Recovering Your Creativity

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Taught by Christine Garvey

Christine Garvey is an artist, educator, and entrepreneur who divides her time between Austin, New York, and Italy. She received her MFA from Concordia University Montreal, and BFA from Washington University in St Louis. Her works on paper and installations have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions with Galerie Circulaire (Montreal), Sur La Montagne Galerie (Berlin), Jules Maidoff Gallery (Italy), and HERE Art Center (New York). Garvey is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a 2015 Fulbright Research Grant from the Italian Commission, and most recently a City of Austin Community Initiatives Grant. Since 2015, she has been running a popular drawing program in Italy called Tuscan Drawing Excursions bringing students from Brooklyn each year. Garvey primarily lives in Austin, Texas where she is an Assistant Professor of Practice and the 2D Art Foundations Area Head at the University of Texas in the College of Fine Art. For more info visit:

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This 5-hour workshop (plus, a 1-hour lunch break) will focus on identifying and reflecting on creative blocks and giving artists across disciplines (visual art, music, writing, acting) tools for working through these obstacles in a sustainable way. Inspired by Julia Cameron’s The Artist's Way, and instructor Christine Garvey’s own experiences as an artist and educator, this workshop is for anyone who needs a gentle nudge to listen to their creative calling.

Over the course of 4 hours, we will cover topics including:

  • Identifying Core Negative Beliefs
  • Finding your Champions
  • Filling the Well + the Illusion of ‘Duty’
  • Synchronicity
  • Abundance v. Scarcity Mindset
  • The Power of Very Small Goals

Each category will provide exercises for reflection on these concepts. Through writing, collage, and group conversation, artists will reflect on and organize past experiences in a way that will help them identify obstacles and potential blocks. What is getting in the way? How can I negotiate that obstacle with kindness? How can I set achievable goals that will help me move forward? Participants must feel comfortable reflecting on and sharing personal experiences as relates to the workshop topic. The course hopes to facilitate community amongst participants, such that they can continue these meaningful conversations and support systems in the future.

Students should bring a sketchbook or journal with them to class. We'll take a lunch break and may end a bit before 4pm depending on a number of factors.


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