Online: Creativity and Connection During COVID-19

Workshop Date:January 14 - February 18

When: Thursdays, 4-5:30pm

Sessions: 6

Price: $115 for members, $125 for non-members

Teaching Artist: Heather Blume + Lise Motherwell

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The pandemic has brought many changes to our lives: social distancing, mask-wearing, inability to travel, separation from family and friends, virtual connections and a slower paced life.  It can leave one feeling isolated and uninspired.  But, “No! This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” (Toni Morrison, 2015).  In this course, we will use art, words and connection to build on our resilience and spark creativity in the face of COVID.  Each week we will provide different prompts for you to create art and then share both the work and the stories that inspired them.  You do not need to be an artist to take this course—just a sense of curiosity and a willingness to take risks.

Heather Blume graduated from the University of Florida with a BFA summa cum laude in painting, from the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art with an MFA cum laude in sculpture and completed the Advanced Art Appraisal Certificate Program at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Currently she exhibits her artwork on a regular basis. Several of her sculptures have been added to the permanent collections of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and the Cahoon Museum of American Art. She is also featured in the book, Cape Cod Contemporary Artists, People and Places by Deborah Foreman. Internationally, her works are included in the permanent collections of the British Museum, and the Royal Coin Cabinet of Sweden in Stockholm.

Blume is the recipient of several art awards and grants some of which include the State of Florida, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists and her work is listed in the registry of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

In tandem with her studio practice, Blume has been professionally teaching art and giving workshops for over 20 years. Her teaching philosophy is based on combining the fundamentals of western art with intuitive creative processes and her practice focuses on the current import of nature in relation to the human condition.

 

Lise Motherwell, PhD, PsyD is a retired licensed psychologist and President of the Board of PAAM.  Prior to becoming a clinician, she earned a PhD in Learning and Epistemology from MIT’s Media Lab where she studied learning styles and gender differences in how children interact with computers.  Her clinical specialties included child, family, individual assessment and treatment, and a specialization in group therapy.  Her interests lie in meaning-making and in the intersection between creativity, play, self-reflection, social connection and art.

Lise Motherwell spent her formative years in a household of artists: her father, Robert Motherwell, her stepmother Helen Frankenthaler, and her sister, Jeannie Motherwell. Surrounded by numerous creative minds and immersed in the New York art world, she developed a passion for travel, art history and museums. In 2012, Lise co-curated with Daniel Ranalli Beside the Sea, an exhibition of her father’s work and in 2018, co-curated with Elizabeth Smith a show of Helen Frankenthaler’s work titled Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown at PAAM, which traveled to the Parrish Museum in 2019.  She has written articles and essays on various artists, including Helen Frankenthaler, Anne-Marie Levine, Robert Motherwell, and Tabitha Vevers. Along with her board work at PAAM, she serves as Vice President of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Board and is a past-president of the board of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Foundation.