March 17, 2020

April 2020 Design & Art Event Hotlist

We decided to get creative this month with our curated list of design, art, and inspiration activities—with things we can do from home.

Normally in this space you’ll find a curated list of lectures, fairs, exhibitions, and other events around the San Francisco Bay Area where you can go to feed your muse. But as we practice social distancing and commit to working from home, we decided to get creative with our suggestions this month. Here are some of the things our In/Visible Talks’ co-founders Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller will be doing to maintain their sanity, keep those creative juices flowing, and support others who need the most help during this time. Stay calm and wash your hands!

Creative Flows: The Social Distance Series.

In/Visible Talks is back with Creative Flows: The Social Distance Series. While we’re doing our part to stay home, that doesn’t mean we can’t come together online to connect with others and get in touch with the tactile nature of the creative process.

Join us for the first in a series of 4: Caffeine Art

April 9th, 5pm PST – FREE!

RSVP here

What’s a Creative Flow you say? Creative flows are time for us to get together to explore a medium and a prompt and are designed to get our juices flowing. At the end of the hour, we’ll pin up our work and discuss the ideas that sparked during the flow. And since most of us are stuck at home we’ve picked mediums you most certainly already have around the house.  We welcome all skill levels. All you need to do is bring yourself and willingness to let your ideas wander. 

Tour great museums—online.

Explore the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, and more—no passport or shots necessary! Thanks to Google Arts & Culture for teaming up with over 2,500 museums and galleries to provide virtual tours for all. Free.

Join the community at Creative Mornings.

Watch videos from past San Francisco events, including “Discover a New Perspective of Earth”, “Think Like a Prism”, and “A Message From Your Dreams.” Other cities are hosting virtual events this month, so check those out too. Whether you’re a writer, designer, or crocheter, you’ll find something to inspire you in this group that celebrates and nourishes our creative community. Free.

Pick up the book Sharpie Art Workshop.

In his book, designer, artist, and art director Timothy Goodman introduces us to a range of creative techniques and effects that can be achieved with the humble Sharpie. Through exercises and examples—including works from artists around the world who use Sharpies in innovative ways—explore how you might create marks, patterns, and images on unexpected surfaces. $12 for the Kindle format; $16 for the paperback.

Become a LEGO Master.

Pull out the bins full of bricks and get inspiration from the new LEGO Masters competition. Hosted by comedian Will Arnett, the family-friendly show airs Wednesdays on Fox. Your mind will be blown by the amazing designs and feats of engineering the teams create. Great activity to share with your kids—or just use this as an excuse to feed your inner kid!

Experiment with “process over product” with the Conditional Design Workbook.

Need to keep your mind (or your kids) busy? Challenge yourself with fun exercises that play with human interaction, frameworks, and generative systems. The creative opportunities are endless! Note that the book is out of print, but the online examples are free.

Support our neighbors.

Our hearts go out to the local businesses and organizations that will surely need our support during this challenging time. Make a list of the businesses you love and purchase online gift certificates/cards or make a donation. Some of the groups we’ll be supporting include San Francisco and Marin Food Bank, Creativity Explored, Museum of Craft and Design, ARCH, Case for Making, Rare Device, and Chronicle Books.

And when you can get outside…Walk a labyrinth.

Take a break from your phone and computer and get outside for some fresh air while you quiet your mind, calm your fears, and reconnect with your spirit. Of the many labyrinth paths in San Francisco, the two we love the most are at Lands End and the outdoor one at Grace Cathedral. Free.

We hope to be out and about next month with a new list of “must-do” events around the Bay Area. Be sure to check out the In/Visible Talks blog for updates.