Date of workshop: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Come hear Austin Kleon talk about creativity, visual thinking, and being an artist. Author of the new book Steal Like An Artist, which has shot onto the New York Time’s Bestseller List, Austin is a renaissance man of the digital age obsessed with the art of communicating with pictures and words. He will follow the discussion with a Q&A and book signing. Signed copies available, and he’ll be adding sketches to each title page, too! (paperback book, $10.95)
Praise for Steal Like An Artist
“Austin Kleon is positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet.” —Maria Popova, The Atlantic
“Brilliant and real and true.” — Rosanne Cash, singer, songwriter, and author of Composed
“Beautiful.” —Chris Anderson, curator of TED
“…filled with well-formed advice that applies to nearly any kind of work.” —Lifehacker.com
Praise for Newspaper Blackout
“Kleon helped fuel a movement.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
Named one of 30 Must-See Tumblr Blogs – Time
“…his poems…resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead.”—The New Yorker
“Highbrow / brilliant” —New York magazine, Approval Matrix
“The newspaper ends up more black than white and shows another way to read between the lines.” —NPR
After seeing Austin Kleon’s found poetry collection, Newspaper Blackout, Broome Community College invited him to speak to students. For his talk, Austin shared the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was in college, most notably “Steal like an artist.” When Austin posted the slides from that presentation on his website, it went viral instantly. To date, the original post has been read by over 1.85 million people. He has shared his ideas with audiences at TEDx, SXSW, and The Economist’s Human Potential Summit.
Austin’s insightful guidance and distinctive presentation have struck a chord with those trying to do something truly original—in all fields— at a time when no idea seems truly new. Indeed, we learn from Austin that nothing is really original. All creative concepts must build on what came before them.
Now, Austin is delving deeper into his ideas and expanding his game-changing speech into a manifesto: STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. The book teaches readers how to study the work of personal heroes and transform that inspiration into something new. STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST pushes creators of all kinds to start producing: Step away from the screen. Practice productive procrastination. Build your own world. Get yourself a calendar. Write fan letters. Keep your day job. Choose wisely, and have fun. Quit picking fights and go make something.
True to his tenets, Kleon’s practical, yet fresh advice is presented with genuine passion and playful illustrations. STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST will free readers from the enormous pressure of being unique and provide them with the tools to gather their influences and forge their own path.
About the Author: Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. His work has been featured on 20×200.com, NPR’s Morning Edition, and PBS Newshour, and in The Wall Street Journal. He speaks about creativity, visual thinking, and being an artist online for organizations such as SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He is also the author of Newspaper Blackout, a bestselling book of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Meghan, and their dog, Milo.