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 seriously?
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 art".
Can I just relax with the idea of encouraging art practice for pleasure?
|Students making art and having fun at Madeline Island School of the Arts.|
|Having fun and making art in Green Valley, AZ|
|Having fun and making art (and goofing around with my ukulele and alligator puppet) at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops|