Do you have a talent for art that you would like to harness, or are you fascinated by artistic works that you see and want to learn more about them. Whatever the reasons for your interest in this subject, an art evening class will provide you with a broad based introduction to the world of art, its practice and theory.
Courses will take your talent and passion and channel that energy into giving you the education, skills and experience that is required to prepare you for the world of opportunities that exists for creative thinkers and artistic individuals. Students will learn how to generate visual metaphors and critically evaluate their work, whilst at the same time gaining a sense of which discipline they are best suited to. Programmes will show them how to explore their creative side further by developing their drawing ability through a wide range of processes that incorporate observation, memory and imagination. They will be encouraged to push against the constraints and parameters of drawing and to work outside their previous experiences to develop ways of using new mediums. Once they have settled down on a course students will be allowed to work more intensively in areas of their own choice through a series of personal projects, an ideal way for them to create their own individual approach, style and effect.
At art school you will find a stimulating environment primed for ideas and innovation where you can use your creative energy to produce work beyond what you expected.
A key element of the course is to build an understanding of the conceptual frameworks underpinning recent movements in art. The emphasis here is to help students further develop critical analysis of contemporary art practice in relation to their own studio work & visual research. Courses will attempt to link contemporary art and the history of art to modern day studio practice.
Teaching and Learning involves a combination of lectures, seminars, screenings, presentations, group and individual tutorials, with case studies including artists' initiatives and placements.
During their education students are encouraged to visit relevant professional organizations and creative artistic businesses, as well as events, festivals and any exhibitions taking place. The intention is to give them a broad view of the overall industry as well as an idea into the long term planning and development that goes into arts events and organisations. On top of this these visits are an excellent way for future graduates to learn about possible entry-level opportunities in the creative economy.
Tutors and assessment
Course tutors tend to have professional experience in arts management, cultural entrepreneurship and arts and cultural policy. Coursework, essays and written examinations will all be used as means of formal assessment of your work. Towards the end of a course many universities will have exhibitions or major shows where a wide selection of a students work is displayed and where they will have an opportunity to present a finished body of their work.
Typical course modules
On a arts course you will learn about
The different ways in which artists have use colour in their work.
How artists have articulated form and space in this and other cultures.
Subject specific terminology.
Colour, form and representation.
Conveying life and movement in their work.
Contemporary issues in the world of art and design.
How to become more expressive and thoughtful.
Sketching and making models.
Building and maintaining a portfolio of your own work.
Two-dimensional work, three-dimensional work and four-dimensional work.
Setting up individual projects and working on your own initiative.
How to conquer visual and intellectual hurdles.
Sharing work, interacting with other students and participating in critical debates.