March 10-14, 2010

Ordinary Life Extraordinary Images

Thrinley Di Marco

The mystery and magic of creativity is simply seeing what everyone sees but thinking what no one else has thought. Out of the commonplace images all around, if one looks at them carefully and sensitively, one can create extraordinary images.

Students will work with the basic elements of two-dimensional design, with the goal of producing a collage that represents their ideas about their relationship to life, nature, spirit or spiritual practice.

This workshop will include:
Discussion on the nature of creativity
Learning basic concepts of design
Learning to handle materials
Designing and completing a collage

Course Aims:
The aim of this workshop is not necessarily to produce artists but to encourage an individual's creative response to their world.  People in touch with their innate creativity invariably feel better about themselves. They are more likely to see the world as a place of richness, beauty and power and want to save it, care for it and celebrate it. To open oneself to creativity is to open to all other beings.

Please bring:
• a small pair of very sharp scissors and/or an Exacto or scalpel type knife
• a glue stick ('dry' glue), at least 3 pieces of very stiff paper board.The size should be no smaller than 8 1/2" x 11"  and after that, whatever size fits in a suitcase or backpack.  
• Matt board that is used to frame art work or photographs is really good but other stiff paper board, even clean cardboard, would do as well.  Often picture framers will sell cheaply or give away odd pieces of matt board left over from framing jobs.
• Any other bits and pieces of paper that strikes your fancy, i.e. pages from magazines or newspapers with color, textures, designs, other images that you find interesting.

Thrinley Di Marco produces fine crafts and sculpture in her studio, located on the grounds of Sakya Kachod Choling on San Juan Island, Washington. She has worked with special education students, adults and children of all ages. Her work, focusing especially on the relationship between ancient cultures and the natural world, has been exhibited on San Juan Island and Washington State over the past 30 years. She is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.