Archive for January, 2009

January 19, 2009

Cross Art Form Collaborations

After an hour of googling, I have found the term for what I was looking for: cross art form collaborations.

Several friends of mine who work in various art forms (poetry, fiction, visual art, music) meet once a month for an Art Sharing time. We take 3 hours, start with a check-in and then share works in progress. Simple as that. There are potentially 15 of us, but usually about 5 arrive and we finish comfortably within the 3 hours, even with a break in the middle.

We’re considering collaborations among 2 or 3 or more of us and I wondered what other artists had learned about how to do this.

Here’s one link I found:

From all I found, digital media seems to be a key piece in these collaborations, but I could be wrong. Anyone know references on “how to collaborate cross art forms”?

January 19, 2009

Scribbling as Sacred Writing?

I’ll be doing a one and a half hour workshop as part of the annual Women’s Spirituality Celebration Planning on Saturday, March 14, 2009

at the Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace


The 2009 Theme is Relearning ancient wisdom –  Reclaiming Our Sacred and Sensual Feminine”


 My workshop is:

Scribbling as Spiritual Practice/Sacred Writing


Scribbling as sacred mark-making

When children scribble, it is, at first, for the pure pleasure of using their body to make marks. The workshop will begin with comments about artmaking as spiritual practice from ancient times to modern and the reclaiming of “Visio Divina”.

After an introduction of children’s art development and their “purpose” in scribbling, the group will scribble with crayons while considering their own spiritual lives and practices.  We will paint over the scribbles, and while they dry, look at ancient mark-making including runes. After the pieces dry, participants will etch into the piece their message/commitment/wish – either in runes or symbols.


Mary Bennett has a B.Ed. in Art Education facilitates workshops on “kindergarten for adults”. She is a practising visual artist working in mixed-media collage primarily and considers artmaking her form of meditation. Mary is an active member of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver and was the Executive Director of the Canadian Unitarian Council, the national office of the Unitarian Church from 2000-2008.  For more information, go to


I’ve been web-surfing and learning more about   “Visio Divina” – art viewing and making as spiritual practice.



January 6, 2009

The 3Rs of type development: recognize, reflect + respond

I’ve started thinking about facilitating the “3 R’s” in my consultations and workshops using Jungian psychological type.

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January 6, 2009

2009 is here – Resolutions + Affirmations

New Year’s has most of us at least asking ourselves the question as to whether we’re going to make resolutions this year.  One article I read suggested we resolve to recycle – in fact, we could start by recycling last year’s resolutions.


I delivered a talk on resolutions at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver at the end of December suggesting it’s the old year that needs resolution: resolution in the sense of bringing to a successful closure, the way conflicts are resolved – or how artists “resolve” a painting. (You can read the whole talk at if you’re interested.)


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