I read this article from the New York Times
the other day, and shared it on Facebook because it raised interesting questions for me as a teacher. The article states that fewer people have "hobbies" these days because we have devalued the practice of leisure activities, things we do just for fun and relaxation with no pressure to be good
I will admit to bristling just a little bit when someone comes to a workshop saying "I just want to have fun", and treating it like a vacation. Huh? I ask myself.
Why shouldn't someone come to a workshop for fun? What is MY problem with this?
I guess I think that implicit in "just for fun" is the idea that it's
easy, and anyone who practices art knows that it is anything but easy. But it IS FUN TOO, or we wouldn't do it.
Do I feel that "just for fun" somehow diminishes a practice that I take
One thing about making art (or singing, or making jewelry, or acting, or
cooking - creative endeavors in general) is that you CAN do it for fun.
You CAN achieve a skill level that will allow you to enjoy it and get
some satisfaction out of your creations. And that engaged
enjoyment of a creative activity is valuable in itself.
If I were to teach a workshop, or maybe "offer a session" is a better way to put it, that was really focused on "art for fun", what would that look like? Easy techniques with which you can make beautiful things? Art Without Agony? ... and then my mind jumps to the slightly cynical "quick and easy ways to make real
Can I just relax with the idea of encouraging art practice for pleasure?
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I would love to hear your thoughts on this.