I love this post by Cynthia Bydlinski as she takes us through what happens during an artistic expression program at the Friendship Centers, starting with a vocal warm-up. The interaction is wonderful and with Cynthia's help we can do more than just wonder how things come together.
inspired by four bird’s eggs.
This past week our circle of 5 artists, Vivian, Patricia, Patti, Gloria and Dorothy, were inspired to be creative by people, places and things here in Sarasota.
First we sang a song—a vocal warm-up of sorts. We did our best crooning to “I’ve Got the World on a String" in the style of Frank Sinatra, an opportunity to channel the smooth style of a musical legend.
Then it was on to a “mime slam”. Yes, that’s right a “mime slam” inspired by our very own Joyce (from Sarasota!) who had planted the seed of doing a mime exercise several weeks ago. Several detailed “scenes” were written out for each person to select and then to improvise with their own mime. The scenes included threading a needle, watching and catching a butterfly, making a mayo sandwich and conducting an orchestra. It was so much fun for all of us!
Then it was on to our visual art process. This week we were working with clay. I was inspired by a friend (in Sarasota!) who was talking about the sculpture downtown (here in Sarasota!) of “Unconditional Surrender”. She was saying how interesting it was that an artist took a well-known photograph and created a 3-d sculpture from the original artwork.
So… each of our artists selected a photo (cut out from magazines). They then created a clay sculpture reflecting the spirit of the image they selected. Like all of our work, it could be realistic, abstract, fantastical. It could be a sculpture of what they saw in the picture OR what they would have liked to see in the picture. As artists, we took what we had and turned it into something else.
About Cynthia Bydlinski
Cynthia Bydlinski is a volunteer and helps as a creative arts leader. To find out how you can get more involved as a volunteer at the Friendship Centers, please contact Caroline Allen in Volunteer Development at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota. Getting involved as a volunteer is just a phone call away, 941.556.3249.