Featured: LetsMakeBetter.com - Online Course with Blaine Hogan
You may remember Blaine Hogan from our first issue of Hue Magazine back in 2014. Well Blaine, who currently works as creative director at Willow Creek church in Chicago, USA, has just launched his latest project and most recent venture, MAKE BETTER. An 8 week online course that integrates the creative process of art-making into deeper and deeper areas of your life. We loved the idea so much we wanted to share it with you, but rather than me try and explain it, over to the man himself:
"It will help you, simply put, make better everything – transforming you and what you make."
We all want to make better art, and while you’ll finish the course ready to make the best art of your life, you’ll also leave with the skills to make better lives, families, relationships. You name it.
The creative process isn’t merely about creating good art, but also (and perhaps more importantly), it’s about creating better, more whole, connected people. When you become a more whole, more connected person, everything you put your hands to will inevitably be more whole and, if you’ll forgive the phrase, “more better.”
Becoming a better human = making better art and making better art = better humans the world over.
Got a few questions? We did too! What was the vision behind Make Better?
Practically I wanted to not travel as much speaking a creative conferences, and the like. We’ve got two amazing girls: Ruby is 3 1/2 and Eloise is 1. I wanted to be home as much as possible. So, I wondered if there was a way to take what I was teaching, put it online, and do it from home. Also, I’m a curator at heart. Certainly I’m an artist, but more than “make” I collect and curate. That’s why being a creative director is a perfect job for me. I get to craft a narrative and then find all the right pieces and put them in the right order. Similarly, I had years of teachings, thoughts, and notes, and when I threw them all onto to a table, a theme emerged: better humans = better art. Mostly I’m brought in as a consultant or as a guide to help companies or groups of people make better art, but at the end of the day (and really through my own personal experience) I’ve come to believe that if you want to make better art, you must first become a better human. Thus, the crux of the course was born.
Make Better is open to "anyone who wanted to make better everything," benefiting artists. But what about say, non-artists like parents, pastors, and therapists?
There are a number of parents, pastors, and therapists who have taken the course and every single one has said that they have left with a renewed visions of themselves and their place in the world. At the core of Make Better is the idea that if we can become more aware we can make better everything - those three categories you mentioned are probably MOST need of awareness. I speak from experience as I am a parent and often blur the line of pastor / therapist / artist.
So many of us can get stuck from time to time, fearful of taking that creative leap. How does Make Better encourage movement from that space? One thing that I know always helps me when I’m stuck is simply knowing I’m not alone. Being part of Make Better isn’t just about the content, but perhaps more so, it’s about the community. In fact, there is a whole forum dedicated to people confessing where they are scared and stuck, and how we, as a community, can help. It’s really powerful when you see 100’s of people who are all saying they are stuck suddenly become stuck simply because they realize they aren’t alone.
You say that "the creative process isn't merely about creating good art.. but better, more whole connected people." How does Make Better break down that ivory tower of perfection, expectation, and comparison? Slowly and often painfully. I wrestle with this myself nearly everyday. I think the power of Make Better is that you’re surrounded by a group of people (or at least a guide) who are constantly naming their own desire to be perfect; their own unrealistic expectations; and their own confessions believing that the grass is greener.
- Want to give it a go? Visit letsmakebetter.com.