This course is for those looking to get a deeper insight into what is meant by ‘art’ and how to use art to direct attention to conceptual issues and push expectations. It’s for those looking to give their work meaning and for those looking to communicate their ideas clearly to their audience.
During this course, we will introduce concepts both old and new; we’ll look at the ‘sequence of art’ (the art cognitive hierarchy) and delve into the concepts of history and superstition. We will demonstrate how to communicate ideas through the visual medium, how to problem solve and critique to find out what is working well and what needs to be improved.
This course will be delivered as a series of live weekly online lessons, with each lesson accompanied by live demonstrations and examples. This will include paint-overs, views and discussions on the topic of each lesson.
Lessons in this course
In this lesson, we’ll focus our attention to how we think of vision and our relationship with tools. We’ll learn to look between the lines when creating art, and we’ll push away from folklore and common myths in regard to ‘how we see’.
Here we will introduce you to the idea of agency and identity. We'll study shape language, the hierarchy of the visual cortex and how feelings play just as important role as seeing when creating art.
03. Your Body
This lesson will focus on the somatosensory system, peripersonal space and the mechanosensory system. We'll look at navigating space and the importance of proximity, and how this relates to friends and foes when it comes to designing a narrative. We'll also study creating a point-of-view and shifting identities.
04. Eye motion, cognitive switches and shifting states of reality
We now turn our attention to motion, time and our eyes. We will look at how dreams and lucid dreams work, and how this affects our reality.
05. Assembling the cognitive tool kit using our material tool kit
Here we will look at the traditional tools and their connection to the cognitive tool kit. We'll cover topics such as line, light, form, perspective and composition.
06. Affordances, Priming and grooming
Here we will look at training the audience so they have an understanding of the art that you create. We can do this by presenting and hiding information, sharing details for navigation and leading their eye, framing, creating compositions and evaluations.
07. Story Telling and Narrative
During this lesson, we'll study the building blocks of storytelling and narrative. This will include studying the 'sequence' and taking a look at what is considered a conventional sequence, how they are useful and how they are constraining. We'll then look at bringing your own ideas to the table and using the body as a storyteller.
08. Facial expressions
In this lesson, we'll explore the face and colour signals. We'll examine the ideas of 'projecting' a signal and 'receiving' a signal, and how expression can relate to status, role and identity.sise on the face and colour signals. We'll examine the ideas of 'projecting' a signal and 'recieving' a signal, and how expressiong can relate to status, role and identity.
09. Old School v New School
During this lesson, we will discuss traditional art, ideas and superstitions. We'll look at the influence of branding and misdirection and growing as an artist and not just becoming an imitation of others.
10. Animation and Realism
Our eye is an animator as it shifts from one point to the next. Here we will look at how our eyes drive the animation within a static image. We'll study saccades, facial uneveness, the sequence of facial expressions, and motion blindness.
11. Deep Truths
With art we have choices, and although our choices may be limited to a degree, we are still responsible for those choices. So how do we improve and communicate our ideas? He'll we will explore how to grow as an artist and we'll also examine non-art states of experience, such as isolation and sensory deprivation.
12. I wonder what the future holds
Art is ever changing and udring our final lesson, we'll discuss the business of art, the endeavor of art, our careers expectations, how to invent, protecting your work, vandalism, corporate folklore, keeping dignity and control with portfolio applications.
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