My intention, as summer turned in to autumn, was to “expand & broaden” my creative skills – turning from urban- & botanical sketching into testing different kinds of artistic methods and materials.
Designing my own art education, I am free to choose my own path. Having a MA in literature & aesthetic theory (including art history, film & architecture), I believe I have my theoretical and historical foundation in place. And since I’m not interested in working in conceptual art, what I need to learn is the material & practical side of it all. I need to learn craft and to develop skills.
To push on, to learn more, I looked for suitable tutors. I found quite a few… I also set a strict timetable for myself, ensuring I got creative work done – EVERY DAY. This is a short “line up” of what I have been doing:
Semester summary (courses & classes etc.):
- Daily croquis of new dog.
- Followed Nelleke Verhoeff’s class Creating Simple Characters (drawing & collage)
- Participated in the online class: 7 Essentials with Anita Lehmann.
- Four (very busy but tremendously fun) weeks in Este MacLeod’s online class: Flower Collage.
- A weekend painting workshop.
- A weekend workshop in Cyanotype/Blueprints
- An intensive 3-day-workshop focusing on image/text relationship.
- Last but not least; a weekend workshop in linocut printing.
I worked a lot with collage this autumn, I think the process is too messy, and I sometimes find collage art lacking a personal touch or being too cool & trendy. But things changed a lot when I started painting and printing my own paper (as I did in the Flower Collage class). Suddenly it was no longer about a clever way to use pre-made images and found stuff. Instead I started working with my own paper and, to a greater degree than before, with my own imagination, and everything felt much more like an original, intuitive process.
I might not like messy untidiness, but I do like unpredictability to play a part in my art making. I really like to work with projects where some of the process is left to chance. And all kinds of printmaking have this quality to it, and so no wonder I really enjoyed both cyanotype and linocut.
I think collage and printmaking will follow me into next semester, and I already have a week painting workshop scheduled. What I am looking for is a really good printing-workshop … so if you know of any, please let me know!
I must admit I really enjoy designing my own education! I have given myself 3 more years to go, three more years to study, before I’ll decide what to do with the rest of my life …
It’s a grand privilege – I know!