Including Creativity in my Academic Life
December 01, 2022
Dear Allyson,

To study ecology and conservation at University, I moved to Missoula, Montana from Southeastern Connecticut and love being surrounded by such exquisite wilderness. 

I have trouble melding my artistic creativity with academic structure and the rigor of school. How would you recommend integrating my studies with my love to make art? 

Kindly,
Christine
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Dear Christine,

Creativity is food for the soul. We wouldn't jeopardize our wellness by deciding, “I have to study so I have no time to exercise.”   The same applies to creativity, which is a health factor and healing force. My mind races with images associated with ecology and conservation that would make excellent drawing subjects.  Carry a sketch book, pencils and pens with you and draw every chance you get -- the exquisite wilderness, your hands and feet, objects on the dining table, a friend or roommate who would mind you drawing them while they study or watch a screen, a self-portrait ever week… Or fill sketchbook pages with visions from your imagination.  Have your artwork ready when you are ready to drop into a project.  Sign up for elective or adult evening art classes to give your creative time structure and a social life.  Bring creative solutions into your academic projects .  Artists have to make time for their creative passion. 

Blessing on your creative life,
Allyson
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