Expressive Arts expert Silky Hart’s carriage and demeanor are as graceful, soothing and, well, silky, as her name implies. And, with her bachelor’s degree in Dance from Texas Christian University and her master’s degree in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, not to mention over 15 years experience leading workshops and classes in creative expression, it’s an understatement to say she knows her stuff. Lucky for us, Silky is passionate about sharing the benefits of her experience with the rest of us.
This past Saturday, Hart presented her “Ink on Your Fingers, Color on Your Soul” Workshop at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. I, along with 15 other participants from across the Lone Star State gathered bright and early in the MPAC artist’s studio, with no idea how quickly a day immersed in colorful paints, gentle movement, and thoughtful reflection would pass.
As a writer, I must confess I was a bit intimidated when I looked around the room, to see both artists and educators of note as co-participants. Soon, I learned, my anxiety was for naught, as Silky, with her quiet, confident style, joyfully lead us through a series of movements and exercises designed to get each of us in touch with, and trust, our own unique creative styles. Before I knew it, I was fully engaged in applying bright, primary colors to paper, leaving any trepidation, along with every other thought and concern I carried with me that day at the door. At the lunch break, I had the opportunity to catch up with other participants and learned they too enjoyed a similar experience to mine.
According to Silky, the creative life isn’t just for musicians, artists and writers. “You are creating your life moment by moment, decision by decision,” says she, “Learning to live your life creatively versus reactively, like the majority of stressed out Americans, will change the way you experience your world. Learning to be creative is especially useful for people who think they don’t need it. Being overwhelmed, overworked, over tired is simply the result of a lack of creativity in how you create your life experience. Engaging in a creative process sparks your creative energy.”
To which, I have to agree. Leaving the workshop, I felt satisfied, energized, and less bogged down with the stresses of the day to day. Talking with my co-participants, we each agreed we were eager to get back to our canvases, classrooms, keyboards and cameras and everyday lives ready to reap the rewards of approaching that which is in front of us using the tools and suggestions brought to us courtesy of Silky Hart.
Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Staff Writer.
Photos courtesy of Tom Michero.