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Artistic Remedy Art provides a great outlet for adults and kids alike. The creative freedom artists enjoy allows for a great escape from the world around them. It takes a person from the humdrum world of stale numbers and static processes. Launching the artist into a colorful world that surges with life, art is literally a mind explosion forcing an active imagination to merge with creative expression. But, art does more than that for anyone who actively exercises their artistic expression. Art actually forces itself into other recesses of the brain. The subconscious is where we store information that we cannot retrieve without the help of some trigger. The non -conscious is very similar to the subconscious in form, but not in activity. It’s hard for most people to comprehend, but most thinking doesn’t even take place in the conscious. It’s mainly between the other two stages of consciousness in forms of expression our linguistic terms can’t match. Concepts only our minds can touch and our language struggles endlessly to express. The artistic side of ourselves reaches through our non-conscious, non- lingual thoughts and triggers information stored in our subconscious so that we can make sense of things, find greater solutions and discover even higher concepts. There are plenty of stories relating a time when someone was struggling to find a solution, but art sparked a thought process that paved the way to new invention. Even though Einstein could find theories to the universe swimming around in his cup of tea, plenty of artists have been able to make discoveries that have gone so far as to advance our society. Samuel Morse loved painting portraits. He was an art professor at New York University. But, he had studied chemistry and electricity at Yale. Once the electromagnet was discovered it sparked one of the most memorable imaginative processes. Watching the electromagnet at work, Morse was filled with ideas. It prompted questions. He was on a mission. In the 1800s, artistic tools were ancient. But, using a c anvas stretcher from his brother’s print shop and a printer’s composing stick, he had the framework for his idea. Wire from a woman’s bonnet, a homemade battery and workings from a clock completed the material that would be used. Further invention included a system of communication. Starting with a coded number to word dictionary that helped parties decipher the secret language, it was determined that this original system was too difficult. Adjusting the code to include only the original series of dots and dashes, the system soon came to be called the Morse code. Thus communication via the telegraph using the Morse code was invented by the infamous inventor but also avid artist Samuel Morse. Many inventions come from what people observe in nature or what t hey mistakenly discover in a laboratory. But innovators must think on such a level that when chance meets with a prepared mind it launches a snowball effect, getting ever bigger as it rolls along. Chemists, electricians and engineers may have given us the majority of our inventions. Only artistic remedy was able to bridge the gap between having the answers and discovering the solution. An internationally known artist as well as a mother of six, Rivky Shimon founded Rivky’s Art Workshop in New York. Rivky’s step-by-step method for teaching children how to create and enjoy art has earned high praise from students, teachers and parents alike. Through her new training series, Rivky plans to teach artists from across the country how to duplicate her success. Not only to ensure that art education remains a vital part of every child’s life, but also to enforce the reality that "The Rivky Method" tm works the same magic for adults as well.
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