No More Secondhand Art by Peter London
Awakening the Artist Within

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book is about using art as an instrument of personal transformation, enabling
us to move from an inherited to a chosen state of being. Peter London offers
inspiration and fresh ideas to artists, art students, and art teachers—as well
as to people who think they can't draw a straight line but want to explore the
joys of creative expression. Inside every person, he believes, there is an
original, creative self that has been covered over by secondhand ideas,
borrowed beliefs, and conditioned behavior. By freeing the capacity for visual
expression—a natural human language possessed by everyone—we can awaken and
release the full powers of that original self. Among the topics and exercises
included are:

to increase the ability to visualize, fantasize, and dream
to the creative encounter and what to do about them
with art media as true mediators between imagination and expression
masks to reveal the hidden self
with "forbidden" colors
found objects as metaphors for one's life


About Peter London

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Peter London--painter, author, art educator, and art therapist--has taught the approach presented in this and other books to thousands of students, ranging from teens to octogenarians, from "art phobics" to professional artists. Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and a 2002 Distinguished Fellow at the National Art Education Association, he lives in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
Published March 26, 2013 by Shambhala Publications. 208 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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