Zen Practice: Cultivating Creativity Ex. 3

john-lennon by andy warholArt Assignment:

Three Mediums

Cultivating your creativity exercises are designed to open up the right side of the brain.  Go slow and think of them as moving meditations.  Do not judge your outcomes, simply be – like a child – happily in the moment.

  1. Obtain sketch book or printer paper.  Lined paper works too.  Etc.
  2. Designate a time everyday.
  3. Sit.
  4. Breathe.
  5. Relax.
  6. Task:  Draw / paint the same thing / picture using three different mediums.  For example: pencil, watercolor, and chalk pastel.  Also you could do one picture that utilizes the three mediums in a holistic way.  As for the mediums – if you don’t have all the fancy stuff you could use pencil, crayons, and collage with newspaper and white glue.  Or, if you want to think outside the box you could use pencil, and then paint one with coffee or tea, and one with vanilla extract.  Warning:  I had a student who did a beautiful piece in vanilla extract, but it was very sticky – so be careful where and how you store it.

***These “Cultivating Creativity” exercises come from an exercise that I use in my classes. If you want more exercises now, feel free to look at the entire worksheet on the Creativity Call to Action page and work at your own pace.

Post by Monica Gaylor.

Top picture by Andy Warhol.


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