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January 23 @ 10:30 am
Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce

In this two-hour workshop taught by M. Kathleen Warren, artists will explore writing an artist statement about their work using a more visual approach: mind mapping. Mind mapping is especially useful to capture thoughts, see relationships, discover new perceptions, even to begin organizing ideas and words before the artist starts to write sentences. We’ll discuss topics to include in your artist statement such as descriptions and techniques then add more abstract ideas like the artist’s creative process, story of the work, and personal insights. The techniques in this workshop are “analog” that is, using paper and pen rather than computer or software, and this holistic approach tends to generate “flow” for those who are more visual. Each student should bring a photograph or image of one of their art pieces or of a short series of pieces for the statement. Those who want to use color in their mind maps should also bring colored pens.   About the Instructor Throughout her life, M. Kathleen Warren has been drawn to stories, both to the narratives within the lives of others and to unfolding visual stories in her art. She started photography in a traditional darkroom, including formal instruction and degree, and over the years she learned to use the tools of light, composition, and photo-manipulation to share her view of the world around her. In recent years, Kathleen has moved towards alternative process printing and using encaustic wax methods to combine elements into hand-crafted pieces with layers, textures, and words to expand her story-making. Kathleen has long had a love for teaching; after she retired from teaching biological sciences at the college level, she has moved into teaching art and photography-based classes. Her passion is to help students get the results they desire rather than to simply impart skills. Kathleen enjoys sharing her artwork and the narratives of her art, and she is currently represented at two Volusia County art galleries. She competes at various local and regional art shows where she has received numerous awards including best of show, and her work has been published internationally. Fees/Admission $20.00 – OMAM Member Price $23.00 – Non-Member Price

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