catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Making Art

vol. 13, num. 5 :: 2014.03.07 — 2014.03.20

It’s a common story: a student graduates from college with a degree in the arts and quickly realizes how difficult it is to carve out time and money to continue making art.  In fact, this challenge is common for artists of all ages, in all media.  On the challenges and strategies related to cultivating a creative life. 



What is art?

High school creative writing students respond to the catapult prompt.


Found objects

The artfulness of community development in a small, rural city.


A masterpiece

Debunking the creative “haves” and “have-nots” from an early age.

Reimagining the picture

Making art as a practice for creating a new family.

Creating room

Experiencing, and making room for others to experience, the Holy in making art.

My notebook full of dishcloths

On the perfectly impractical art of writing poetry.

Beyond my ability

The journey toward words as a chosen medium.

Back at the easel

Pondering the predictability of artistic inspiration.

In case you missed it the first time

Spinning a yarn

A family tradition of "making things" leads to a very rewarding waste of time.

Ten lies artists tell themselves

An art director and illustrator speaks to fellow artists from experience.

Weaving the web

Possibility 101

Krista Barré on how pre-schoolers taught her the value of play and creativity.


Fairy tales

A project by Lizzie Wysong and Elisabeth Wenger to spin fairy tales by the light of the new moon.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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