Connect creatively with a Pen Pal in an expressive conversation. We welcome professional, emerging, and beginner artists world-wide.
Purpose: Connecting with others during COVID-19: Combating social isolation with creative conversation~ using photography, crafting, creative writing, painting, video, poetry… guidelines below:
SEE Exhibit #1 Dec 2020
SEE Exhibit #2 Jan 2021
SEE Exhibit #3 Feb 2021
SESSION #4 begins: Feb. 28th to Mar. 14th. Scroll to the bottom of the page & click the Contact Button to sign up!
What is the Creative Pen Pals Project?
This is a project organized by Rhiannon Barry, Free to the community and designed to foster long lasting connections for all types of individuals with all creative skills levels.
IG @RhiannonBarryArt @BeWhimsiArtLoft #BeWhimsi
FB Group: Art By Rhiannon Barry
Inspired by my own participation in a Artists’ Call and Response project (Shoebox Call and Response), drawing on a Jazz-like style of conversation between creatives, this project, Creative Conversations, is an interesting way to stay connected and make new connections using elements such as poetry or short stories, painting or sketching, photography or digital art… just about anything goes.
JOIN IN, FEEL INSPIRED, MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS.
During these times many of us feel isolated and are missing the social connections we used to have with friends. Sooooo have fun with this! Go to the dollar store or Michaels and pick out some supplies, maybe even try something new. Experiment, explore and be free. You never know the connections you may make and talent you might discover.
You don’t need to be a professional artist to participate, but you may find yourself matched with one!
I welcome anyone feeling less connected these days.
How to be A Creative Pen Pal
Free to participate.
You will be randomly matched with another creative person.
One of you will create an original art piece and the other will reply to it…and so on back and forth. You will do this call and response with eachother~ sharing how you create and a bit about yourselves over 2 weeks.
You are encouraged to create brand-new works in response to your Match’s creations and vice versa. *If you are adding directly on top of or to your Match’s pieces PLEASE ask them if they are in agreement first. You are encouraged to respond with an original concept inspired by their replies.
Is there a Theme or Prompt to guide creations? Yes and No~You can create about your personal feelings and experiences about COVID-19 or follow our Prompts. We really would love to see you strike up friendly conversation using creativity and see where the exchange leads you and your partner in an organic fashion.
What to Expect TIME-LINE:
Each Round is 14 days
I draw the Matches randomly LIVE on my FB Page and Group: Art By Rhiannon Barry. Everyone receives an email from me shortly afterwards with details connecting you to your partner.
You create in a call and response style:
Step 1) Artist 1 creates an origional piece within 24 hours, to kick things off, and sends a cropped picture or short video of their art (and perhaps a nice introductory message) to Artist 2.
Step 2) Artist 2 looks at the piece and creates something new inspired by it within 48 hours, and sends a message with a picture or short video of it to Artist 1.
Step 3) Artist 1 looks at the piece and creates something new inspired by it within 48 hours and replays by to Artist 2.
And so on until there are an even amount of pieces made by both artists. I will send an email to remind you when the last day is coming up.
(Basically everyone is creating new pieces inspired by the last one they received from their match. That way your pieces are having a creative unspoken conversation. You can chat as much or as little as you’d like to about yourself, the materials you used, or what inspired your creations.)
At the end of 2 weeks, you will make sure to label all of your pieces/files/documents in the order of when they were created together and with the correct # and Artist’s name. Please put them all in one FOLDER. See Example for labelling:
Files will be titled:
5-B.FISHER and so on…
*Using Email, Drop Box or Google Drive is recommended to send your FOLDER/Files all together. 💙 Taking this step, to send all of them together in 1 spot, makes it easier for me to keep your pieces sorted from the other Matches when uploading for an online exhibit.
DAY 15, 16, 17
I upload all of the “conversations” to an online exhibition on http://www.BeWhimsiArtLoft.ca and then share the link with you so you can share with friends and family.
Click here to see the Creative Conversations Exhibit #1
You are invited to an on-line Artist Chat.
How Many Pieces Do I Have To Make? In the end, you will likely have made anywhere between 4 to 8 pieces each. If you create more than 4 each, that’s fine. If you only create 3 each, that’s fine too; LIFE HAPPENS, so please do not make more than your partner. Please wait for them to get back to you before creating again. Just let you and your match’s vibe lead the flow and amount created.
What happens if my Match drops out?
If you are ghosted (receive no messages or direction or intentions in the first 48 hours from Artist 1), please reach out to your match first. If still no response in a couple hours, reach out to me and I will rematch you. Always try with your Match first. Please remember that LIFE HAPPENS. Sometime there are bumps in this creative road and you just gotta hang in there with kindness and understanding.
I know some people will be anxious about creating an awesome piece in this time limit but that’s the point! It’s about connecting with others in a new way and to challenge YOUR IMAGINATION and to GROW 🙂 overall. Whether you only have 20 mins or have 4 hours to create we still want you to participate! All styles and skill levels are welcome. This is not about producing a masterpiece.
It’s important to remember that everyone likely feels a bit of anxiety when exposing their work to someone new. You are on this journey together. Reach out to your partner with questions. You can lean on eachother’s interpretations of this project.
Why 24 hours? I chose 24 hours for the first piece because it’s a nice challenge for Artist 1 as well it acts as a speedy kick-off for you both! I chose WITHIN 48 hours or less for the remaining turn-arounds to keep momentum. If you want to send something back within a shorter time please feel free to go for it! Because this is supposed to be helpful in relieving stress, and not meant to add to it, I wanted to give even the busiest people enough time for creating. I know some people are busier and may still wish to participate, others may want to take their time creating, depending on their chosen medium. REMEMBER, you can create a small piece in a sketch pad, take a photo and digitally enhance it, write a poem, or perhaps create a small sculpture or even something larger if you have time to complete it. If you know you need extra time just let your Match know.
Tips For Sending Docs & Files
*Tip: Keep videos under 30 seconds.
Please upload your videos to your YouTube channel. If you do not yet have one, click here to learn more about how to make that happen:YouTube OR post it to your Facebook Page and set it to Public, then send me the POST link via email.
You can lean on your Match if they are more computer literate.
I hope you will form a connection and engage with your Match in friendly conversation as you exchange your pieces and discuss how and why you made the pieces. You are not obligated to divulge your reasons behind any pieces if you do not feel comfortable to. We want this to be a welcoming and perhaps a healing social opportunity for ALL during these challenging times!
Improved skills and a burst of creativity: Being challenged of creating in a shorter time frame and having to incorporate a response to a partner’s work will undoubtedly get those creative juices flowing!
To Consider Along The Way:
At the end, and after I have set up the online exhibit (Day 15,16,17) you will receive an invitation to attend a Live Chat Room (Zoom) where you and your partner might speak briefly about your creative conversation with the group. This is a time to see what everyone else has made and to hear about one and others experiences with the project. Sharing your feelings and thoughts is not mandatory. You can share as much or as little as you’d like to.
Please Send Your Details
Social Media Handles:
Website (if you have one)
Please only enter if you feel you can complete the 2 weeks! We are in this together.
Creative Conversations Mood Tracker