Trainer: Lee Devin

Duration: 2 days
Language: English

Artful Making is an interactive workshop in which everyone participates. There are no slides.

We all know people who seem to be naturally creative, productive and somehow able to do things we can’t do. We call them “talented”, “artistic”, “super intelligent”, or some other word that means they’ve got an inherent ability that we don’t have.

Thing is, most of what we call talent is actually skill, and can be learned. Not only can it be learned (by you), but it can be practiced, and you can get better at it with practice.

Based on the ideas discussed in the book Artful Making, and with a focus on generating and building high-performimg, collaborative teams, this session offers an introduction to some of the skills and exercises that will help you reach your creative potential. The exercises are derived from those used by the artists whose work is most like software development: actors.

This workshop will include work on warm-up, concentration, pushing your edge and innovation, and will introduce the four Artful Making principles of

  • Release
  • Collaboration
  • Ensemble
  • Play

Agenda

Warmup

  • Jumping jacks
  • Wiggles
  • Walking fast and slow
  • Salute to the Sun
  • Freeze Tag

Concentration

  • Focus, Wander, Return
  • Breathing
  • Walking
  • Sense Memory

Total Attention

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Talk around the circle

Release

  • Body: release on the floor
  • Walking from center
  • Mind: Floor Creatures
  • Silly Walk
  • In pairs
  • Talking

Edges

  • Body: stretching
  • Fatigue pain
  • Mind: pair intimacy
  • Talking hands
  • Blind walk

Deep listening

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Stories from the battlefield in groups of 3-5

Collaboration

  • Group sound and movement
  • The Mirror

Note: None of these exercises requires you to perform in public or do anything too weird. If you can take your shoes off, you’ll be fine.