When you really know that

you can turn any 'mistake'

into something that works

and beyond that into some-

thing beautiful, then you are

free to experiment and take

chances. What starts out as

a journal practice, becomes

a way of life.

— Sharon Kagan

The continuing expansion of my work as an artist and teacher has led to surprising innovation. Because of an incredibly full schedule, I tried something new last spring. Rather than mail out 900 brochures, I limited the list and e-mailed a notice to everyone for whom I had an e-address. Surprise, surprise—with far less effort I had great enrollments. My eyes were opened. My plans are to print a brochure once a year. For all of you who have been on my mailing list I will switch to e-correspondence. Quarterly, I will e-mail you a letter, schedule of classes and new journal exercise.

If you want to continue to receive Creativity Center news, including invitations to exhibitions please send us an email. We hope to eventually create an active gallery, where students can send us jpeg images of their work and we will post them.

The Center is alive and well. The Visual Journal continues to be the core of everything we offer. The Fairy Tale class has a life of its own, with writing projects, exhibitions and performances growing out of this 6-week session. Many students have been able to develop their pieces by repeating the course. And finally, as students at the Center make bigger commitments to their artistic lives they find they have more practical questions about sustaining their artistic pursuits, that’s where Ann Enkoji’s class “Creative Livelihoods” comes into play. We have also added classes that are taught by other instructors. Susan Hill, the director of Artsreach, is offering a 2-Saturday workshop on Grant Writing and a 4-week Dream Circle workshop. More is in the works and we will keep you posted on all of our new developments. We hope to bring in other guest teachers on subjects like “Breaking Into the Gallery System.” Let me know what you’d like to see included in our curriculum.As always, I hope to see you fulfilling your creative dreams. Let me know if I can be of service in your pursuits.

The Creativity Center founder and director Sharon Kagan, M.F.A. and M.A., has been teaching since 1981. A painter and performance artist, she is a Brody Arts Fund Fellowship Award recipient and a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence. Sharon is currently an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica College, where she helped develop the Art Mentor Program for gifted students. In addition to earning degrees from UCLA, Otis Art Institute and Sierra University, she trained with artists, Betye Saar and Judy Chicago; studied with psychologist Carl Rogers and art therapist Lucia Capacchione. Over the years she’s taught in public institutions, learning centers and corporations; places like UCLA Extension, the Esalen Institute and Mattel Toys.

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