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Idea Thinking


From: Sara (sarawren_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat May 08 2004 - 11:39:18 PDT

Interesting stuff


The series of books called " TALKING WITH ARTISTS"
by Pat Cummings

Pat asked serveral Artists many questions as
Where do you get your ideas?
What do you enjoy drawing most?

One could get these books from the library then
create a list from this information for an idea poster
or Use these books as bellwork and let the student report on these artists
and create an artist idea poster or artist idea wall.

A site I found - Blast Creative Blueprint

some of the pages come up with small print
Just copy it and enlarge

  Interactive: How do other people get inspired?
What is brainstorming?
Interactive brainstorming tool: Fruit machine
Brainstorming tool: Idea matrix
Brainstorming tool: Six Thinking Hats
Brainstorming tool: Topsy-turvy
Brainstorming tool: SCAMPER

Keeping a notebook/visual diary
Interactive: Who else keeps a notebook/diary?
Keeping a dream diary

 Idea chooser
Pitch to yourself

How to make a creative space
Feng shui your space

Blast Creative Blueprint Get started Keeping a notebook/visual diary

A sketchbook/notebook is your 'visual' diary. It is a place to store your
ideas, to plan and develop your work and to experiment.

No-one else has to see what you put in your diary so you don't have to worry
about what anyone else would think of it.

Carry it with you everywhere - you never know when inspiration will strike!
Always be on the lookout for things to record in your diary and capture
everything. And make sure you look over your diary regularly - reflect on
your ideas and build on them.

Many famous and highly creative people have kept notebooks and visual
diaries. Artists like Picasso, Van Gogh and Henry Moore kept sketchbooks.
Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and writer Bruce Chatwin kept extensive notebooks.
Leonardo da Vinci kept notebooks where he teased out all sorts of ideas and
recorded his visual and scientific observations.

What does a visual diary look like?
Your diary can be any shape or size you like and it can look however you
want it to - it might be a plain old exercise book or you might cover it in
images, material - anything. Think about what you will use your visual diary
for, if you are an artist you will probably want something with unlined,
good quality paper but if you're a writer it might be more important to have
a book with pockets so that you can keep clippings in them. If you don't
like the idea of carrying a book around with you perhaps you could try a
dictaphone, a laptop, or an envelope to put scraps of paper and clippings

So, what exactly do I put in this diary?
You've got your diary but now you're staring at a blank page. Here are some
ideas to get you started:
create a cartoon character of yourself (and a storyline for it)
do a floorplan of your creative dream-room/dream-house
make a list of significant moments/memories from your life
record your mood each day - try to express it visually
make a list of people you admire/find inspirational
write a recipe for success

other sites
How Do Artists Get Their Ideas? Culture and Environment as Sources of Ideas

where do artist get ideas WEB

Blockbusters for Artists