The Art of Dreams
Arts & DIY
There is a common language we share, a language of primal symbols. Our native tongue. We naturally speak this language in dreams, spiritual visions and religious ecstasy. Of these experiences, dreams are the most common — we have them every night. So artists through the centuries have relied on their dreams for inspiration.
In this workshop, artist Dean Johnson leads a discussion about the connection between dreams and art. Some of the topics we will cover: William Blake’s elaborate mythology; Odilon Redon’s ‘dark world of the indeterminate’; Freudian dream analysis and Salvador Dali; and the role of dreams in indigenous art….
We invite you to bring your own dreams. We will discuss our dream imagery and brainstorm ways to explore it through art…. Feel free to bring paper and sketching tools. All skill levels welcome to participate!
Dean Johnson has taken his dreams seriously since childhood. They represent a kind of reality to him, a coherent commentary on one's waking-life decisions and state of mind.
He began keeping a dream diary a few years ago. The length of that diary is well over 300 pages now. Images and ideas from those dreams inspire and inform the majority of his art.
Dean isn't the first artist to take inspiration from dreams.... There are many more. Learn about this rich tradition in The Art of Dreams!