... »complementary to personal creative research and practice - a professional engagement in educational and socio-creative projects - essentially a human learning proposition

solely drawing out a few wildly vague conceptual outlines here - some lowlight glimmering language schemes reflecting but a flurry projection of loose thought-material«

do not hesitate to contact me for more information on artistic/educative interventions
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measuring creative opportunities
creative workshop with children in cooperation with »La Maison des Enfants« in Bordeaux, France, 2013 ;
image credits : Lucie Dujardin, 3w.luciedujardin.fr

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a meditation on the creative experience...

seemingly apart from pure survival instinct doings - yet apparently natural - is a particular human disposition to vitally engage with the world in a somewhat detached and particular sensitive manner .

making art is concrete and playful inter-action with the material world (= gestaltung) .

practically-mindful and formally-aesthetic real-time creative expression - is transfer of erotically driven projection onto substantially responsive environment transformed and translated into subject-matter -

a highly potential and potentially fun process of active existential positioning, liberation, expansion and manifestation - characterized by an overflow of radicalized curiosity - curiously canalized into calculated & intuitive body-mind engagement with inner- and outer-presence -

// the experience is supposed to be physically harmless (! apriori for art practice !) - yet, confronting circumstantial constraints and finding material resistance is common - testing personal limits and overcoming cultural limitations is a motivational condition - »pushing the envelope« by trial and error - the practicing principle - might provoke feelings of frustration and doubtful thinking...

- going into improvisation modus coupled with persistence in trying is key - and will be echoed by continual (un)conscious feedback - ongoing operational adjustment and pragmatic refinement define the essence of the concrete learning-experience... an infinitely expansive and open-ended experience

the creative experience is essentially about capturing the fleeting presence of concrete knowledge in the light of wondrous beauty .

sparks *
nourished by momentarily liberated energy : the experience of body-mind intelligence & experimental material knowledge - can always be further - intentionally & intuitively - tested and applied to space-matter floating in time. //creative production process under the influence of intelligible atmospheric presence - (zeitgeist) //personal & comparative aesthetics //and socio'-cultural constructs .

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... right on ...
- stake out a creative play-field (can-be any kind of harmless setting or situation)
- dim ordinary target aiming logics and give way... go into fusion modus (contrary to fight or flight reaction)
- warm & bright lighting and deep breaths of fresh air facilitate the enterprise ;)
- fully engage in sensual exchange - observe and enjoy ...
// occasionally the outcome makes for good give-aways and presents - which is cool .

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reference and practical approach

* > social sculpture
is an extended concept of art, that was advocated by the german artist Joseph Beuys. Beuys believed in elementary human creativity and its potential to initiate social change.

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some personal guidelines for conducting a creative workshop

* create a warm and positive atmosphere
* think inclusive and provide space for everyone
* be attentive to the individual mindset, abilities of the participants and consider their limitations
* give initial impulses to spark creative exploration
* participate in all activities
* render yourself available for general and personal assistance
* offer conceptual and technical support
* encourage and inspire self-confidence
* enable a critical view on the outcome of the exercise
* stay flexible and adapt to the particular dynamics of the group in a given environment
* enjoy
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techniques and media
story-telling, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation
particular attention is given to non-toxic, harmless, resourceful procedures and environmental concerns
work with paper, wood, clay, pigment and color, found objects and natural resources
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references

ongoing professional experiences mostly in relation with the french educational system which is conventionally organized into the following age groups : : young childhood 3-6 years ; children 6-11 years ; adolescent children 12-17 years ; young adults 17 - 27 years ; adults

i find that inter-generational and mixed culture- groups provide particular high potential fertile grounds.

Centre d'animation Saint-Pierre,Bordeaux, France
continual creative interaction with various public : : my everyday bread and butter :)

La Jenny, domaine résidentiel naturiste, Le Porge France
creativity workshops / artistic practice (2014) : : 2 months artist residence, work with all ages and an open mindset!
proposition : : »fabrique de rêves : soyons réalistes, exigeons l'impossible«
play all day, everyday, forever

La Maison des Enfants, Bordeaux France
creativity workshop / artistic practice (2013) : : for children, 6-8 years old, enrolled in a general arts course
proposition : : »les mains dans la terre - la tête dans les nuages«
storytelling, drawing, work with clay

Surfriders Foundation, Bordeaux France
creativity workshop / artistic practice (2013) : : for college kids, 14-16 years old, environmental project as part of regular school class
proposition : : 3R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) -- valorization of wasted material

Lycée Professionnel Charles Peguy, Bordeaux France
artistic project (2011) : : high school -- young adults, 16-18 years old, production of an art piece
proposition : : introduction to my professional practice and co-production of the art piece »le plan«

L'insoleuse Atelier de Sérigraphie, Bordeaux France
screenprinting workshops : : various public / professional artists
proposition : : making screenprints and printed editions

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence USA
assistant to professor (2007): : undergraduate students in typography class
proposition : : introduction to advanced studies of typography (graduate level)

East London Printmakers, London UK
printmaking tutorials (2005) : : various public / professional artists
proposition : : introduction to various printmaking techniques (screenprint, intaglio, woodcut)

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... i wholeheartedly invite you to contact me in case of interest !