This month's LikeWise targets artists but it's open to anyone who likes to create. I came across The Art Assignment while researching John and Hank Green's Nerdfighter world. The Art Assignment is a PBS weekly video series hosted by John and his wife Sarah who's a curator. Artists from around the U.S. are interviewed, then they offer assignments for viewers to respond to and post on the site.
There is probably a lot more I can say about this brilliant project but I'm not sure it will enhance your experience. And since I'm short on time this week, I'll shut up and let you enjoy this sample video by John Herschend and Will Rogan. Be sure to check out the website for more fantastic interviews and prompts, as well as instructions on how and where to post your responses.
Oh, one last thing. My response to this assignment would be to create a real life Clippy (the paper clip that used to haunt Microsoft Word). My Clippy would solve all my computer conundruns with cute Minion like expressions and exclamations, then offer encouraging or sympathetic comments when appropriate. Unfortunately, I'd need a wand for this and I don't have one.
I write middle grade and young adult books with a magical twist. And creatures, always creatures. I'm represented by the fabulous Leslie Zampetti of Dunham Lit.
Lorin Oberweger - Freelance Editor