Creativity explored…

Here’s a link to an article that outlines some useful ways to explore things in a creative manner. the idea being to find ways to break down barriers we may have in our conditioned thinking to come up with fresh ideas. try some and see what happens, oh and report back here in the comments about what you find.

Creativity boosters

How about some ideas for boosting your creativity…

For some, creative ideas seem to flow readily and they can launch from one creative project to the next with ease but for others the ideas can come in “fits and starts” and often it seems like “flits and stops…” So here’s a few creativity boosters you might like to explore.

  1. Record your dreams – Keeping a dream journal about the dreams you had the minute you wake can assist you to recall dreams with greater clarity, this can be useful for exploring your subconscious and the imagery it evokes.
  2. Mind maps – This is a great area to search on the Internet and can give you great ways to explore ideas you might have floating about in your head, basically the idea you have starts in the middle of a page and the thoughts  you have relating to it radiate out from there, adding images and words together can be highly useful in freeing up the creative development process.
  3. Do the opposite – If you are a realistic artist try some abstract works and vice verse. Or if you draw in Black and white try painting in colour, the resultant unconscious exploration can free your mind up to develop fresh ideas. there can be a wide range of ways this technique can be developed in lots of areas of your life, try a few and see what happens.
  4. Get Absurd – Similar to the opposities idea, getting absurd is about finding different approaches to things, an example might be making a tragic scene humorous a funny scene tragic or any combination in between. You might start to document in your Visual Journal absurd situations you come across in everyday life, then explore how you might communicate these visually. Word association games that can get absurd is one strategy that comes to mind as being useful, great fun too!
  5. Use the accelerator! – Allegedly staring at this picture can present us with different colours and visual stimulus, after a while start writing, jotting, doodling, and exploring thoughts that come into your head. Try writing, drawing etc with your opposite hand as well to give the new ideas an edginess you might not other wise have explored. If you are clever on the computer you could create a whole range of these in different styles, colours, shapes and check out the effect they have… This one is Copyright to Michael Munn PhD.
  6. Collage – Get a range of images and articles on a subject and explore ways to make them come together, try a 3D exploration, or way to colour the images, perhaps scan them and move them about on the computer. Play with it and see what comes up.
  7. Relax! – Creativity under pressure seldom seems to work, so chill out and find ways to let your creative “juices flow”, the more you start looking for ways to do this the more you might find great ideas coming to the fore.
  8. Explore! – Make combination of the above and find new ways to explore creativity. Like doing No:5 but with tiny photo’s. Do an Internet search on creativity and find other examples, then post about them in the comments for this post.
  9. Journal – How is  your visual Journal anyway? does it provide you with a personal sounding board? Or does it simply give you a way to download…. is it full of words, pictures, colours, links, ideas, options, art, options and possibilities, if not why not!

Teachers, get your students to pre read this article and discuss it in class, and or extend the idea by getting them to research other creativity boosting techniques and share them in class. Want another idea? Get them to create their own creativity accelerator (as per the above diagram), perhaps discuss what qualities they might want their accelerator to posses.

Students, Don’t wait for your teacher or lecturer to guide these activities! JUMP IN! and do them yourself…

Creativity busters

Here’s an article on creativity busters by Kris Bordessa The idea here is to give parents ideas on how to avoid stifling creativity with their children, but what about us as adults? What sorts of things can we learn from this list that might be keeping us from being creative, or more creative?

Sure the above list is just a starting point, but the reach of such creativity busting devices could be huge. So make a list of things that could be holding your creativity back from being all it can be and find ways to work with and or eliminate them.

Exploring other worlds

When it comes to creating art there is a myriad of theme starters, however for many if a creative block kicks in there can be no end of trouble getting started. Here’s a few possibilities you might want to try out, so get your visual diary out and have a crack.

There, that’s a few ideas to get you started, if you find any more drop a comment or an email and I will see if I can add it to the list!

Teachers, get your students to pre read this article and discuss it in class, and or extend the idea by getting them to research other techniques and share them in class.

Students, Don’t wait for your teacher or lecturer to guide these activities! JUMP IN! and do them yourself…

Teacher tips…

What are some of the things your Visual Art teachers or lecturers told you, which really stood out? perhaps it was a gem of advice, a trick. a tip, a hint, a statement, a life changing moment an epiphany… what ever it was jot it down in the comments and I will work with it and compile a list up here in the main post. (all going well!)

Here’s mine from Mrs L,

“Lickety Split boy, get on with it and stop dilly dallying about, art waits for no man…”

I used to spend too much time fiddling about, so she was right on the money with that one, thanks Mrs L! 🙂

“At Art school in the early 70’s I had a drawing teacher who, whenever I made a mark would yell at me that I was a liar! The object/line did not look like that. All I can say is that by the end of the year I was a good draughts-woman and if I had her the next year I was leaving. I idolised my art teachers at school”

– Belle

“My general drawing teacher at TAFE told me..”The only thing stopping you from getting anywhere is your ability to draw”
I’m still trying to figure that one out.
I think she meant that you don’t always have to draw things as you see them.
I used to learn a lot from the other students as we all sat around trying to decode all of the things that the teachers said that morning.

I’d like to say that I looked up to my art teachers but I can’t because I was taller than all of them.

The classes I got the most from were experimental drawing and colour theory and design.

By the way, if a teacher gives a student a low mark , doesn’t that mean that he/she has failed as well?”

– Devilbiss

“My Art Teacher really made me open my eyes up to forgetting about ‘ticking boxes off’ for assessment purposes and really try and take note about what is coming from the work that interests you – and following it.

“you can’t bull**** me!” is how I believe she put it

Simple stuff but I did feel myself let go a lot this semester”

– Lisa M

8 points to good Self Promotion

When it comes to the visual arts, there is a whole range of self promotion activities the emerging artist might have to consider.

  1. Ways to get a gallery interested in their works. (strategies)
  2. How to create, develop and utilise media releases and written pieces. (To assist with art interviews, media write ups, a bio, CV etc.)
  3. The creation of a web presence. (You need people to be able to find you fast. A web site can be one way to do just that.)
  4. Building “Google Love”. (So you can be readily found on the web. SEO – Search Engine Optimisation)
  5. Keeping a useful database of contacts. (Galleries – purchasers etc. Email addresses, phone numbers as well as physical addresses.)
  6. Keeping in contact now you have a database. (let these people know you have things happening, awards, write ups, exhibitions, (solo or group.)
  7. Having a great set of photo’s, scanned and ready for any publication. (of your work, of you “in action”)
  8. Solid interpersonal communication skills. There is little sense in wanting to say something and not being able to… This is probably as much about personal presentation and confidence as anything, no need to be the worlds best public speaker but able to hold a decent conversation is a great start.

All of these are vital to an artist starting out and developing their career. Some may be “lucky” and be swooped up by a gallery and never have to concern themselves with these sorts of issues, however the stories of this happening are rather isolated.

Having a great stack of art work and a longing to be a good artist is one thing, having the works hidden under a “bed” is another, while a well rounded self promotion strategy can make the world of difference.

Think carefully about this list of self promotion items and how you might go about finding out more and building on each to ensure you put your best foot forward.

A quick look at the environment in art

So what can you do to express something about the environment, in the environment? The short answer, lots of things! So be inspired and check out some possibilities.

The importance of art…

Ever thought about how important the arts are… maybe, maybe not, well here’s a short grab of information to give you a wider insight.

Thanks to Sue Davis for her efforts. 🙂

Teachers, get your students to pre watch this then discuss it in class, and or extend the idea by getting them to research and or brainstorm other aspects of it and share them in class or as an assignment of some kind.

Students, Don’t wait for your teacher or lecturer to guide these activities! JUMP IN! and do them yourself…

Women in art

A fascinating video on women in art.