AAHP DIRECTIVES for OUR ARTISTS and CREATIVES

AAHP PRACTICE DIRECTIVES for ADULT PRACTITIONERS

March 2020
3.24.20

If you didn’t read our previous statement from last week, please scroll down.

Here we go again. It was not a question of, if but when. As expected, “influencers” online are urging you to take advantage of self-sheltering by “picking up a new hobby.” The intention is good-hearted, and geez, we do need solutions for living well right now! But this solution is not the solution we need now.

I plea with our practitioners that you run for the hills when you hear such things. As always, pursue your practice as a practice. That is, as a set of ideals, ideas and operational norms that help you set goals larger than you, and that also get you there.

We all have a lot of serious problems to solve right now. But in the meantime, please do NOT allow your creative practice to devolve into arty-fartsy activities, let alone hobbies meant to serve you as “therapies” or “distractions.” Creative artistic action is not a means to an end; it is an end in itself. And through art, design and other constructs, creatives have been generating experiences that amount to some of the highest achievements of the human mind. As artists, we have no business delegitimizing creative artistic action into some form of self-soothing distraction. We must let creative force rage, so that we build our worlds anew.

I ask that parents of young AAHP practitioners do their best to translate this call to action into behaviors, attitudes and words that our child practitioners can access while ensconced at home, so that the good work we have been building through studio practice does not collapse now into nonsense.

As for Aaron and me and the AAHP team, we are mobilizing to create a worthwhile and powerful presence online for all our practitioners, so that we indeed continue deepening our operational knowledge of the artist’s craft, and keep understanding why it is that we aspire to art, design, and other forms of understanding problem-solving through construction. Don’t lose the faith! Don’t abandon the cause. —A.E. Soto-Canino, AAHP Chief Instructor

 

This week, the AAHP Senior Staff also made contact with our first practitioner through video conferencing! That was Ella F., as she celebrated her 10th birthday this weekend! It was sooo cool to see Ella live onscreen! And she’s also excited to serve us a beta-tester as we put things together for our younger practitioners!

Many thanks to the parents of child practitioners and to the older practitioners who have been sharing with us their creative output at home!

 

Throughout this week, we will feature the work of our special artists on the front end of the website. Look for these wondrous works!

March 2020
3.16.20

Good day! This is Ana and Aaron at the Academy of Art of Highland Park, your other home as artist! We miss you!  

We are working behind the scenes to see you again soon through online channels!

We have the brains, the experience, and the resources to create meaningful and creative experiences for you. We promise to help you continue to develop your craft command as artist, designer, and creative builder.

We need ideas from all our adult practitioners as to what you want to experience through your online AAHP. Please send us your emails titled ONLINE IDEAS starting now! We will continue building together this house and home for artists, as we’ve done for 22 years.

AAHP PRACTICE DIRECTIVES for TEEN PRACTITIONERS

March 2020
3.24.20

If you didn’t read our previous statement from last week, please scroll down.

Here we go again. It was not a question of, if but when. As expected, “influencers” online are urging you to take advantage of self-sheltering by “picking up a new hobby.” The intention is good-hearted, and geez, we do need solutions for living well right now! But this solution is not the solution we need now.

I plea with our practitioners that you run for the hills when you hear such things. As always, pursue your practice as a practice. That is, as a set of ideals, ideas and operational norms that help you set goals larger than you, and that also get you there.

We all have a lot of serious problems to solve right now. But in the meantime, please do NOT allow your creative practice to devolve into arty-fartsy activities, let alone hobbies meant to serve you as “therapies” or “distractions.” Creative artistic action is not a means to an end; it is an end in itself. And through art, design and other constructs, creatives have been generating experiences that amount to some of the highest achievements of the human mind. As artists, we have no business delegitimizing creative artistic action into some form of self-soothing distraction. We must let creative force rage, so that we build our worlds anew.

I ask that parents of young AAHP practitioners do their best to translate this call to action into behaviors, attitudes and words that our child practitioners can access while ensconced at home, so that the good work we have been building through studio practice does not collapse now into nonsense.

As for Aaron and me and the AAHP team, we are mobilizing to create a worthwhile and powerful presence online for all our practitioners, so that we indeed continue deepening our operational knowledge of the artist’s craft, and keep understanding why it is that we aspire to art, design, and other forms of understanding problem-solving through construction. Don’t lose the faith! Don’t abandon the cause. —A.E. Soto-Canino, AAHP Chief Instructor

 

This week, the AAHP Senior Staff also made contact with our first practitioner through video conferencing! That was Ella F., as she celebrated her 10th birthday this weekend! It was sooo cool to see Ella live onscreen! And she’s also excited to serve us a beta-tester as we put things together for our younger practitioners!

Many thanks to the parents of child practitioners and to the older practitioners who have been sharing with us their creative output at home!

 

Throughout this week, we will feature the work of our special artists on the front end of the website. Look for these wondrous works!

MARCH 2020
3.16.20

Hey! This is Ana and Aaron at the Academy of Art of Highland Park, your other home as artist! We miss you!

We are working behind the scenes to see you again soon through online channels!

We have the brains, the experience, and the resources to create meaningful and creative experiences for you. We promise to help you continue to develop your craft command as artist, designer, and creative builder.

We will start with P3ers and go on to engage with all other teen practitioners immediately after that.

We need ideas from all teens as to what you want to have through your online AAHP experience. Please send us your emails titled ONLINE IDEAS starting now! Thanks for your input! 

AAHP PRACTICE DIRECTIVES for CHILDREN

Parents please “translate” these messages for your child as needed! 

March 2020
3.24.20

If you didn’t read our previous statement from last week, please scroll down.

Here we go again. It was not a question of, if but when. As expected, “influencers” online are urging you to take advantage of self-sheltering by “picking up a new hobby.” The intention is good-hearted, and geez, we do need solutions for living well right now! But this solution is not the solution we need now.

I plea with our practitioners that you run for the hills when you hear such things. As always, pursue your practice as a practice. That is, as a set of ideals, ideas and operational norms that help you set goals larger than you, and that also get you there.

We all have a lot of serious problems to solve right now. But in the meantime, please do NOT allow your creative practice to devolve into arty-fartsy activities, let alone hobbies meant to serve you as “therapies” or “distractions.” Creative artistic action is not a means to an end; it is an end in itself. And through art, design and other constructs, creatives have been generating experiences that amount to some of the highest achievements of the human mind. As artists, we have no business delegitimizing creative artistic action into some form of self-soothing distraction. We must let creative force rage, so that we build our worlds anew.

I ask that parents of young AAHP practitioners do their best to translate this call to action into behaviors, attitudes and words that our child practitioners can access while ensconced at home, so that the good work we have been building through studio practice does not collapse now into nonsense.

As for Aaron and me and the AAHP team, we are mobilizing to create a worthwhile and powerful presence online for all our practitioners, so that we indeed continue deepening our operational knowledge of the artist’s craft, and keep understanding why it is that we aspire to art, design, and other forms of understanding problem-solving through construction. Don’t lose the faith! Don’t abandon the cause. —A.E. Soto-Canino, AAHP Chief Instructor

 

This week, the AAHP Senior Staff also made contact with our first practitioner through video conferencing! That was Ella F., as she celebrated her 10th birthday this weekend! It was sooo cool to see Ella live onscreen! And she’s also excited to serve us a beta-tester as we put things together for our younger practitioners!

Many thanks to the parents of child practitioners and to the older practitioners who have been sharing with us their creative output at home!

 

Throughout this week, we will feature the work of our special artists on the front end of the website. Look for these wondrous works!

 

MARCH 2020
3.16.20 

Hi! This is Ana and Aaron at the Academy of Art of Highland Park, your other home as artist! We miss you!

The good news is that we are going to work with you online, through your computer screen. And soon!

It’s going to be as fun as always. We will go on helping you to grow your superpowers as an explorer, discoverer, designer and builder! There can be no stopping you as a creative thinker and doer!

AAHP PRACTICE DIRECTIVES for SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

Parents please “translate” these messages for your child as needed! 

MARCH 2020
3.24.20 

Hi! This is Ana and Aaron at the Academy of Art of Highland Park, your other home as artist! We miss you!

The good news is that we are going to work with you online, through your computer screen. And soon!

It’s going to be as fun as always. We will go on helping you to grow your superpowers as an explorer, discoverer, designer and builder! There can be no stopping you as a creative thinker and doer!