Developing Your Creativity Course
An inspiring 5-week course every Tuesday 15 Aug-12 Sept 2017
This course on Creativity is for everyone who is interested in the process of creative thinking. Whether you enjoy drawing, writing, painting, designing or illustrating, the classes will enable you to cultivate your creative energy by engaging with a diversity of references to the arts, culture and wider societal developments.
During the 5 week course you will:
- develop a creative notebook to explore your ideas further and to turn them into proper projects
- learn about Creativity through theories on creative thinking and through the practice of contemporary artists
- get inspired by the books brought to each class, full of ideas and examples (you will be encouraged to read more as books open your eyes and mind!)
- engage in critical discussions and visualisation exercises to explore various concepts and perspectives
- feel motivated to dedicate more time to immerse yourself in your creative projects
- be encouraged to visit exhibitions and other cultural events with the group
- and collaborate with an international group of like-minded people (high chance of new friendships!) with whom you can easily stay in touch through the Visual Agency Community on Facebook - a closed group for all previous participants to continue sharing ideas.
Interested in joining this creative journey? Find out more about the course below:
What: 5 classes, each 3 hours long
When: Weeks 33-37
CLASS 1 | Tuesday 15 Aug 18:00-21:00 | CREATIVITY & AESTHETICS
CLASS 2 | Tuesday 22 Aug 18:00-21:00 | CREATIVITY & SPACE
CLASS 3 | Tuesday 29 Aug 18:00-21:00 | CREATIVITY & IDENTITY
CLASS 4 | Tuesday 5 Sept 18:00-21:00 | CREATIVITY & TECHNOLOGY
CLASS 5 | Wednesday 13 Sept 18:00-21:00 | CREATIVITY & POLITICS
Where: We work at the new Innovation Hub at the University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen
Søndre Campus Innovation Hub
Building 4A, first floor, room 13 (see campus map for the right entry)
2300 Copenhagen S
By metro: Take the metro to Islands Brygge Station. From the station you have a 1-minute walk to the campus area.
By bus: Bus number 12 (from Vesterport Station and the town hall square) and number 33 (from the town hall square).
Price and sign up: DKK 1500 through Billetto (excl DKK 56.49 fee and card fee, both non-refundable in case of event cancellation). If you pay with MobilePay or bank transfer there are no additional fees so you get a full refund in case the event is cancelled (email me for further details: email@example.com). More about refunds in the FAQ's.
Language: the course will be taught in English.
(deadline for sign up has passed)
CLASS 1 | CREATIVITY & AESTHETICS
Is creativity about making beautiful things? In this first class, we will discuss what creativity is and who judges creative work. We will consider the role of feedback, evaluation and critical reflection within the creative process. The framework for this discussion is modern art in the first half of the 20th century, in particular how the question of 'is it art?' shook up the field of painting. Through various exercises, you will try to define the field to which you contribute with your insights, and learn how to get started with the creative notebook. Finally, we will set the dates for several exhibition trips!
CLASS 2 | CREATIVITY & SPACE
How do we create spaces where creativity can thrive? The second class focuses on an investigation of the places where creative thinking takes place. We will relate it to the shift from two dimensional to spatial art - from Cubism to Minimalism - as well as to the field of architecture and urban space. You will reflect on the spatial environment of your own creative practice, and decide how to dedicate time to your creative process.
CLASS 3 | CREATIVITY & IDENTITY
How can a creative identity be developed while remaining authentic? We will explore how creativity relates to personality, identity and positive psychology. The framework useful for this discussion is performance art as it developed in the 1970s, for example through feminist art, but also explorations of the self through photography. By undertaking various activities, you will consider how your own personality matches your passion and aspiration for creativity, and how to achieve a state of flow.
CLASS 4 | CREATIVITY & TECHNOLOGY
Is there creativity beyond (dreams of) the next great app? The discussion in this class will look at new technologies versus low tech approaches - data versus narratives - in regards to creative thinking. The context which we will refer to is the post-medium condition in contemporary art, and new artistic forms that emerged with the internet, video art and virtual reality. We will also relate to the larger picture of creative responsibility: sustainability, progress, resilience and human existence. You will consider your own attitude to new and old technologies and reflect on what you'd like your creative contribution to future culture to be. In this and the next class, you will have the opportunity to present your work to the group.
CLASS 5 | CREATIVITY & POLITICS
Do politics kill creativity? This class will deal with the question why to be creative - what can it achieve in a political context? How does creativity relate to provocation, participation and engagement? We will explore what it means to gain agency (rather than merely acting out the status quo) through the framework of protest art as it gained traction in the 21st century. You will learn about previous politically motivated art movements and propaganda, and reflect on the political and ethical considerations of your own practice. This will also be a chance to try 'visual debating'!
The course consists of 5 classes centered around the three core aspects of creativity: imagination, knowledge and attitude. These form the structure of each class:
1| IMAGINATION The creative notebook is at the core of this course. This is where your ideas are developed and where you reflect on your creative journey by taking notes, making sketches, sticking in images and planning your projects. You are encouraged to work on your notebook in between the classes and to bring it with you for discussion and feedback. At the end of the course, there will be an opportunity to present your work to the class.
2| KNOWLEDGE The seminars cover a diversity of topics, such as space, politics and aesthetics. The topics relate to contemporary art and theory, with references to wider cultural and societal developments. The seminars provide inspiration for your creative practice and a context in which to understand and develop your ideas. You will receive reading suggestions to stimulate lateral thinking and gain a deeper understanding of the covered material.
3| ATTITUDE The workshops enable you to bring your knowledge and passion together through group discussions, critical questions and applying ideas to your own creative journey. We will use participatory visualisation methods to stimulate out-of-the-box thinking. The social time during the breaks enable you to grow a community of like-minded people. This dedicated time for sharing ideas is crucial, as it opens up the possibility for new opportunities and collaboration. You will also be encouraged to organise group trips to exhibitions, films and talks in order to fully engage in the arts and culture scene in Copenhagen.
The best feedback I get from previous participants comes much later in the form of personal messages such as "Happy birthday Agnieszka! Thanks for giving me my creative mojo back!" or hearing that people stay in touch and meet again to visit exhibitions. Occasionally, I ask for written feedback:
I highly recommend this course if you want to challenge your perceptions of creativity. The course enables you to think creatively about ideas and most importantly how to move from the idea phase to solution phase. Expect to put in some hours every week. The results you will get out from it the end is really rewarding.
This course was very good for me, to develop my creativity, to a more conscious and authentic form of expression.
If you wish to hear more insider information about the course or to ask previous participants a question, join the Visual Agency Community group!
Agnieszka Mlicka has a BFA Fine Art degree from the University of Oxford and an MA Painting degree from the University of the Arts London. She has undertaken 6 years of PhD research in art and architecture at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Agnieszka has a Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning (awarded with distinction), and gained teaching experience at four different universities in London and Florence.
Is this course similar to the workshops?
This course is much more intensive and ambitious than the workhops, because it will challenge your ideas and stimulate you to think critically about your own creativity. I will share a wealth of knowledge with you, based on my research and expertise in the field of contemporary art. Thus, this course offers a university level learning process, while using collaborative visualisation methods which are accessible and engaging.
Is this an 'artistic' course only for artists?
No, this course is open to all who aspire to be more creative in their free time, or to bring in more creativity into their work. The references to contemporary art and culture serve to understand the role of Creativity in society. Thus, we will not study individual art works or artists, but the larger ideas and tendencies that developed through the arts and subsequently shaped the culture of a society. The arts are provided as a framework through which we will explore the notion of creativity, in order to understand the bigger picture of progress and paradigm shifts.
Are we going to make art or is it an art history class?
The course brings together making, learning and thinking. Rather than creating art works, you will develop a creative notebook which helps you to design the creative process for a diversity of projects - it can be an artwork but equally a new approach to gardening. The theoretical part is merged with visual exercises to engage you in interesting and currently relevant questions - so no, it's not about dry facts and dates! it's about getting inspired, curious and motivated!
What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring a notebook, ideally of a size bigger than A5 with blanco pages. I will provide more information about choosing the right notebook during the first class.
Can I get a refund if I change my mind?
Refunds are not offered unless the event has been cancelled by Visual Agency. Please note that if you have paid through Billetto, you will be refunded the ticket price of DKK 1500, but not the additional Billetto fee of DKK 56.49 and not the bank card fee. You receive the refund within 5 working days through the Billetto system. If you have paid Visual Agency directly through Mobilepay or bank transfer, you will get a full refund of DKK 1500 within 1 day of cancellation notice.
If you have any further questions that have not been covered here, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org