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The Visual Mind and the Imagination

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ONLINE: 6 February – 13 March 2021, Saturday 10am-2.30pm AEDT. Early fee ends 11 Jan 2021.
Kelly-Ann Denton

Do you have a burning desire to grow your imagination or set an intention to imagine something different for your art? Have you developed technical skills but wish you could cement your ideas to match them? Learn to use your visual mind to access, strengthen and grow your unique possibilities in this live, lecturer-led, six-week online course. You are invited to explore concepts and build-out your own ideas via your chosen medium across any visual art practice including painting or sculpture, digital art, creative writing, or even app development.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile, home-studio requirements and art materials

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Full Details

Term: Term One 2021 Online
Start Date: 6 February 2021
End Date: 13 March 2021
Day: Saturday
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm AEDT
Number of classes: 6

Lecturer: Kelly-Ann Denton
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
New Student Fee: $405.00 AUD
Early Fee: $385.00 AUD
Previous Student Fee: $355.00 AUD
Location: Online delivery via Zoom

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Overview

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain 1889*

If you have ever had a burning desire to grow your imagination or set an intention to imagine something different for your art, then this is a stellar place to start. Have you ever wanted to explore your own creative potential? Have you developed technical skills but wish you could cement your ideas to match them? Perhaps it’s time to learn to use your visual mind to access, strengthen and grow your unique possibilities? The Visual Mind and the Imagination is a live, lecturer-led, six-week online course where you are invited to explore concepts and build-out your own ideas via your chosen medium across any visual art practice including painting or sculpture, digital art, creative writing, or even app development.

Kelly-Ann Denton leads you through the neuroscience of imagination, the visual mind, visual mapping, metaphor, visualisations, meditation, psychology, curiosity and actually learning to see new connections, preparing you for a personal and transformative journey into your own imagination. Each week she presents new skills that either generate imaginative processes or remove blocks, extending an invitation to explore and expand in unique and personal ways. Students are encouraged to share ideas and support individual growth and the diverse concepts the group will contribute to a whole.

The course is suitable for those with an existing artistic practice as well as those just starting out in their artistic life. It is open to all who are looking for an adventure of the creative mind and anyone who wants to enhance their ability to picture concepts or just use the imagination in new ways to transform ideas, whatever the medium.

Week by week overview of the course

  1. The Visual Mind
    The Imagination
    The Observer & The Observed
    Mindfulness
  2. Blind Thinking
    The Subconscious
    The Law of Noticing
  3. Visual Capabilities
    The Alpha State
    Visualisation
    The Mirror
  4. The Creative/Ideation Process
    Metaphors (Imagination exercises)
    Presentation of Concepts
  5. Fleshing Out Ideas
    The Art of the Critique
    Flow & Eureka
  6. Presentation of Final Concepts
    The Possibility Principle
    Storyboarding

Course delivery

Kelly-Ann’s online studio course is taught with Zoom and takes advantage of the full range of tools that this program offers. She is present in the online studio for the whole session and she responds directly to student questions in live critiques and discussions. We are also using Padlet in this course, Padlet is a web application that allows users to post information and images on a digital wall.

If you are unfamiliar with the Zoom program, some tutorial assistance is available prior to the commencement of the first session to ensure you can join in with ease and get to know the online learning environment. You will be guided in Padlet usage by your Lecturer and you can get additional tutorial help from NAS.

Class sizes are limited to a maximum of twelve students and the sessions are not recorded.

STUDENT HOME-STUDIO REQUIREMENTS

A computer, laptop or iPad with good quality wifi connection.
The computer screen positioned in a stable place in front of you, at a distance that allows you to see screen images clearly, and to be heard through the inbuilt or external speakers and microphone.
A quiet, private space without interruptions is also important.

ART MATERIALS

A large, flat table with enough room for laying out up to an A3 size paper and any materials you wish to create with e.g. pencils, pens, paint, markers, digital tablet etc.
A Visual Diary to draw out your ideas, this can be digital or physical. The lecturer will show you diary options in the first class, so it is not necessary for the first week.

Lecturer Profile

Kelly-Ann Denton practices as a visual artist and teaches visual thinking to enable people to connect with and foster their visual language skills. She commenced a visual art and visual culture practice in 1993. She has designed visual education and imagination programs over two decades and written curricula for universities, government and schools. She has lectured extensively on both the historical and contemporary practices of visual art, whilst training students in the technical components of digital picture making. She worked as a professional digital artist from 1999 – 2015. Her personal work has received finalist standing in the most significant contemporary art prizes in Australia. Her expertise is founded on a comprehensive understanding of how we see, how we imagine and how we remember in order to make sense of our environments and create realities by visually externalising them. Kelly-Ann holds a Masters Degree in Visual Art from Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney and is the Chief Visual Officer of imagineer.me

*Ref: 1889, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain, Quote Page 421 and 422, Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York.

Fine Art Supplies

Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email parkersartsupplies@aapt.net.au
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

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