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By Sara Swink

A workshop on how to tap into creative energy will be on offer at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19.

Clay artist Sara Swink will lead the Creative Process Workshop, which aims to answer questions such as “What should I make?" "What do I have to say in my work?” and “How shall I say it?” 

The workshop begins with guided exercises in collage, doodling and clay, some discussion of the creative process and common obstacles, and culminates in an image journal, clay sketches and ways to keep moving forward.

"Set aside what you know or what you don’t know about technique," Swink said, "this workshop is for complete beginners and experienced artists alike. Be prepared to come out of the workshop with a blast of creative momentum."

Swink is a clay artist who makes hand-built figures conveying a psychological stance and humorous edge through personal narrative. She has been teaching studio classes and workshops since 2000 in her studio and other venues including Chemeketa Community College, Portland Community College, Creative Arts Community at Menucha and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Her workshops offer a series of structured exercises allowing participants to explore and expand their creativity.

The workshop will run from 10 am to 5 pm each day. Tuition is $215 plus a $20 materials fee payable to the instructor.

For more information or to register, go to https://hoffmanarts.org/register.

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