The Secret Life of Artists: Cultivating an Artistic Practice

Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 10:00 am-4:00 pm

A Workshop with Thea Kovac

Fee: $75/ $65 members

Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. To register click here. You will receive additional information once you register.

What does an artist experience before and after completing a work of art?

Together we will explore the workings of an artistic practice as well as ways to keep it alive. Through lecture, discussion and playful exercises, we will analyze the cyclic nature of the creative process, matching specific attitudes and activities to their predictable seasons. We will discover how to cultivate a fertile imagination, work through “blocks,” build internal and external support systems for our artistic efforts, and integrate creative work into the demands of daily life. Active, inactive, and aspiring visual artists, writers, and performing artists are welcome, as well as those who are curious about human creativity. No artistic experience required.

Come equipped with a notebook or paper for taking notes, a writing instrument, and a set of 6 colored markers. Also bring a bag lunch and beverages and dress for the outdoors—we’ll be making use of Lynden’s 40 beautiful acres.

About Thea Kovac

Thea Kovac, visual artist, art instructor, and private art coach, calls her artistic practice The Lost Playground Studio. She has taught watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, and drawing courses in Continuing Education Departments at several area colleges including MIAD. She has led creative process workshops in many Wisconsin settings, such as the Weidner Center at UW- Green Bay, Woodland Pattern Book Center, and at the Girl Scout CyberCamp at Alverno College, and has held Artist Residencies at MPS schools. She paints vivid watercolor and acrylic paintings in her loft studio on the north side of Milwaukee. She currently teaches art classes at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center in Brookfield; House Call Art Classes (in-home art classes for individuals and small groups); and Lost Playground Art Classes at Danceworks.

You can learn more about Thea Kovac at

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