The Difference Between an Artist and a Product

Over the weekend Katie and I watched Saturday Night Live, and we got into a discussion about, of all things, Ed Sheeran. Now, neither of us are fans, but we don’t have anything against him, either. He’s just not our cup of tea, and we’re not his demographic. We did agree that we respect him,…

Embrace the Power of Your Creative Process

The theme running through everything for me today is the relationship between art, the artist, and the audience. Katie’s head is in this space because her Master’s thesis, and her Ph.D. proposal, touch on the value of art education in relation to the agency and identity of art educators. I’m thinking about it because it’s…

Why I Need a Creative Community

The final principle behind the Make Art Not War 2017 Challenge is connection. “Manage your connections with your online and offline communities to remain focused but grounded.” This is the primary reason that I signed up for the challenge, and the area that I need to focus on the most. Right now I don’t feel…

Katie in Finland: Make Art Not War, Part 2

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about why art education is important, how Katie’s creative process for making dolls feeds into her academic research and writing process, and why something seemingly only of value to the individual can be valuable to everyone. DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for entertainment purposes only. It is not a…

Why I Need Creative Accountability

The third criteria for the Make Art Not War 2017 Challenge is accountability. “Pledge to hold yourself accountable to this Make Art Not War 2017 Challenge.” Do what you’ve set out to do, every single day, using whatever metric you’ve decided on — an hour a day, a word count target, one illustration, five photos,…