What is the course about?
The ability to generate ideas is fundamental to the process of art and essential to the success of artists. This course aims to introduce you to methods that will help you generate ideas. How do artists get ideas? How do they transform ideas into completed work? For many students the way artists generate ideas is a mystery. Learning about the skills and processes involved in producing and developing your own concepts will increase your confidence in making art. On this one day workshop you will learn the secrets of how artists generate ideas. Working quickly, you will learn practical methods to create ideas and focus on experimenting with different approaches. You'll be encouraged to think in a creative way and to experiment with methods for generating themes and concepts.
What will we cover?
There will be illustrated talks that explain an artists method or technique for generating ideas followed by practical exercises where you will be encouraged to try them out and see if they produce interesting results. The exercises are designed to be easily accessible and draw out your individual voice, fire your imagination and go beyond obvious ideas.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- identify methods and techniques for generating ideas
- understand a range of techniques that artists use to create themes and concepts in their work
- recognise some of your own natural abilities for idea generation
- recognise various processes artists use to discover concepts by experimenting with materials
- to discover a point of view or personal perspective to your work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to students of all levels and abilities - from beginners who want to understand the importance of ideas in art to higher-level students who want to refresh their thinking.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In-class exercises, tutor-led discussions, block-breaking exercises. There will be no homework.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs. Bring an open mind.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The skills you learn on this short course are transferrable to all the courses within Visual Arts.
You may be considering one of our long, higher level courses that we offer in a range of art specialisms -
eg Extended Drawing for Artists and Makers,
This workshop will refresh your thinking and kick start your personal ideas.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details