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Current Artist-in-Residence:  Hannah Pomante

Born in Spokane, Washington, Hannah Pomante is a landscape artist who explores the various ways in which to portray the natural world around us.

Hannah attended Whitworth University, earning a degree in the two-dimensional arts and minors in environmental studies and art history. She has won multiple awards, which include winning the 42 Annual Superintendent’s Art Show in Washington, as well as recently receiving a Spokane Arts Grant Award. Her work, “Featherbrained,” can be found in the permanent collection of the old Washington State Capitol building in Olympia, WA.

Artist in Residence Blog: Updates from Hannah Pomante

Hannah will be providing us with updates throughout her residency. You can find her posts here and on Facebook where they will be updated regularly.

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this blog belong solely to the Spokane Art School Artist-in-Residence, and not necessarily to the Spokane Art School.

Schedule Your Creativity
With many of us now working at home, it’s easy to let time slip away. Distractions arise, excuses begin to take form, and slowly the day passes us by. I know for me, it’s been a tough transition. Worlds are colliding and it’s hard to maintain separation. Particularly in the arts, when we have the desire to work when “creativity strikes,” this can be particularly tricky territory to navigate. The problem is it feeds procrastination. With any other job or ...
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Art you can do at home
Amidst times of canceled events, no school and social distancing, it can be easy to feel cooped up. However, there are plenty of ways to access your creative side and stay entertained at home. Here, I’ve listed a few ideas to get you started. And don’t worry, as exhibited in my pictures below, I went ahead and tested most of them out firsthand for you ☺ Art Activities for Kids Learn to make paper flowers! Try out different papers you ...
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The Relationship between Art, Nature and Mindfulness
I recently went to an artist lecture, and their discussion of mindfulness brought my attention to an old memory. It was when my father and I used to sit outside in silence together. When I was particularly young, I was actually somewhat fascinated by the process. I remember I’d get excited when he’d go out there in the evening, anticipating our time together. Once I saw he had completed his daily devotion, I’d slowly make my way out, introducing myself ...
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How to Share the Creative Process
When it comes to sharing the creative process with others, often times, it can be trickier than one would anticipate. It goes back to what I mentioned in my previous post, which is intimidation. For years, we're taught "good" art is the kind that accurately represents our surroundings. If this wasn't your cup of tea, however, you likely had the misfortune of being taught art wasn't for you. So how do we help others get over this, so they can ...
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Process Over Product
Process over product.  Kids seem to have it mastered and adults get hung up over it. Ironically, it even managed to stump me when writing this blog post, creating a barrier for me as I fretted over the right things to say. Clearly, I’m still learning to embrace the concept. As a result, it remains work in progress. Yet, as I change, so does my practice. There’s a vulnerability that comes with creating, because unlike many endeavors, it’s out there for others to ...
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