ERIC Number: ED365579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Making Your Own Mark: A Drawing & Writing Guide for Senior Citizens.
Ringold, Francine; Rugh, Madeline
This book is intended for use by older beginning writers and visual artists. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to the complexities of the creative process. The document is a guide to opening and using the creative process in the later years of life. It is arranged in chapters that take the student through a learning process. Exercises to help begin and develop the creative process are provided. The exercises are for writing and drawing, but each chapter also includes physical exercises for developing flexibility of body and mind. The first exercise is the keeping of a 'doodle diary' for jotting down words, phrases, sentences, or making a quick sketch with pencil or pastels. Guidelines for using the book include: (1) trust your perception of what is right for you; (2) respect your own creativity; (3) give yourself permission to play and even to be foolish; (4) do the suggested exercises; (5) choose your tools carefully; (6) do not be afraid of seeing the world in a new way; and (7) keep the channel open, without stopping to criticize yourself while you are in process. Chapters discuss the language of lines or selecting words to express feelings and experiences, and the development of creativity. One chapter is devoted to haiku, a form of Japanese poetry, which attempts to capture the essential, the whatness of a thing, the primary quality that expresses its uniqueness, a way of seeing as well as a way of saying and writing. Instructions for pulling together the previous suggestions show how different approaches transform the same subject. (DK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Art Education, Creative Art, Creative Writing, Creativity, Design, Freehand Drawing, Haiku, Lifelong Learning, Older Adults, Writing Exercises
Council Oak Books, 1350 East 15th Street, Tulsa, OK 74120 ($14.95; 20% quantity discount).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Books
Education Level: N/A
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