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Davis Arts Center: Let’s all find a way to carry on with artistic endeavors

As many of you know, Davis Arts Center made the decision to cancel classes through the end of April and temporarily close the front office. We know that you enjoy coming to Davis Arts Center for the community and the connection with each other and the arts. We also recognize that the potential silver lining of this involuntary period of retreat is an opportunity to make art.

365体育投注We hope that you continue your creative practice or take this opportunity to begin one.

Once safe and when operations are up and running, Davis Arts Center plans on making our wall space available to display your art that comes from this time period of social distancing. If you are looking for some inspiration during this time, here are a few resources that you might use to bring art into your life while we are doing our part to protect the most vulnerable in our community and our healthcare community.

365体育投注Many museums offer virtual tours. Search “virtual tours of museums.” Some of them are quite advanced and use the Google Maps technology for their tours while others are quirky.

Some music venues are offering concerts online. The Metropolitan Opera is sharing live streams of operas over the next two weeks. Visit .

Austin Kleon, a favorite creative thinker of the Davis Arts Center staff, wrote a book titled “Keep Going, 10 Ways to Be Creative in Good Times and Bad.” That’s me, holding his book in the photo. He has summarized his tips on his blog:  Then search for “working from home.”

Many people know that I love making one-page zines. If you or your children want to document your time or just write notes to friends (that you will give after it’s safe), all you need is one page of paper and a pen or pencil. I first learned this from Elise Winn Pollard, a former instructor at Davis Arts Center. Austin Kleon has a good tutorial or you can search “one-page zine.” Go to .

Another favorite of mine is Lynda Barry. Her book “Making Comics” shares some exercises that could be fun as a family. The exercise that I did last night was to spend three minutes drawing self-portraits on an index card or a piece of paper cut into quarters.

365体育投注Draw yourself turning into an astronaut, then turning into a fruit or vegetable, then turning into a monster and lastly turning into an animal. Make sure you keep drawing for the full three minutes and don’t use stick figures. It helps to start with a round head and then a rectangle body and add limbs from there.

365体育投注You can modify this to many different drawings. Her book has a list. Here are some more to help the ideas flow: In a marching band, with three cats, as a pirate, being carried by an alien, playing in a jazz band, make your own list!

Tutorials on Amazon called “Super Simple Draw” has short sessions on drawing bears, monsters, robots and trains, just to name a few. Visit and search for “Super Simple Draw.”

365体育投注Lastly, during this temporary closure, we will still be accepting memberships, renewals, summer camp registrations and donations. Your financial support is especially appreciated at this time, as it will help us to pay general operating costs during a time when other revenues are being lost and assist us to restart our programming later this spring. You can find all these options available on our website: .

— Stacie Frerichs is executive director of the Davis Arts Center; her column is published monthly.

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