strengthen your creative practice
through experimentation and play
Traveling in the h.o.v. lane in your creative practice?
Need a jolt of dislocation to reinvigorate your passion or expand your creative tool box?
Rejuvenate your spirit by getting back to basics, back to craft, back to nature during this design camp creative immersive weekend retreat. In a summer camp style experience, you will be encouraged to wander and challenge your creative conventions.
Got creative block or stuck in a rut?
Jamie Runnells, the workshop leader will make a case for why experimentation and play is important. You'll start by a guided introspection of your own practice and then exampine examples of how to disrupt that practice and experiment. Then the play begins where you can unleash in an adult design camp setting.
Spend evenings communing with other participants over a good meal and stories around the campfire. Breaks will be encouraged for you to spend time in the field watching the clouds or the birds, listening to the wind in the trees, wandering through the woods, or skip rocks on the Buffalo River.
MARCH 19, 2020 THURSDAY
Arrival between 6 and 8pm. Introductions (bring an object that can fit in your hand), meet and greet ice-breaker exercise with tea/coffee/dessert. Social time and prompts to dream about.
MARCH 20, 2020 FRIDAY
Start the morning with a farm fresh egg breakfast followed by a 20x20 of your creative work (pecha kucha style 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide).
Jamie presents her philosophy on creative play and why it's important followed by a guided reflection on personal practice (bring a sketchbook).
TOUR THE PROPERTY, MEET THE CAMP ANIMALS, AND ENJOY A PICNIC LUNCH (*weather permitting otherwise we'll picnic inside). Watch Designer/Artist Stefan Bucher working on his mural and maybe pick up a brush to lend a quick helping hand.
--- make creative play idea/kick-start book
--- blind painting exercise
Free time before group dinner.
Evening dinner and watch art documentary on a screen by the campfire (* weather permitting otherwise we'll be inside). Special guest Stefan Bucher will be joining for dinner and social time.
MARCH 21, 2020 SATURDAY
Start the morning with a farm fresh egg breakfast and discussion of the creative philosophy of walking.
Make sure you have sturdy closed toed shoes for a morning hike/walk to gather "tools" for a 2-3 hour session of making with use unusual tools/materials.
Participate in a tree planting experience as part of the statewide annual event held by the Tennessee Environmental Council. Their goal is to plant 1 million native trees in the state by 2022 and have planted 637,100 since 2007. The camp is helping with about 15 trees.
LUNCH provided and you are encouraged to take a break, enjoy a nap, meander the property, pet the donkeys, photograph or draw, collect flowers and make pressings, peruse the design library. Watch the completion of the mural and help with the final touches if you are inclined.
--- dada poem exercise
Evening dinner and play inspired by Dada (make a mask, create a costume, tell a story) and enjoy the campfire (* weather permitting otherwise we'll be inside).
MARCH 22, 2020 SUNDAY
Start the morning with a farm fresh egg breakfast and reflect upon the weekend.
Flex those muscles (with time limits - 'speed problems' to take away) one more time before you depart back to your world including:
--- creative play photo exercise (30 min)
--- blob exercise (30min)
--- trace/memory exercise (30 min)
Departure after 12pm.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Creative people interested in art, graphic design, writing, stories, photography, adventure, getting back to nature whether you have just started your career or are in the midst of an intense daily grind. Whether you are new to the design industry, want to switch gears, have been immersed for years, or are associated by trade, you have a seat at our table. THIS WILL BE INTENTIONALLY A SMALL GROUP. PARTICIPATION LIMITED MAX 12.
Lodging – The residential facilities at Camp Wonder Wander are comfortable and cozy designed for multiple functions from workshops to group meals cooking together to huddling around the campfire or woodstove. For more information and pics of the space, check out this page.
Food – the following meals are included - 3 breakfast, 2 lunch, 2 dinner, welcome dessert, snacks, coffee/tea and fresh delectable water. Camp Wonder Wander's goal is to provide healthy meals using organic and local options as much as possible catering to all types of nutritional plans such as gluten free, paleo, pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan. If you aren't following a special diet you won't feel left out here. Special consideration will be given to food allergies or other food plans - please comment on this in your registration or send an email.
Coaching/Instruction – program fee and some material supplies.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Transportation – to and from the camp for arrival and departure is not included in the program fee. If you would like to be picked up in Nashville arrangements can me made for a minimal fee. Please make note of this in your registration for coordination.
Supplies – some supplies may not be included. you will be informed prior to arrival date of any special needs such as sketchbook and camera.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Camp Wonder Wander engages people in wonderlost + wanderlust. Experimentation and play are inherent in the philosophy of wonder wandering. Sessions are designed for everyone to be creative. If you are interested in meeting and communing with new people, getting back to basics and rejuvenating your creative spirit, or just want the chance to turn off the phone to explore a new place and make a project or more that has no clients involved, then this is the place for you.
No cancellation within 30 days, but may receive a credit of 75% payment towards future workshop. Cancellation prior to the 30 day window will incur a service fee of 10% of the registration.
I'm ready to shift my creative practice and
early bird by Jan 31. $299
register now to hold your spot!
LOTS OF INSPIRATION
AND MOMENTS TO CHERISH!
Professor + MFA/Visual Communication Design Coordinator
Jacksonville State University
Jamie is an illustrator, designer, and Professor of Visual Communication at Jacksonville State University, where she is also the MFA Program Coordinator. Jamie has been teaching for over 17 years, and her students have garnered over 60 national and 162 regional awards. Her client and personal work has been honored numerous times by PRINT and Creative Quarterly magazines, won a National Gold ADDY, been published in many art and design publications, and has been exhibited regularly at juried National and International exhibitions. Jamie lives and works in Jacksonville, Alabama.