This thread is coming from here.
Creating things and reveling in the creations of others is a key aspect of happiness and mental well-being. We live in a society, however, that doesn't have a whole lot of space for people to create just for fun. This thread is an opportunity to give anyone here who wants it a chance to do that.
For the past couple of years, I've been working as a Communications Coach. One of my services is a creative prompt course that gives people a chance to explore a wide range of artistic activities without the pressure of having to do something "perfect." In talking to some people here, I feel like this might be a great way for everyone to explore their artistic side.
Format / Instructions:
1) I will put up detailed instructions every Monday in this thread.
2) Each prompt is meant to take a set amount of time. Generally, this will be 20-30 minutes. Don't go over the set time, even if you don't finish. Remember: Finishing isn't the goal, the act of creating is the goal.
3) If something in the prompt is spoiler tagged, don't look at it until instructed.
4) You can feel free to share the results of the prompt in thread, or PM me, or just keep it to yourself!
5) I'm not going to give any critical feedback unless specifically requested (and even then it will be framed in the exploration of exploring a different possibility, not in criticism.)
6) If you would like people to be able to respond to your work, please indicate at the end of your post. Say "I am open to public reactions." If that phrase does not appear at the end of someone's prompt, don't comment on it at all.
7) If you want to give feedback to someone, and they have indicated they are open to public reactions, the feedback must be positive. We're all hardwired to be super self-critical. It is telling (and in some ways damning) that we refer to people who evaluate art as "critics." We probably all have a memory of writing or drawing something as a kid, and we probably experienced an adult either intentionally or accidentally diminishing it. "Is that supposed to be a lion?" or "That's cute but mommy only has two arms not four!" In this space, there is none of that. These prompts are about nurturing creative impulses and celebrating everyone's ideas, no matter how much they deviate from the cultural ideas of what makes quote unquote "good" art. Anyone who puts up critical feedback to someone else will be asked to delete the comment.
8) Throughout the coming weeks we will be engaging with all sorts of mediums. Some prompts will build on prior prompts. I'll keep a list of links to the prompts themselves for anyone who wants to jump in late. I will ask you that if you limit yourself to one of these a day, even though they don't take a lot of time. Part of this process is about having time to think about and soak in what you've done previously.
9) If something is unclear, feel free to PM me.
Whew, with all of that said, first prompt is coming up!