"Your course is really giving me a different outlook on art, the content and information given is really changing my way of looking at art and so my next trip to a museum, art gallery etc will be viewed with an entirely different eye! Thank you Wiktor" - (Joan B, student)
"Love this! Perfect for the passionate artist!" (Colette Barry, student)
Welcome to "Get More Art!"
I designed this course to help you do three things:
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." (Pablo Picasso)
This is a course that will hopefully help you look for something new. I built it for people who forgot how important art is - and for those who think they can't afford enjoying works of art. I built it for people who think that art is for someone else.
It's not, and you're missing out on a huge portion of a good life. This series of lectures will show you how to start getting it back.
“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” (Yann Martel, Life of Pi)
You deserve to be around art. You deserve to be moved, inspired, refreshed by it. You are entitled to speak about it, be curious about it, criticize and learn about it. It was not made for art historians or critics with PhDs. It was made for you to enjoy, explore and share.
This course shows you how to get back to the art you deserve. It shows you how to find it around you, how to talk about it without embarrassment or confusion, and how to start using it to boost your own creativity.
“Art is what you can get away with.” (Andy Warhol)
This is not a high-brow art appreciation course. Nobody enjoys those. This is a course based on simple rules and behaviour that comes easily. If you're curious, fun-loving and keen to experience something more than the 9-to-5 drudgery, then you've got what it takes to benefit from this course.
There will be practical use to everything you work with: each session ends with a project that you can complete to see instant results from your work here.
“In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted. Only artistic excellence is incorruptible. Pleasure cannot be bargained down." (Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love)
Join us and find out what you've been missing.
We tell ourselves stories all the time. Some of them become myths, and some myths end up closing off some great areas of our life. This is an introduction to 5 myths about art that do more harm than good. We're all waiting for your stories about art here - share it in the comments / discussion!
Forget the critics, PhDs, all the million-dollar words and essays. Art is difficult? See what we have to say about it. Would you agree?
If you live in a big town (like me), you'll find this is particularly true of every art experience you have to save up for. But is there a better way of thinking about art then "cheap-expensive"? I've got one idea here. Have you got more?
You blush when discussing paintings. You reluctantly tell your colleagues about why you like theatre so much. What is it about art that makes us so embarrassed? Do you get this as well? Get it all off your chest in the discussion section here!
There are more important things to focus on. What's the use of art in your life in general? I've got a few answers here - if you've got more, please share them.
All may be well and good for people who love art so much. But you're sure that's not you anyway. Can I take three minutes to change your mind? Let me know in the discussion section how it went :)
Read the typical reactions to art and choose which harmful myth is most likely affecting the speaker.
This is a quick introduction to the first section. How do you get more art? Care to share your ideas with us? :)
This is the obvious place to start. But even those go-to places for art can be surprising - and this lecture mentions a few "more" aspects of galleries and museums. Got more "more"? Share it with everyone here!
So what's the difference between these - and the galleries and museums mentioned earlier? I'm suggesting a few answers, and a few tips for getting the most out of every one of them. If you've got more, let us know!
This is another layer of artistic experience. It's got its own rules and its own magic! Got any talks or lectures worth recommending? You can let us all know here :)
OK, let's get you going on something practical! This project helps you on your first steps in exploring the art around you. The key question here is - which art experiences do you want to start seeking out right now? If you have a good answer (or a few good questions) - let us know.
This is a quick quiz that lets you decide where you're most likely to find a particular area of art. Other answers most welcome!
This is the section which many of you have been waiting for. We're sharing quick and easy ways of thinking and talking about art! Any tips you can proudly share here? Help us all out, by all means :)
"Always be prepared" may be a good motto, but won't work for something as unpredictable as art. What's a better one for this situation? Here's one suggestion. Let us know if it worked for you!
This is a trick worth learning. OK - it's not really a trick. It's how good art talk should help you enjoy your time! This works with all art, and all settings. Let us know how you used it, and share your examples for more awesome art talk.
Writing about art doesn't need to be boring or difficult. In fact, it could bring you fame and fortune! But before it does, how about a quick introduction to how it differs from art chats - and a practical solution to getting better at it?
You don't need to fear art critics. Some of your best friends are probably critics themselves! Here's how to deal with conflicting opinions in the world of art. (And yes, we all need more voices around here, so share your thoughts in the discussion section below)
This is our second project. Many people have sketchbooks or diaries for inspiration - let's get you started on one! Pay attention to these three areas for a better, more useable art archive of your own.
Can you figure out who said that? They're great quotations about art - and fun to remind yourself of when you discuss art in the future!
Here we go :) This is the last section, and things are becoming more creative for you. Let us know what you'd like to use your newly-found creativity for!
Who told you first to stay away from creative pursuits? What happened next? How to reverse the damage? Let's do away with the myth of "not being creative." Help us out in the discussion section if you wish!
Remember when you set up your art notebook in Project 2? Let's see what else it's good for. It involves one crucial question which may lead to more creativity with every bit of art you encounter. Let us know how you liked it in the comments!
Every job could use more art. And any job could be hacked so that more creativity and brilliance gets through. Here's how to get going, and what to look out for! How would you do it in the job you've got?
What's stopping you from becoming more creative at home? It turns out that there's more to domestic creativity than meets the eye. This is a very personal and intimate area, so if you feel like sharing anything here, we'd be honoured - just hit the discussion section and type away.
This is it! The project that will let you work with the creative impulses in your life, do more art - and get better at things that could use more brilliance in everyday work. Has it worked for you? Have you got ideas for improving those? Let us all know here :)
This is it, everyone! I hope you enjoyed the course. Please let us know how you used it to get more art!
From starting projects to researching the next exciting art weekend, this guide will grow to include more goodies. Got a suggestion? Join the discussion below!
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