Artist's Way : Workbook, Paperback Book

Artist's Way : Workbook Paperback

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
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  • Category: Painting & art manuals
  • ISBN: 9780285637931

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After reading "Magic Writing", I wanted to find a book written for older audiences that explored a similar topic: writing, art and creativity. I stumbled upon "The Artists Way" in my search and was recommended it by one of my yoga students. This book is designed to be a twelve week program to unleash the true creative within. Each chapter is a new week, offering specific advise, exercises, tasks, and homework by the author. The author's tone is conversational and encouraging, reminding the artist/reader what to expect in the process of their own self discovery. In this way, the reader is able to relate to the author, feeling comfortable making mistakes, and understands that being artist is so much more than "doing", it is a way of life, a way of looking at the world, experiencing yourself in relation to that world, and allowing your own worldview to motivate, inspire and transform your artistic expression. What I found most helpful and encouraging about this book is the assignments and the daily journaling required of the artist. I think for high schoolers, many of them believe that doing something once or twice is enough practice. Many high schoolers become discouraged if they aren't "good" at something immediately, or don't show an immediate inherent talent toward something. This how-to guide's greatest lesson is valuing PRACTICE and PATIENCE, two words that many high schoolers with high expectations, wanting instant gratification, may not understand immediately. This step-by-step book may offer an outlet to those students struggling with their own identity and self-concept, teaching them to trust their own intuition and creative spirit. A great extra curricular assignment for students or summer activity. Requires self-discipline!

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