Led by Associate Artist Chris Lewis-Jones, the course aims to enhance learners’ ability to engage in both the theory and practice of contemporary fine art (and associated creative discourses) using the exciting exhibitions programme at Nottingham Contemporary as a primary source and inspiration. The course is ideal for artists, aspiring artists, artist-facilitators and art educators, though keen amateurs will also find it both stimulating and useful. Learners do not need to have any formal qualifications in art, but a genuine interest in the discourse is essential. Precise course content will be dictated by the evolving aspirations of the learning group as a whole, but it will certainly include: research into art and artists, contemporary theory and approaches to practice (mark making, visual language, symbolism and semiotics, collaborative and performative art, dialogue as practice), plus, if appropriate, critique/s of professional practice. Nottingham Contemporary will provide all of the materials and resources needed, though learners will be free to bring their own materials and tools if they wish. Sessions will take place in the studio, but will make extensive use of the gallery (and other spaces within the building) too. Field trips to local venues (such as Primary or New Art Exchange) will be arranged when and if appropriate. The course will probably culminate in some sort of sharing event/opportunity.
Tutor: Chris Lewis-Jones
Venue: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, NG1 2GB
Date: Friday 14th September 2012
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm Duration: 12 Sessions
Fee: £126.00 (£113.40 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income
- Enhance learners’ ability to engage in contemporary visual art practice
- Enhance learners’ ability to engage in and appreciate/enjoy contextual analysis
- Enhance learners’ ability to engage with a variety of contemporary art related theoretical/philosophical discourse/s
- Enhance learners’ knowledge, experience and understanding of contemporary approaches to the practice and theory of fine art and associated disciplines (live art/performance, new theatre, cross discipline, multi media…)
Topics to be covered
Topics and content will be dictated by evolving vocational and educational aspirations and needs of the learning group, as a whole, and of each individual learner. However, they will certainly include:
research into art and artists, contemporary theory and practice, mark making, visual language, semiotics, dialogue as practice, plus professional practice and, if appropriate, critique/s of professional practice
As a result of attending this course it may be possible for you to:
- Design and displayed an assemblage
- Design and display an installation
- Design and displayed a cross media composition that includes at least two of the following media: painting, drawing, installation, assemblage, sculpture, music, projection, film, sound, spoken word, live or time-based art
- Define the words: practice, discourse, fine art, applied art, modernism, post modernism and alter modernism, and feel confident using them in appropriate contexts
- Define the terms: modernism, post modernism, alter modernism, semiotics, structuralism, post structuralism, post-poststrucuralism, context, text, discourse, practice, fine art…and feel confident using them in appropriate contexts
- Identify and make good use of exhibitions that are appropriate to your own area of discourse
Teaching methods, learning activities
Teaching & learning activities: generally: tutor-lead discussions and practical exercises followed by learner-lead discussions, workshops and personal exploration leading to summative plenary. Field trips to be arranged as and when appropriate
Through a combination of discussions, learner presentations and a variety of set assignments, the tutor will ensure that learners are making progress. Most assessment will be informal, though written feedback will be provided at the end of the course and whenever might be appropriate during the course.
Previous learning required
Everyone is welcome and no previous qualifications are essential, though a genuine interest in the discourses of contemporary art is essential
Essential materials or equipment
Pen, soft pencil, sketch pad/journal, Stanley knife, gaffa tape, masking tape
Where the course may lead
The tutor can provide you with information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers. A Giving Information and Advice county leaflet is available with useful local information. What Next? leaflets are available from your tutor or programme organiser to help you with your choices. If you would like to discuss what options are available or how to obtain guidance, please contact your programme organiser.
The Conspiracy of Art Jean Baudrillard, Semiotext(e) MIT Press, USA, 2005
Ways of Seeing John Berger, Penguin/BBC, London, 1972
The Practice of Everyday Life Michel de Certeau, Uni. Cal Press, 1984
If you need help with paying for fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor or programme organiser for more information. We will treat all requests confidentially and with respect in accordance with our Learner Support Policy (see Services for Learners leaflet).
Help with learning
If you have a disability or learning difficulty, let us know as early as possible so that we can make arrangements to provide you with support. We will treat requests for help confidentially and with respect. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about learning support (see Services for Learners leaflet).
Help with English, Maths or Study Skills
You are also entitled to extra help and support with English, Maths or Study Skills. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about help with English, Maths or Study Skills.
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