Your art medium is ... Performance!
Your cup overfloweth with artistic expression and you've never seen a stage you couldn't be friends with. Slam poetry, living statues, modern dance, they're all fascinating art forms to you and you'd love to explore each and every one of them.When it comes to your creative process, you're wasted in solitude. Your art begs to be unleashed upon an audience, shocked into life, creating action, reaction, and often inspiring change.You can appreciate the works of your classical painter and sculptor peers, but their process is too passive for a dynamic artist like yourself. Throw paint at a canvas -- 30 feet up in the air, over a tank filled with sharks with freaking laser beams on their heads. Why? Octopus are endangered in the Great Barrier Reef. Bam! 500k hits on YouTube and the octopus now have a GoFundMe that's really taking off.Or, sit in complete silence for 3 minutes across a table from a stranger, staring at them intently the whole time. Then repeat with a hundred more strangers, back to back. Express soul gazing with people you’ll never see again.You need the interaction with the audience – the wonder, the amazement, the profoundly quiet internal revelations.Even if you don't want to scale up to global viral sensation, you still want to create provocative performance pieces that capture the attention of your audience, and now, with social media, it's never been easier to make contact with new people - so you can shock and inspire them with your performance art. Here are some tips for the aspiring performance artist…Don’t wait for your spotlight. Unlike theatre actors, singers, and other types of art entertainers, performance artists find their stage within their environment. A camera, a soapbox, a poorly lit corner in a cozy café ― any space that’s available, virtual or real world, is a place where you can express, share, and engage with the people you want to impact with your message. Consider taking your art to the streets, and engage with your audience on their level. Or open a discussion with your virtual audience, through Insta stories and Facebook groups. Anywhere you can feed your artistic inspiration.You can always stop by The Art Barn on Open House Evenings and check out the various performers. Slam Poetry will be hosted in The Knook, our tiny coffee bar and reading lounge, and art demonstrations will happen throughout the studio space. Follow us on Instagram as we go Live during any impromptu performances."I'm like a circus standing on two legs." - Nuno Roque🎨Operation: Artistic Creation🎨How to jump-start your creative process. 1. It all starts with an idea. Anyone in an artistic field can tell you, the biggest obstacle to creating something new can be finding inspiration. Luckily, there are websites galore dedicated to helping you find the art styles that inspire you, and Pinterest is only the tip of the Iceberg.And, there are loads of art books and local art workshops that can help you build the skills that will eventually help your inspiration find it’s way from your brain, out into the studio.Check out our Artist Workshop Schedule to see when we host our next Mic Drop, our version of open mic night, where we invite people to share their performance art and encourage mentorship. You’ll also be able to connect with other artists who are trying to find their signature expressions of beauty. 2. Get stocked.While there are a bunch of natural resources for artists, not everyone wants to go for a hike to collect materials for their creative process.Luckily, our store is stocked with everything you need to get your studio ready for inspiration to strike. Come on down and peruse our aisles, or check out our online shop to see what we’ve got available. We also source materials we don’t keep stocked, so if you have a vision that our shelves aren’t equipped to make a reality, ask one of our sales associates if there’s a way to order in what you need.3. Nurture CommunityIt’s easy to get locked away in your studio, and when inspiration strikes, any distraction can be detrimental.But when you aren’t in the throes of artistic chaos, it can be nice to have people to talk to about art, your process, and what you’ve been creating. Artists, while often solitary, can thrive when immersed in a community that’s rich with ideas, support, and education. We’ve got a great line-up of in-house Artist Collectives and Showcase Open Houses, where everyone in our community is welcome to come display their work and share their ideas and processes. Less formal than our Workshops, Open Houses are meant to create a forum for vision sharing and group inspiration. Creativity Corner!Hey there, lost in inspiration! Welcome to The Art Barn, a unique art store that’s more than just a retail space. I’m Siobhan Wheeler, potter, painter, and art supply hoarder — also the mind behind the Uptown Art Collective, an organization whose goal is to get artists out of their studios and into a communal creative space.At The Art Barn, we want every artist to be able to find the tools and supplies they need to make their creative vision a reality — and the resources to grow their skills and community.Artists that have joined our community have gone on to create great success in their art careers, and achieve personal fulfillment from their art practice.We’ve been featured in “Muse” magazine and have been guests on such podcasts as “Fine Art Confessions” and “Art Market,” and have been awarded the Community Builder Award in our hometown of Vancouver, BC.In the StudioCheck out these resources to unlock your vision!Stay inspired and up to date on all the latest art trends and techniques. Follow The Art Barn on Instagram and we’ll share studio hacks, product recommendations, and the occasional process video.Love a good art shindig? Subscribe to our Guest List and be the first to know about any in-house events and larger community gatherings. Never be the last to know, or the one who hears about it the day after it happened! We’re always hosting gallery shows, creator markets, and artist conventions, and we’d love to see you there!Curious about specific products? Check out our blog, where we review all the latest art supplies and tools, and share our opinions on what’s a must-have, and what’s overrated. Inspiration StationNow that you've got some insight into what medium would best suit your artistic vision, check your inbox for your quiz results. You'll also get your custom curated Studio In-A-Box recommendations based on your answers.Over the next week, I'll be sharing more tips and tricks to nurture inspiration and unlock creativity. Roll up your sleeves and let’s dig in!🎨“Art is too important not to share.” — Romero Britto🎨