Of all the things in this wide, wild world, I have found myths and legends to be the most inspirational source material. My first introduction came in movies like Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts--stop animation films filled with wondrously strange worlds abounding with odd entities such as multi-armed deities, cyclopean beasts, and snake-headed gorgons. After that I was hooked. I read everything I could on the topic…no matter the culture. Many years later as an adult, I am still drawn to these concepts. Artistically, I have found these tales wonderful springboards for creativity. After all, artistic expression like many heroic tales is a journey into the unknown; the artist’s job is to go to secret land and retrieve something magical to share. So your task for this class is to pick a myth or legend…any myth from any culture (preferably one that inspires or fascinates you). Next, using found objects and discarded toys, you will create a piece of art that embodies the tale of your choosing. You could focus on a character (like Zeus or Shiva or Quetzalcoatl) or tell a story (like Pandora’s box). As for presentation I will leave it up to you…it could be a free-standing sculpture, or something that hangs on the wall. You definitely want to come to this class…otherwise you’ll be myth-ing out.