Thursday, 26 March 2009

experimenting with the media is what this is all about, learning to enjoy the process for its own sake without too much thought for the final outcome.

problem solving.

new clay provides an opportunity to explore without the worry of glazing and firing; it dries in the air, gets painted, varnished then is kept as a memory.................

special day for some

Thursday, 19 March 2009

out the box

The main focus of BEd1 art workshops is to encourage the student to take creative risks, think out of the box and relish experimenting. The final outcome is incidental. It's much more about the process of being creative, for its own sake, with little thought of any product at the end of it all.
This challenges the students to step back from the prescriptive and look at new possibilities with their own creativity. Being able to draw and paint in the conventional sense, is no longer relevant. This is about allowing creativity to flourish in whatever way seems appropriate.

Today, I was asked by a student,
"what makes art good? what is art?"
Is there an answer to this?
There are many books on this very subject, however, I can only answer as an artist.
It's about intent. If an artist creates work with integrity, wanting to genuinely and sincerely communicate (with an audience), then this is art. Good art is something else again. In financial terms, a piece of art can be said to be worth only what someone is prepared to pay for it. That doesn't necessarily make it good art. Depends on the criteria.
Do think about this and add comments, if you like.

messy stuff as well

Sometimes we tend to get our hands dirty.....................

work done today

here is some more artwork done by the students today. I ran the idea of this past them so here's hoping that they enjoy their virtual gallery, update it regularly and that it inspires others!

Monday, 16 March 2009

more artwork

some art in progress

art at UWS

Welcome to the new blog for BEd students artwork at the University of the West of Scotland.
Here you can see just how interesting the artwork created by our students can be.
Being able to draw or paint well isn't what this is about, it's about sharing creativity and most of all, having fun doing it!
Here the students upload their creative endeavours done in our art workshops. The work is challenging them to think out of the box, be adventurous, take risks, enjoy experimenting.
They are tomorrow's teachers who will enable creativity to happen in education.
Creativity is essential for our emotional wellbeing, young and old alike!