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S2 E14: Book Club: Learning By Heart “Celebration”

How will you celebrate 2021 and your year of creativity?

The topic of our final episode for Season 2 seems fitting – Celebration. We talk about what celebration means to us. What are the different aspects of celebration? How does it affect the way we view our creative work? How do we connect and celebrate?  Listen in as we unravel the next layer of the creative process: celebration.

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S2 E12: Book Club: Learning By Heart “Work Play”

What is the relationship between work and play in the creative process??

We are coming to the end of our book study soon. Two more chapters. Today we continue our book study with ‘Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit’ By Corita Kent and Jan Steward. Last time we talked about versatility and possibility when choosing tools and techniques. In this episode we unravel the next layer of the creative process: the relationship between play and work, or as they note in this chapter, Plork.

Shannon Linton joins us. She is a singer-song writer, choral conductor, and music teacher. She is a Hummingbird listener too.

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S2 E11: Book Club: Learning By Heart “Tools and Techniques”

What are your favourite tools and techniques for creating?

We continue our book study with ‘Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit’ by Corita Kent and Jan Steward. We’ve been talking about the energy of connect and create. Today we look at another big part of the creative process: Tools and Techniques.

We also welcome Choral Conductor and Music Teacher Marie Anderson to the conversation. This is where we get into craft but where we go may surprise you. 

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S2 E10: Book Club: Learning By Heart “Connect and Create”

How do you put the actions connect and create at the centre?

Today we continue our book study with ‘Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit’ by Corita Kent and Jan Steward. We’ve been talking about sources and structures.  Today we look at another big part of the creative process: Connect & Create. These two words summarize everything.

In this episode we connected with guests Jennifer Trefiak and Jenni Burke and created something we feel is pretty special. Have a listen and enjoy the journey with us. 

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S2 E8: Book Club: Learning By Heart “Structure”

How do you use structure?

We continue our book study with ‘Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit’ by Corita Kent and Jan Steward. Last week we looked at Sources and talked about how everything is a source. There is great freedom in that. When we look at everything as a source, sometimes it’s hard to choose which direction to take, which idea to follow. This week we look at Structure. Structure helps us to focus. Structure is something that can drive the work, shape the project, AND structure is something that can drive us and shape our process.

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S2 E7: Book Club: Learning By Heart “Sources”

What are your sources?

In this episode we explore the idea of sources. How do you gather and use sources in your creative work? What or who inspires you? We continue to explore the ideas in our book study to expand what’s possible in our projects.

“Working from a source is not the same thing as copying. The work is yours only–drawn from your experience and coloured by your perceptions. The source frees us to depart from something rather than from nothing or everything. We do not seek to duplicate the source, but to use it as a reference. It relieves us of thinking we have to make something new or great (a scary idea). We will make something new when we work at the source with our mind and leave our hands and pen (stick, chopstick, pencil, etc…) free to get on with the job of drawing (painting, building, etc…).”

p. 47, Learning By Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit by Corita Kent and Jan Steward

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S2 E6: Book Club: Learning By Heart “Looking”

Does art come from thinking or responding?

In this episode we talk about Chapter 2, ‘Looking,’ in ‘Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit” by Corita Kent and Jan Steward.

Nurturing and developing ways of seeing is one of the most important practices any artist or writer can engage in.

Each week we integrate the ideas into our practice and talk about how it goes, one chapter at a time. We hope you’ll join our Facebook Community “Hummingbird Podcast Community” where we can continue the discussion and share the learnings with each other. 

‘Open curiosity’–what does this mean to you? What is your relationship with curiosity today? Where do you hope it will be in a couple months?

Some of our favourite quotes:

  • “When you get past making labels for things, it is possible to combine and transform elements into new things. Look at things until their import, identity, name, use, and description have dissolved.”
  • “Look at a tree and its shape. Look at the part the leaves play in making the shape you see and look at the part the trunk and branches play in making the structure you see.”
  • “Try looking the way a child looks – as if always for the first time – and you will, I promise, feel wider awake than since you yourself wound your own way home from that back of the house to the front.”
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S2 E5: Book Club: Learning By Heart “Beginnings”

Let’s start with the word ‘Beginning’–what does this mean? What were your first thoughts when you read this section?

In this episode we begin a deep dive into ‘Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit” by Corita Kent and Jan Steward.

Each week we integrate the ideas into our practice and talk about how it goes, one chapter at a time. We hope you’ll join our Facebook Community “Hummingbird Podcast Community” where we can continue the discussion and share the learnings with each other. 

‘Teachings to free the creative spirit’–what does this mean to you? What is your relationship with your creative spirit today? Where do you hope it will be in a couple months?

Some of our favourite quotes from the first section:

  • “She didn’t teach us how to draw or paint so much as she taught us to care.”
  • “Living the questions was our job; we were never being artists.”
  • “Doing and making are acts of hope, and as that hope grows, we stop feeling overwhelmed by the troubles of the world.”
  • “The energy of making…”
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Episode 008: Lessons from Corita Kent (Part 2)

How can students of creativity and teachers of creativity learn to free their creative spirits?

We continue the conversation about the influence of Corita Kent on students and teachers of creativity. What can we learn about sources and ways to play in the arts? How does “Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit” by Corita Kent and Jan Steward inspire us? We explore a chapter at a time, unpacking some of the big ideas and how we can use them to free our creative spirits.

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Episode 007: Lessons from Corita Kent (Part 1)

How can “rules” help all students of creativity and teachers of creativity?

This episode is our first Creativity Profile with a focus on Corita Kent. We discuss the 10 Rules for the Immaculate Heart College Art Department through the lenses of a student of creativity and a teacher of creativity. We explore the big ideas of trust, play, and learning, looking at each rule one at a time. This is the first of two episodes that focus on what we have learned from “Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit” by Corita Kent and Jan Steward.

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