Creative Strategies

Academic: The award-winning research project ‘Making the Creative Process Visible’, uses film to identify fundamental patterns and tendencies in the ways in which ideas develop in art practice; generic structures that underpin the generation of artwork regardless of material, style or subject matter. The films make tangible the activity of creative thinking. The project has cultivated an international network of practice across large numbers of students, professional artists, nationalities and breadth of artistic experience. Employed primarily as a teaching resources and contributing to a tool-box of potential strategies, they also create an archive of artistic practice for further research into the activity of creativity.

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The project aims to identify evidence of how children infuse meaning into their imagery, both as individuals and groups. To achieve this, a specific context has been identified that the children can respond to; a shared context that enables identification and construction of a vocabulary of marks and symbols. This research centres on drawings created from a series of workshops with children from Bettws Primary School, Bridgend, as they come to terms with the destruction of their junior block when it burnt to the ground in July this year.
The workshops will take place with children at key stages in artistic development, namely pre-reflexive, schematic and representational, in order to examine thoughts and ideas that are spontaneous and gestural as well as more cognisant articulations of the event and its consequences.
​The remit of the workshops will be to examine how creative play can transport the mind from one reality to another; from the harsh reality of the children’s experience of the fire at Bettws into the more liberated or suggestible world of the drawn image. Allowing us to see incidence of play and at the same time appreciate the child’s wider psychological world. These worlds will be explicitly traversed, as this is where therapeutic properties lie, enabling objectivity, a new perspective from which to view familiar thoughts and feelings. Specifically, children will be facilitated in creative play through drawing as a means to encourage the progression of their ideas.

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