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The Creative Path: A View from the Studio on the Making of Art by Carolyn Schlam

Demystifying the creative process.

The Creative Path is an inquiry into the creative process from philosophical, psychological, spiritual, and practical points of view. In this welcoming work on the creative process, Carolyn Schlam encourages the reader to embark upon his or her own journey of discovery, identity, and wonder through art. The author started her career in art under the tutelage of master teacher Norman Raeben in the Carnegie Hall Studios in New York. Raeben's students included Bob Dylan, who said of him: "He put my mind and my hand and my eye together, in a way that allowed me to do consciously what I unconsciously felt." Schlam's warm and inviting tone speaks directly to her readers, encouraging them to energize their practice and offering the tools to do so.

Chapters discuss the meaning of inspiration, intention, talent, authenticity, and many other aspects of art creation. Included in The Creative Path are:

  • Six lectures by Norman Raeben with commentary by the author
  • Exercises designed to strengthen readers' creative muscles
  • Analysis of aesthetic criteria
  • Reflections on the artist's role in society
  • Discussion of the mindset required to make art a life path
  • A celebration of creativity, this inspirational book examines why we make art. Though it makes primary reference to visual art, The Creative Path will resonate with all creative practitioners, whatever their chosen discipline.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781621536666
    Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
    Publication date: 05/01/2018
    Pages: 256
    Sales rank: 782,265
    Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
    Age Range: 18 Years

    About the Author

    Carolyn Schlam is an award-winning American painter, sculptor, and glass artist born and raised in New York City. She studied painting with Norman Raeben, youngest son of the Yiddish writer Sholem Alecheim, in Carnegie Hall and glassmaking at Urban Glass in Brooklyn. Her website is Carolyn is a resident artist at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, California.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 Introduction 1

    Chapter 2 Inspiration 13

    Chapter 3 Your Instrument 31

    Chapter 4 Intention 49

    Chapter 5 Ways And Means 67

    Chapter 6 Truth And Beauty 93

    Chapter 7 Commitment 117

    Chapter 8 Observer/Critic 133

    Chapter 9 An Artist's Life 149

    Chapter 10 Voices 159

    Chapter 11 The Big Picture 167


    Notes On The Process 177

    Postscript: The Creative Path To The Creative Path 181

    The Ten Commandments Of Art 183

    Norman Raeben's Lectures, With Commentary Carolyn Schlam 185

    Image List 241

    Bibliography 243

    Acknowledgments 245

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