Comics, community, and the acupunk

Next Friday, July 28th, I am co-facilitating The Tao of Art workshop II: Comics! with Sonny from Purple Cloud Center for Eastern Medicine. During our last workshop I was incredibly moved by the participants creating together in community. I can't wait to learn more from Sonny about Taoism, practice meditation, and see what wild or sad or funny or weird stories we can tell through words and pictures. You can learn more about Sonny here, but I have to add to his bio that I like to call him "the acupunk" based on his sweet musical taste and style. If you want to come, we would love to have you. No experience needed. Click here to reserve your spot.


Sonny the Acupunk

Comics are powerful. Last week I had the honor of leading a comics workshop at Artworks, a drop-in community artmaking space at the Harold Washington Library. Here's a little about Artworks from the library's website:

"The mission of ArtWorks is to cultivate inclusive communities through the arts and cultural exchange. Our aim is to foster the development of understanding and compassion between people, despite social and cultural differences. ArtWorks programs are based on the beliefs that the arts belong to everyone, and that collective art making practices promote respect for difference and inspire positive social change."

I thought maybe 6 or 7 people would show up for the workshop, but just before it began, ten people were around the table... then twenty.... then thirty! We pushed tables together, grabbed extra paper and pens, and started drawing! It reminded me of just how accessible comics are. You only need paper and pencil or pen. It might seem intimidating to think of how to tell a visual story, but with a little structure and support the ideas start to flow. Check out Artworks on the 8th floor of Harold Washington, every Wednesday 4:30-7:30-- free!

Collaborative Workshop: The Tao of Art

Lorel "Sonny" Zaide is an acupuncturist, meditation teacher, and owner of Purple Cloud Center for Eastern Medicine in Rogers Park. When I met Sonny for coffee, we immediately bonded over our mutual love of Lynda Barry.  In Lynda Barry's book What It Is, she talked about overcoming the doubt and worry that blocked her from enjoying drawing by sitting with the uncertainty of not knowing whether the drawings would be "good." When she could admit that she didn't know, "that strange floating feeling of being there and not being there came back [...] To be able to stand not knowing long enough to let something alive take shape!" Sonny and I discussed the Taoist concept of "wu-wei," or effortless action, and its parallels with the flow state that can happen during artmaking. This called for collaboration!

We are offering The Tao of Art, a workshop designed to allow you the chance to express yourself through effortlessness. Click here for more information and to register.

I can't wait to see what happens, but I will try to sit with the uncertainty of not knowing. Hope to see you there!