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RE: [teacherartexchange] What is your artistic process


From: Diane Gregory (gregory.diane55_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jul 28 2008 - 14:08:20 PDT

Cindy and all,

This is a great list! I am teaching and elementary methods class this fall for elementary education majors and this would make a good handout for this class. Thinking like an artist and then ways to "modify" an image/object will help them to move forward. It is a good list to help those not used to thinking creatively to generate new ideas.

Thanks so much. I hope I can use it. Who should I give credit for this wonderful information?



--- On Mon, 7/28/08, familyerickson <> wrote:

> From: familyerickson <>
> Subject: RE: [teacherartexchange] What is your artistic process
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> Date: Monday, July 28, 2008, 5:09 PM
> Joe,
> Here's some stuff that we came up with years ago on
> this list that might be good as a starting point for your
> lesson plan (i know this isn't exactly what you meant by
> your original request - it's a bit of a divergence but
> it all ties together with the idea of being an artist, the
> artistic process and how to get yourself going....)
> Learning to think like an artist means:
> * looking at things more closely than most people do.
> * finding beauty in everyday things and situations.
> * making new connections between different things and
> ideas.
> * going beyond ordinary ways of thinking and doing
> things.
> * looking at things in different ways in order to
> generate new perspectives.
> * taking risks and exposing yourself to possible
> failure.
> * arranging things in new and interesting ways.
> * working hard and at the edge of your potential.
> * persisting where others may give up.
> * concentrating your effort and attention for long
> periods of time.
> * dreaming and fantasizing about things.
> * using old ideas to create new ideas and ways of
> seeing things.
> * doing something simply because it's interesting
> and personally challenging to do.
> Ways to modify an image or object:
> start with an object
> *use closure= anything that closes, shuts or goes around
> something
> *multiply=to cause to increase in number, amount, extent,
> or degree
> *superimpose=to put, lay or stack on top of something else
> *transpose=to change the usual order or normal position; to
> interchange
> *expand or shrink=to make a great deal larger or a great
> deal smaller
> *distort=to twist out of shape, change the normal form
> *focalize=to focus in on a small section or portion
> *simplify=to make simpler, make plainer or easier
> *disguise=to alter, to hide the real nature of
> *fragment=to break up; a part broken away from the whole
> *change perspective=to see from a different angle or
> viewpoint
> *metamorphosis=a marked or complete change of character,
> appearance, condition or use
> I made a handout of the above for my students starting with
> a pumpkin. It was really fun!
> Hope this helps.
> Cindy
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Sent: Friday, July 25, 2008 2:46 PM
> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] What is your artistic process
> I sent this email to the yahoo art ed group and haven't
> gotten much response. Maybe everyone is enjoying the last
> of summer vacation.
> What is your artistic process? I am trying to compile a
> list of different ways to start a piece of art and was
> hoping for some suggestions. For example do you work
> strictly from observation or do you use photos? If you use
> photos do you take them yourself or use images from
> magazines? If your work is abstract how do you start? Do
> you have a preconceived idea on how the abstract painting
> should look like when finished or is it a complete surprise
> when finished? Please don't just limit this to painting
> but drawing, ceramic, fibers or any art medium.
> My propose for this is to create a lesson plan on how
> artist create. How they begin their project. Must students
> have a hard time coming up with ideas on what to create
> without looking at a magazine and copying a famous person or
> an idol of some kind. So I am trying to figure how to
> address this problem in a lesson.
> Plus, what do you do if you are "blocked." You
> want to create something but just can't come up with an
> idea to put down on paper, canvas or whatever you chosen
> medium is.
> Thanks for your help and I look forward to the responses.
> Blessings,
> Joe
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