Developing art practice
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
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Course Code: VM563
Duration: 12 sessions (over 39 weeks)
What is the course about?
Over the period of a year, you will build your own body of artwork and attend a series of work-based seminars facilitated by artist-teachers, both onsite in workshop, tutorial or seminar contexts, and offsite during organised gallery, studio and artist-run organisation visits. You will have the opportunity for appraising your work in the setting of a supportive and critical peer feed-back, receive personal tutorials on your developing practice, and participate in guided on-line discussion. The course is taught by practicing artists, makers and theorists who will assist you in building your art practice in a supportive and professional context.
What will we cover?
Over the year, you will create and sustain a programme of personal or collaborative art practice. You will be supported in developing and enhancing the critical understanding of your personal work through studying alongside a diverse creative community of tutors and peers. As part of the course, you will build an online profile, which will form the basis of discussion, critique and exchange, and act as preparation for submissions and applications for exhibitions, further higher-level study, or other creative opportunities. As part of this, the tutor team will provide advice and mentoring support. In between taught sessions, those on the course will be expected to be working independently on their creative project and participating in discussion and exchange via the course virtual learning environment (support will be provided on using this facility at the start of the course).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- develop and sustain a body of personal creative project work in any area of art practice
- build confidence and critical awareness in assessing your creative progress and practice
- position your work in relation to contemporary fine art contexts and participate confidently in critical discussion
- explore possible contexts for your work by making relevant applications or submissions if appropriate
- develop an on-line profile and a personal approach to presenting and representing your work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
To enrol you will have completed a higher-level course, such as the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, the City Lit Fine Art Course, the City Lit sculpture course or equivalent, or have some prior experience working in an art or design context, with an existing portfolio of work.
Course applicants will be interested in identifying personal goals, exploring personal creative work and possible contexts for developing and displaying artwork. The course is ideal for those looking for a group environment to support them in developing creative work, projects and ideas.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be expected to develop your personal practice outside of seminar sessions and personal tutorial hours; post images or work online for discussion and contribute to a discussion forum outside of the set course hours.
The course will be a combination of online and studio-based learning.
Teaching days will include tutor and peer to peer presentation and group discussion.
Online teaching can consist of seminars using video conference software (eg: Zoom) and forums (eg: Google classroom).
Off-site gallery visits can require spending a day walking between galleries in a group. There will also be assignments such as to visit galleries on your own, or 'virtually'.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to have the following, as essentials:
- email address
- reliable internet connection
- computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (we recommend google chrome)
- digital camera or smartphone to document your work for sharing on Google Classroom.
We recommend you bring along a notebook/sketchbook, and a pen. You may wish to buy books related to topics and subjects for further study.
Offsite visits will take place in galleries and art sites across London. These can stretch over a full teaching day; so you will need to be able to walk between the venues and/or travel within the Greater London area on public transport. All sites selected will be free of charge, however you may wish to visit exhibitions with entrance fees independently.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Once you have completed this course you may be interested in other advanced courses across the City Lit Art and Design programme such as Contemporary practice: personal project (VM676)
In addition to our expanding range of advanced long courses, you will find a new and growing range of professional practice workshops in the school of Visual Arts, aimed at providing support, skills and context, and developing communities of practice. These workshops can be taken individually, according to need or interest, or as complementary components of a modular course, which you design for yourself; either way, they are there to provide you with the skills, knowledge and connections you need to take your advanced creative practice forward.
Heidi Wigmore is a visual artist whose diverse practice is informed by drawing; her particular interest is in the ‘dynamic performative figure’. She is artist workshop leader for English National Ballet where she has developed ‘live drawing’ events at The Coliseum and Sadlers Wells theatre that explore the common language of drawing and dance. She has also led drawing workshops at Tate Liverpool, at the Turner Prize for Hull City of Culture and for the British Museum exhibition ‘Lines of Thought’.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.