Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Habits of Work: Create > Collaborative Metamorphosis

Goal Concept:
Understand and be able to cultivate creativity strategies and improve time management.

Access Prior Knowledge:

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

Instructional Strategy
  • Identify similarities and differences
Learning Activity

Instructional Strategy
  • Deepen Understanding
Learning Activity

New Information:

Habits of Work - by Prof. Rusty Smith

Self Reliance:
Self-reliance is an active approach in which an individual drives their own learning and working process.  Rather than waiting for directions or blaming others for delays, individuals actively generates possibilities, weighs benefits, and makes choices.
Paul Cézanne, painter.Paul Cézanne, painter.

Organized Persistence:
Beating your head against a brick wall is an example of mindless persistence.  It may take weeks, but eventually organized persistence results in a solution.  It gives us the ability to prevail, even when faced with the most daunting task.

Daily Practice:
Momentum is extremely powerful when you are working on a difficult problem.  Daily practice helps maintain momentum.  For example, when learning a new computer program, practicing for a couple of hours each night is better than working one full day a month.    
Yves Saint Laurent, fashion designer.Yves Saint Laurent, fashion designer.

Appropriate Speed:
Some tasks are best completed quickly, with brisk decision making and decisive action.  Slowing down to reframe a question and weigh alternative solutions is necessary in other cases.  Knowing when to speed up and when to slow down is one mark of a ‘master learner.’

Incremental Excellence:
Most design problems are best developed in a series of stages.  Ideas evolve, skills improve, compositions are distilled.  Rather than trying for the ‘perfect solution’ on the first day, it is better to just start with a draft.

Yoshitomo Nara, artist.Yoshitomo Nara, artist.

Valuing Alternative Viewpoints:
Listening to others, understanding diverse points of view, and considering alternatives expands our capacity to solve a wide variety of problems.  Even when the advice is off base, we can often use the idea as a springboard into a fresh approach.    

Direct Engagement:
Talk is cheap.  Work is hard.  The only way to solve most design problems is to get involved.  You will never win a race when you are standing on the sidelines.  

Learn More:
Studio Sundays (great collection of studios) >

Art References:

Apply Knowledge and Skills:

Create > Collaborative Metamorphosis

Create work that shows progressive metamorphosis and utilizes collaboration.

Print out an image from art history that is 10” tall.  Cut a 1” strip from the left side and keep it as your starting point.  Next cut a 1” strip from the right side and place it in the class bin.  Pick from the bin someone else’s right side strip and use it to create your ending point.  Put a new piece of drawing paper between the two 1” strips and invent the visual connection in between.  Ultimately we will connect all the works into a collaborative banner.  

Trigger Mechanisms: Add, invent, collaborate

Materials: Paper, pencil, marker, photocopies, Google Art Project >

Generalize, Reflect & Publish:
Instructional Strategy
  • Evaluate the results
Learning Activity
Reflect > Should I go back and rework anything?
  • How did you combine art elements (line, color, shape, texture, value)  to develop art principles? (Unity/variety, balance, emphasis contrast, rhythm, proportion/scale, figure/ground relationship)
  • Where are the dominant shapes, forms, colors, or textures that carry expressive significance?
  • Why Is the work ordered and balanced or chaotic and disturbing?
  • What gives the work its uniqueness?
  • Is symbolism used in the work to convey meaning other than what one sees?
  • Does the work evoke any feelings?

Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Recognition
Learning Activity
Publish > Share your album to our G+Community > Concepts & Creations category
Display > Add your photos to the Event

Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Feedback
Learning Activity
Critique >
  • Give positive feedback > +1 every image that deserves it
  • Give peer feedback > Give 2 peer images a VTS critique >
Self-assess >