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Unleash Your Inner Artist With The Sketchbook Project
If one of your resolutions was to be more creative, perhaps you should take part in a large-scale art project and have your work exhibited in New York City. No, really! All you have to do is sign up for The Sketchbook Project, an exciting community arts initiative. Thousands of artists, from novices to seasoned veterans, are participating, and there's still room for more to join. When you sign up they send you a blank sketchbook and a due date. You then traipse through daily life buoyed by inspiration, seeing the beauty in everything. (I mean, I'm assuming that's how it works.) Then, starting this summer, all the sketchbooks will be archived and displayed at the Brooklyn Art Library, where the public can view it and proclaim your creative genius. (Again, I'm assuming.)
Here is a great video made by one of the participants, documenting the evolution of his sketchbook's cover:
One collaborator, a retiree from Australia, says of the project, "I was inspired by previous sketchbooks that participants have made. It gave me a purpose, a deadline, and a challenge." Another says, "Knowing that my work will be out there for people to people is an amazing feeling."
If the idea sounds daunting, let me just say that even an amateur like me can vouch for the transformative power of
keeping a sketchbook. I took an art class in college where one of the
assignments was to keep a sketchbook in which you would draw or paint
the same thing—I chose the view from my kitchen window—a different
way every week, and I can still viscerally feel the deep satisfaction I
got from my crappy oil pastels of pigeons. The teacher assured us that
tackling the same subject again and again would help us to see the thing
more deeply and what do you know, she was right! I haven't lived in
that apartment in almost a decade, and yet I can picture the view from
that window precisely. Seeing things more deeply, and having your artwork on display? Whether you're an artist looking for community or a creative person seeking a an assignment, The Sketchbook Project might be just the thing to get you through the winter.
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