Art in the Field 2017
Elk Lake Lodge – Centennial Valley, Montana
Each year Art in the Field takes participants into unique locations experiencing extraordinary natural settings that inspire creative work and spiritual growth. It combines fieldwork with writing and explorations in creativity, spirituality and art. Each person works with the professional faculty to develop a four-day schedule that meets their goals and moves them forward in skills, project development, and personal reflection. While fieldwork is primary, group sharing and study are woven into the schedule through evening programs and mealtime discussions.
This year’s workshop, set in Centennial Valley as the aspen are turning, will be memorable.
Award-winning artist, John Hughes, will lead a daily plein air painting class beginning Friday morning and culminating at noon on Monday. The workshop will consist of daily demonstrations and student painting time with plenty of one-on-one instruction. On most days participants should expect to paint two small studies. On day will be dedicated to painting a series of half hour studies. Artists who wish to work independently are encouraged to sign up for Art in the Field and work withoutinstruction in their preferred medium.
There will be spaces available to work in-doors as well as in the field.
Mary Tull will facilitate field expeditions into the varied and dramatic Centennial Valley environments to photograph landscape, wildlife, historic homestead buildings, and much more! Photographers are also welcomed to plan solo field trips to work on independent projects.
Facilitated by Mary, Tom and Amy writing will be a common thread throughout the Workshop with time set aside to share work including nature writing, poetry, and memoir. Everyone will receive a Spirit Lab Journal to fill with illustrations, observations, and found treasures from bird feathers to brilliant fall leaves.
Creativity, Spirituality & The Arts
Tom Goldsmith and Amy McDonald will facilitate evening explorations into creativity, spirituality and the arts. Our time together in Centennial Valley will provide artists using different art forms an opportunity to reflect on the spiritual influence of creating art in the splendor of such a unique environment. Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. When involved in the creative process, we feel we are living more fully than during the rest of our lives. This represents a remarkable contrast with most of human history when creativity was assumed the prerogative of supreme beings. Now women and men are the creators. Whether this transformation will help the human race or cause its downfall is not yet clear. It is important that we understand the awesome responsibility and opportunity the gift of creativity brings to our lives.