Be an Artist

This nanodegree welcomes creative individuals from all genres of fine arts (dance, music, film, visual arts, etc) who want to develop practical habits and ways of thinking as an artist. We will explore hands-on exercises in class and weekly challenges will be assigned.
By Aimee Bobruk - Teacher


Course Description

This nanodegree welcomes creative individuals from all genres of fine arts (dance, music, film, visual arts, etc) who want to develop practical habits and ways of thinking as an artist. We will explore hands-on exercises in class and weekly challenges will be assigned. Themes are: establishing a daily creative practice, becoming flexible as an artist through collaborations (saying “yes”), revising. Students will work with partners during this nanodegree and the fourth week will culminate in a collaborative presentation.

In addition to weekly class meetings supplementary videos will be provided targeting:

* Portfolio Building
* The value of a mentor
* Accountability partnership
* Tricks to beating creative blocks
* Criticism
* Online presence and monetizing your craft.
* Creating to the clock

Objective: The objective is to provide three practical tools that students can equip themselves with when they approach their art making. Specifically, a daily writing routine, collaboration and accountability, and artist date. This nanodegree is cross genre and collaborative. This allows the tools to work in any fine arts genre whether it be dance, music, film or visual arts.

Week 1: Introduction to Be An Artist & Creative Habit

The goal in week one is to create and enact a daily morning writing routine that is achievable (time), measurable (tracking), and results in a more unrestrained personal look at your process and internal “editor”.

  • Preparing your creative space
  • Morning Pages: A daily uncensored writing habit.
  • Schedule a daily timed (15min) goal of sitting and constructively working on your craft no matter how you “feel”.
  • Introduce (Creative Card Deck) + Making your own idea hat
  • Evening Reflection: 1 min assessment of creative time (rank with emoji and 1-3 sentences)

Week 2: Collaboration & Saying “Yes”

The goal in week two is to explore how you can collaborate in your creative field. Practice saying “yes” to experiences that give rise to resistance.

  • What is collaborating?
  • Historical examples of collaborative pairs with quotes
  • Examples of saying “yes” that led to innovation and breaking personal boundaries and expectations.
  • Identify your “yes” & make a symbol to post in house. Write symbol in journal
  • Announce presentation partners
  • Group identify ways of inter and outer collaborations, write in journal

Week 3: Mash Up

The goal in week three is to explore methods of editing, mixing, reshaping, scratching out, reordering, and reorganizing a subject to give way to new creations.

  • Methods of Editing and Mixing it up

Week 4: Project’s Presentation

Use the creative card deck to stimulate one new original collaborative project and present in three minutes. Use all tools discussed as you approach the work. In addition to your collaborative presentation you will highlight your process by talking about it.

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