMER.

To learn about art and art history, attend one of my upcoming presentations:

June 13, 2:00 PM. Hanover Township Senior Center. (630) 483-5600

"East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences between Hemispheres”

June 6, 6:00 PM. Arlington Heights Senior Center (847) 253-5532.

"Chicago Architecture.”

July 8, 2:00 PM. Hanover Township Senior Center. (630) 483-5600

“Secrets of the Sistine”

July 13, 6:00 PM. Arlington Heights Senior Center. (847) 253-5532

The Amarna Period: A Revolution in Egyptian Art.”

August 31, 6:00 PM. Arlington Heights Senior Center. (847) 253-5532

”The Many Ways to Look at Art.”

September 14, 6:00 PM Hanover Township Senior Center. (630) 483-5600. "What IS a Masterpiece?”

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