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How Artists Learn

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From a short presentation on how artists and designers are taught to create and iterate. Designed for newbies, and not necessarily an endorsement. [Images used without permission]

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How Artists Learn

  1. 1. How Artists and Designers Learn to be Creative ( or, Why most modern art is so alienating ) Kevin Hamilton Associate Professor of New Media School of Art and Design, UIUC
  2. 2. Pre-professional arts training is passé ( for upwardly mobile moderns )
  3. 3. Why? Today: because skilled labor is outsource-able Pre-professional arts training is passé ( for upwardly mobile moderns )
  4. 4. Why? Today: because skilled labor is outsource-able Yesterday: because the language of art should be universal Pre-professional arts training is passé ( for upwardly mobile moderns )
  5. 5. Art’s new universals: object-oriented aesthetics
  6. 6. From the figure to the rectangle
  7. 7. From the figure to the rectangle
  8. 8. From the arch & column to the plane & void
  9. 9. From the particular to the universal
  10. 10. Down with the guilds and salons...
  11. 11. talent genius apprenticeship emulation Down with the guilds and salons...
  12. 12. ...on to the laboratory, the workshop!
  13. 13. expression synthesis access research ...on to the laboratory, the workshop!
  14. 14. Origins in pre-WWII Germany and Russia
  15. 15. Origins in pre-WWII Germany and Russia
  16. 16. Exodus to America - Chicago, Cambridge, and Carolina
  17. 17. Modernism in America
  18. 18. $ Modernism in America
  19. 19. RESEARCH APPLICATION Modernism in America
  20. 20. Research: RESEARCH M.F.A. / Ph.D Museums Competitions Journals APPLIED Modernism in America
  21. 21. Research: RESEARCH Applied: M.F.A. / Ph.D Design Firms Museums Commercial Art Galleries Competitions Propaganda Journals APPLIED Technical Innovation Modernism in America
  22. 22. Research: RESEARCH Applied: M.F.A. / Ph.D Design Firms Museums Commercial Art Galleries Competitions Propaganda Journals APPLIED Technical Innovation (Sometimes this distinction is very fuzzy)
  23. 23. Text The scope of universalized knowledge expands
  24. 24. Text The scope of universalized knowledge expands
  25. 25. Text The scope of universalized knowledge expands
  26. 26. Text The scope of universalized knowledge expands
  27. 27. Text The scope of universalized knowledge expands
  28. 28. Text The scope of universalized knowledge expands
  29. 29. Text The scope of universalized knowledge expands
  30. 30. Text The scope of universalized knowledge expands
  31. 31. Text The scope of universalized knowledge expands
  32. 32. The art student’s task
  33. 33. 1. identify the building blocks The art student’s task
  34. 34. 1. identify the building blocks 2. redeploy and reconfigure The art student’s task
  35. 35. 1. identify the building blocks 2. redeploy and reconfigure 3. assess and critique The art student’s task
  36. 36. Caveat
  37. 37. Educational theory vs. actual implementation :
  38. 38. Educational theory vs. actual implementation : • Artists are rarely trained to teach
  39. 39. Educational theory vs. actual implementation : • Artists are rarely trained to teach • Romantic individualism protects the classroom
  40. 40. Educational theory vs. actual implementation : • Artists are rarely trained to teach • Romantic individualism protects the classroom • Research and Application not well differentiated
  41. 41. Educational theory vs. actual implementation : • Artists are rarely trained to teach • Romantic individualism protects the classroom • Research and Application not well differentiated • Analytically-minded are rarely encouraged to pursue art
  42. 42. Educational theory vs. actual implementation : • Artists are rarely trained to teach • Romantic individualism protects the classroom • Research and Application not well differentiated • Analytically-minded are rarely encouraged to pursue art • (Sometimes, this is all just as well)
  43. 43. Examples from Research
  44. 44. [ examples of artists and their processes here ]
  45. 45. References
  46. 46. A non-comprehensive list of entry-level books where you can see what art students learn. http://delicious.com/kham/art_manual
  47. 47. Kevin Hamilton http://www.complexfields.org

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