Week 5 finds all of the painters intently focused in on the creative process.
The notion of artistic or creative process has been the subject of much debate and research as that of the nature of art itself. Some insist that creativity is by nature spontaneous, while others argue that undirected spontaneity is a random mess and that creativity consists of the original use of accomplished technique.
All art consists of a concept embedded in a medium. The concept is what the artist wants to show to the audience. It may be an emotion, information, or (most often) some combination of the two.
Representational art, which alludes to some real phenomenon – that is, something which is identifiable by a majority of people – may be said to have a subject. Abstract art or (non-representational art) may have a subject in the mind of the artist, but if this subject is not readily understandable by most viewers, either from the artwork itself or its title, then any imputation of subject is in the mind of the audience and will vary between individuals.
The creative process can be viewed as the application of an individual’s concept to a medium which they have some skill in manipulating.
For our ambitious artists, the task is to use the acrylic medium to develop some level of skill in shaping that medium to represent simple things, and finally to choose something which can be realized without too many distracting refinements of technique.
As you can see through these images the participants are truly engaged in the creative process!
Stop back next week to see the final installment of their process as they wind up the class in week 6.