living in the RAW :: the many ways and faces

September 13, 2011

by jenica mckenzie

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When I get asked what you should do at your own RAW night, I always smile and say, “Whatever you want!”

The point of Random Art Workshops is to bring creative individuals together in a space of open learning and sharing.  And while the group has changed and shifted as people come and go over the years, there is still the thread of creativity that binds us together.  In finding activities to do as a group I had to ask myself what really nourished my soul and what I’ve always wanted to try.

Whatever feeds your creative self is something worth doing at a RAW night.  I spent one raw night on a beach, painting rocks, watching the sunset, and then going to an Italian place to continue conversation.  Another time we made dioramas from children’s toys and giggled all night.  A group of daring women filled water balloons with paint and played Jackson Pollock for an evening.

Because my roots are entrenched in paint, our Utah group has done a lot of painting.  But we’ve also had times where we took turns hosting the event or the activity to be accomplished.  We’ve used our collective hands for art journaling with writing prompts, photo walking, word-of-the-year canvases, collaborative paintings, poetry, yoga, exploring textures in art, collaging, music appreciation, jewelry and beadwork.


The longer our group has met, the more activities we find to do because every one of us has a talent or craft worth sharing. When a group of artists come together the pool of talent works synergistically.   Each of us have our thing we do, our creative outlet is there, and it’s worth sharing with others.  I wanted to continue to learn as an artist but felt intimidated by the idea of taking college classes.  Cozying up in someone’s house and learning among friends has given me the space to learn a plethora of awesome new things.

The basics of a Random Art Workshop: good peeps, good food and beverage, good music, and something new to learn. So get going, you can do it!

6 Responses to “living in the RAW :: the many ways and faces”

  1. Lisa says:

    So inspiring! Oooh…I really need to do this. :)

  2. jill says:

    jenica you truly are a treasure!
    hugs and smiles~ jill

  3. Shelley says:

    I LOVE RAW! Thanks Jenica for inspiring my creative side. Love You!

  4. Lexi says:

    You are amazing Jenica! Love the video and RAW.

  5. Denise says:

    Can you give us some tips on starting a group like this in our own communities? It sounds wonderful, but I’m struggling with how to find like-minded souls to come together like your RAW group.

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