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Art HERstory Homework: Inspired by Keri Smith

Hey Ladies! So I thought I’d switch it up this week and give you Art HERstory homework (yep, you read right: homework!). Now, this isn’t that boring stuff you get at school…we don’t do boring here at M.I.S.S. Crew.

This first “assignment” (there will be more in the future!) is inspired by Keri Smith, an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. I picked up her book, Living Out Loud –activities to fuel a creative life, (2003, Chronicle Books), a while back when I was in a creative slump and have been inspired by her ever since. Keri’s kind enough to share the things that fuel her creativity in this book and on her blog, The Wish Jar, and that’s where I got the idea for this Art HERstory Homework post. So read her bio after the jump and the assignment will follow (I promise, it WILL be fun!).

Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. She is the author
and illustrator of several books including Wreck This Journal –an activity
book for creative destruction
(2007 Penguin Books), and the Guerilla Art Kit
–everything you need to put your message out into the world
Princeton Architectural Press), Living Out Loud –activities to fuel a creative
, (2003, Chronicle Books), Tear Up This Book (2005, American Girl), Story
in a Box-Cinderella, and Princess and the Pea
(2001, Chronicle Books).

As a free lance illustrator she has worked for a wide variety of clients
worldwide. Most recently Random House, The Washington Post, The New
York Times, Ford Motor Co., the Boston Globe, Galison/Mudpuppy Press, and
Hallmark. In the last few years she has given lectures and workshops on the
topic of “living creatively? for the How Design Conference, the Ontario
Graphic Artist’s Assocation, UC Davis, and schools across North America.
She has been featured in How, Step by Step, Print, Bust, and many more.
Having left her home of Toronto in recent years Keri currently lives in Troy,


Yep. That’s it. Play!

Choose from any of the Keri Smith “assignments” below to add some creative play to your life!

I guarantee, once you do one, you’ll want to do them all!

Become Your Own Superhero
Recipe for a Girl’s Night Alone
100 Ideas
How to be a Guerilla Artist
How to Make You Own Funky Curtains (the easy way!)
The Artist’s Survival Kit

You can find a lot more creative assignments at KeriSmith.com

…and if you like those “assignments” definitely pick up the book below:

Living Out Loud –activities to fuel a creative life, (2003, Chronicle Books)

NOTE: All illustrations (minus the notebook & “ART HERstory Homework” header) were gathered from KeriSmith.com

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