Hello! My name is Carla Sonheim and I am the author of “The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone” which was released by Perigee Books this week! I’m happy to be here to tell you a little about this Silly book.
I am a mom to two boys (now grown and almost-grown), and not exactly in a silly stage of life.
So what does a “cheerful, gray-haired person who doesn’t know anything,” know about Being Silly? (Bio courtesy of my teenaged son, Wes.)
As a drawing teacher for both kids and adults, I can tell you that everyone is more creative when we let a childlike, silly side of us emerge, even if just a little bit. Along with the serious parts of learning to draw, it’s just as important to let down your defenses and be open to any outcome, even silly ones.
“The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone” is an activity book full of fun, silly, and serious drawing exercises designed to tap into that childlike part of you. Of course, kids being the original SILLY PEOPLE will have fun with this book as well. (Even better, it’s something adults and children can do together!)
Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said, “If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.”
Weird, right? But here’s how I see it: As humans we seem to need extremes to be “whole”: winter and summer, night and day, asleep and awake, logical and creative… serious and SILLY!
I hope you enjoy the book!