Creative Branding

What is creative branding?

It is a focus on being brave, being confident, having deep passion and being a killer storyteller. Want to know more? Join me at Mesa Art Center Wed. Nov 16 at 6pm.

We’ll spend a few hours talking about your creative brand and why you gotta do it!

 

Mesa Art Center located at 1 E Main St, Mesa, Arizona 85201

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Local First AZ Fall Festival

This weekend is the annual Local First AZ Fall Festival.   Come join the fun from 10 am to 4 pm at Hance Park downtown Phoenix. I will be there with my family enjoying my amazing AZ community.

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I have been a proud local first member since the inception of this amazing Arizona organization and have donated a piece of art for the auction every year. You can bid now and day of – check it out HERE.

 

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Make it S.T.E.A.M-Y

Arizona S.T.E.A.M fans – Join me on Sept 15th for my talk on making your S.T.E.M and S.T.E.A.M events S.T.E.A.M-Y at Scottsdale Center for the Arts
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“Make it S.T.E.A.M. – Y,” a session about creating experiences through S.T.E.A.M., is an interactive opportunity to see how creativity and play provide clarity around innovating and integrating S.T.E.A.M into business and educational practices with a focus on Process over Product.

Session Objective:

In this session you will learn how to leverage creative, playful methods to enhance your work. What you will learn from this session include the following discussion points:

Discussion Points:

1. Have Fun
Ask are you having fun? If the answer is no – make small ‘micro moment’ changes now!

2. Be Brave
Learn how to walk into creative play with bold bravery and a ‘let’s just try it’ attitude.

3. Brainstorm
Start with playful Ideation and creative brainstorming.

4. Experiment
Allow for the process to let experiential, organic magic to occur. Then learn how to capture this to use next time. This takes bravery to muster up the courage to play creatively but let’s talk about the fact that you have nothing to lose and will likely have a fun time experimenting.

5. Commit
Be deeply committed to Process Over Product because it is a journey – there will be many ever-changing destinations. S.T.E.A.M is already designed to celebrate this – learn how to harness and enhance it.

6. Just Do it
The way to allow for process to take root in your playful creative practice is to say out loud things like ‘I am playing’, ‘I am experimenting’, ‘I want to see what will happen if. . . . . .’ Learn how to Just play, enjoy the process, make and experience a lot of stuff. If you commit to the playtime to just be creative you will create all kinds of stuff, some terrible, some very cool, some you want to repeat.

7. Dump it or Deposit it
If you look at something you have been working on and think maybe there is something there but are not sure then store it for a while by depositing it in a place for safekeeping. Then pull it out when you have a fresh perspective.

8. Time
You have to dedicate time to this. When and how can you set aside time to play and be creative?

 

Ladies Talk (and draw) Science

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Ernst Haeckel Diatoms

Friday July 22 | S.T.E.A.M.-Y Ladies Night Out

with artist Cyndi Coon and scientist Catherine Seiler

Did you know that people aren’t the only things that like “selfies?” Inspired by the work of artist Ernst Haeckel, this hands-on workshop includes down-to earth science talk about diatoms and the opportunity to draw your own mini “Cellfies.” It will be like taking a snap shot of your own cells!

Coon is the Chief Experience Officer and President of Laboratory5 Inc. and Seiler is a Program Manager at the Biobank Core Facility at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

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This workshop is Free and takes place in the TCA Gallery from 6-8 p.m.

Location: 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ 85281 
Free parking is available for this event at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Local STEAM

I have had the privilege over the last several months to be a STEAM advisor for the City of Tempe to assist on an upcoming family friendly summer series that includes and exhibit and a series of both kid and adult workshops.

 

STEAM

Public Opening Reception: TONIGHT – May 27, 6-9 p.m. | Free

The exhibition runs May 27-Sept 17

STEAM is a movement inspired by the popularity of STEM-based education. It seeks  to inspire creative thinking and collaboration between the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. This exhibition features art and interactive scientific displays which explore these connections. It also highlights the individuals who are using the various disciplines to transform and make better the lives of everyday people.

Thank you for your support: 

I will be leading a workshop for adult ladies this summer. I list that here first. Then continue to scroll to see all of the kid and adult workshops offered by the City of Tempe around the idea of STEAM.

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July 22 | S.T.E.A.M.-Y Ladies Night Out
with artist Cyndi Coon and scientist Catherine Seiler

Did you know that people aren’t the only things that like “selfies?” Inspired by the work of artist Ernst Haeckel, this hands-on workshop includes down-to earth science talk about diatoms and the opportunity to draw your own mini “Cellfies.” It will be like taking a snap shot of your own cells!

Coon is the Chief Experience Officer and President of Laboratory5 Inc. and Seiler is a Program Manager at the Biobank Core Facility at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Family Workshops

Visit a new Maker Space theme every two weeks! Enjoy these free workshops on Saturdays from Noon-2 p.m. in the Gallery.

Bird Sanctuary

Picture3May 28 | Recycled Cardbird Looms
with Madison Creech & Molly Koehn

Cardboard looms can be taken anywhere and made out of any scrap cardboard. Learn basic tapestry weaving techniques.

Picture4June 4 | Birds and Blooms 
with Frank Gonzales

Create a delicate bird and flower drawing with a vibrant splash of you favorite vibrant color.

Insect Lab

Picture5June 11 | Insect Specimen Jars
with Dr. Sangmi Lee

See some live specimens from ASU’s Hasbrouck Insect Collection at the School of Life Sciences and decorate an insect jar of your own.

Picture6June 18 | Frankenstein Moths
with TCA staff

Inspired by the artwork of Alexandra Bowers. Use your mad scientist skills to create and draw a new insect species from different parts.

Body Shop

Picture7June 25 | Hand-Eye Coordination 
with Monica Aissa Martinez

Artists use their eyes, hands, brain and heart. Learn basic anatomy while drawing and making thoughtful connections.

Picture8July 2 | Robotic Hand
with TCA staff

A robotic hand doesn’t need  metal or a computer. Make a moving cardboard hand using bendable straws, string and a lot of imagination.

Maker Cafe

Picture9July 9 | T-Shirt Transfers
with Chandler TechShop

Bring your own t-shirt and create a DIY design that tells everyone how much you love STEAM! (Limited supply of kids and adult tees available for sale.)

Picture1July 16 | 3D Body Scanning & Printing
with ASU PRISM Lab’s Andrew Noble

See a live demonstration of 3D imaging technology and printing.

 

Camera Crazy

Picture10July 23 | Pinhole Camera 
with TCA staff

Did you know that cameras see the world upside down? Learn about optics by creating your own cardboard tube pinhole camera.

Picture11July 30 | Abstract Geo Drawings
with geologist Brad Vance

Rocks aren’t just full of textures and colors on the outside. Be inspired by microscopic images of minerals to create abstract art.

Bridge Challenge

Picture12August 6 | Lego Master Builder

Live demonstration by a master builder from Tempe’s new Legoland Discovery Center. Try your own hand at building a load-bearing bridge.

 

Big Kid Workshops

Why let kids have all the fun at the TCA’s STEAM exhibition? Big Kids like science and art too! Join us for these Friday night events for the 21 and older crowd. Arrive early to grab a cocktail and a snack at  “hello Friday” in the lobby. Then head into the Gallery for an arts and sciences inspired workshop.

Each workshop is Free and takes place in the Gallery from 6-8 p.m.

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June 17 | T-Shirt Transfers
with TCA staff

We’re living in a DIY (do-it-yourself) culture of home remodeling and furniture refurbishing. Why not put your own creative touch on the American classic, the t-shirt!

BYOT (bring-your-own-tee) or purchase one from us. We’ll help you choose a logo on our computer, cut it with a vinyl plotter and iron it on your tee. Walk in with an ordinary shirt and leave looking extraordinary in your new STEAM inspired fashion.

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July 22 | S.T.E.A.M.-Y Ladies Night Out
with artist Cyndi Coon and scientist Catherine Seiler

Did you know that people aren’t the only things that like “selfies?” Inspired by the work of artist Ernst Haeckel, this hands-on workshop includes down-to earth science talk about diatoms and the opportunity to draw your own mini “Cellfies.” It will be like taking a snap shot of your own cells!

Coon is the Chief Experience Officer and President of Laboratory5 Inc. and Seiler is a Program Manager at the Biobank Core Facility at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

 

Listen In Nature

Many children in this country have lost all understanding that they are part of nature and are connected to nature.We live so fearfully that children will be nabbed or will get hurt that we keep them inside and away from danger. But ultimately we are harming them far worse by robbing them of the experiences that can only be found outside in nature.

“To become stronger adults, kids need to be outside and allow their bodies to do what they’ve been designed for from the beginning. – Kacie Flegal, a chiropractor in Ashland, Ore., who specializes in pediatrics.

In college I studied Ornithology because I was obsessed with the film maker Peter Greenaway. His film A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist change my view of birds, film making and visual experiences.

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Some of Greenaway’s other best-known films include:  The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982), A Zed & Two Noughts (1985), The Belly of an Architect (1987), Drowning by Numbers (1988), and his most successful (and controversial) film, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) also include references to Ornithology, birds and nature.

As a parent this has me thinking about sharing a love for birds with my children and if I want to get them outside to listen more I can start with the sound of various songbirds. Doing this can really can teach a child about the diversity of the natural world.

Once you spend time outside listing for birds why not get creative?  Set up an outdoor creativity studio where you can build and make things! Go grab these Free plans to build a birdhouse for your own back yard from Ana White

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ADDED BONUS:

While building your bird house listen to some classic music inspired by birds.

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Play Outside – Look up!

There are so many ways to create kids who love being and playing outside. Children benefit greatly from the sensory experiences in nature, including looking at things outside, smelling things that are organic in nature, listening to sounds in nature and touching textures while they are outside.

So how do we actively do the work to get kids off of tech and out into nature?  Start small!  Ask a child to step outside and look at shapes that they can see in the clouds, once out there have them notice the wind on their face or the feeling of sun shining down on them. Ask them to take a deep breath and smell the scents all around them, have them describe what they smell. Grow their outdoor experiences from there.

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Want to turn this activity in to a creative outcome? Check out “The Cloudspotter’s Guide” from your local library and then use the attached Cloud Template: Clouds Template

And follow these instructions:

How to make a cloud mobile

 

The Clouds:

  1. Use the PDF cloud template offered on this site. Cut out five cloud shapes out of cream or white cardstock.
  2. Glue these shapes down on a larger piece of paper, leaving plenty of room around each shape.
  3. Look at each shape and think about what it looks like i.e: a rocket ship? A fried egg? Draw that shape around the cloud form and cut each bigger picture out.
  4. Use colored pencils to color in the outer forms if desired.
  5. Hole punch the top of each shape.
  6. Run a piece of string or yarn down through each of the holes so you form a continuous ladder of shapes.
  7. Tie the top piece of string or yarn off into a hanging loop.

 

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Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

Visit our website: Laboratory5       Follow us on Twitter: @lab5     Become a fan on Facebook: Laboratory5
Contact Us at anytime – we’d love to hear from you