Archive | July, 2006

When We Were Young: Art That’s Not Child’s Play

Next time you post your child’s artwork on the refrigerator … look closer!
To an educated eye, the genius in brilliant artists is apparent even in those early years…

A Washington, D.C., exhibit and a new book focus on the truly early work of artists like Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Winslow Homer: They look at the drawings and paintings these artists created when they were children…[compared with their later work.]

See the article and artwork on NPR’s (Nat’l Public Radio) site,
When We Were Young: Art That’s Not Child’s Play

The exhibit runs through September 10, 2006, at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.,

“… features 30 contemporary children’s drawings alongside childhood drawings by Klee and Picasso juxtaposed with their mature work. By bringing these works together, When We Were Young seeks to re-examine conventional notions of what it means to be artistically gifted and shed new light on the relationship of drawing to creative thinking in children.”

The book is entitled, When We Were Young: New Perspectives on the Art of the Child. The author is Jonathan Fineberg.


Performing Songwriters Boot Camp – Idaho/Wyoming

PSBC Director, Lauren Adams, just announced this fabulous week-long event is going to happen again … the celebrated Performing Songwriters Boot Camp.

However, this time it will be held at the Teton Teepee Lodge, 470 W. Alta Rd., in Alta, Wyoming … one hour’s drive from Jackson, Wyoming, nestled at the base of the exquisite Grand Tetons Mountains.

The Teton Teepee is a comfortable family-oriented ski lodge with a large fireplace in the center of the lodge, an outdoor hot tub, big screen TV, ping pong, etc. Lodging there for the boot camp is “dormitory style.” (Just imagine you’re back in the bunkhouse again!)

DATES: AUGUST 6 thru 13, 2006.
Sign-up Deadline is SOOOON!

Los Angeles-based songwriting teacher/consultant, John Braheny, (and author of the best-selling book, “The Craft and Business of Songwriting”), will get down into the finer details of building a song from the ground up (including re-writing), and how to benefit most from it, once you’ve got it nailed down tight … plus you’ll have time to do some co-writing too.

Also, from Los Angeles, vocal-coach-extraordinaire, Steven Memel will provide all you’ll need to improve and perfect your voice and performing skills.

And I will be there as well to lead you through some new exercises to stimulate (and help you maintain) your creative process.

A great opportunity to get into the beauty of the Old West…meet some fellow songwriters and spend a week tuning up your skills!

SPECIAL: Lauren Adams will produce a one-song demo of each attendee’s original song at the new state-of-the-art Idaho Film and Television Institute located in Driggs, Idaho, just across the state line from where we’ll be staying.

To sign up: See how to audition (online) with your applications procedure.

Accommodations, excellent meals, and the boot camp are all included in the registration fee.

Contact: Lauren Adams,

For details, go to Performing Songwriters Boot Camp.

See our previous (2003) Boot Camp Photos.


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