In Focus: Concept development for visual Artists

Get to work, shift your gears, find a focus. A breakthrough course for artists who are stuck in a rut, want to develop the content of their work, or develop seeds for a new body of work. You will learn how to develop your uniqueness and build sustainable creative resources to keep your art practice fresh. Dates 26 - 31 May 2011. To participate on any of the courses please contact: hellovansa@vansa.co.za or 021 465 7895

DATES:
26 - 31 May 2011 (5 days) COST: R650 for non-members – FREE to VANSA paid-up members. 
 
COURSE OUTLINE:
Get to work, shift your gears, find a focus. A breakthrough course for artists who are stuck in a rut, want to develop the content of their work, or develop seeds for a new body of work. You will learn how to develop your uniqueness and build sustainable creative resources to keep your art practice fresh. Engaging in various research methodologies, using the self as source, text as source, as well as visual and primary research in your environment, you will produce a range of experiments, sketches, documentation, and at least one finished artwork. A key factor in this process is the introduction of the Visual Diary as an asset for the gestation of original works.
 
You will be left with a record of your creative process, as well as visual material around a thematic focus. Your Visual Diary will contain concrete plans towards a series of future artworks in the form of notes and drawings. These could be utilised for an exhibition proposal or as a long-term plan towards an art career strategy.
 
Topics covered include how to motivate yourself, playing with your creative identities, and finding success within the market without selling your soul. Performers and writers can also benefit from this workshop, but processes will be focused around visual art. All artists above 18 welcome. The course is limited to 8 people. Please note that a reasonable command of the English language will be needed to successfully complete the course.
 
FACILITATOR: Kai Lossgott
 
Kai Lossgott is a writer, visual artist, filmmaker In his personal practice, contemporary poet and visual artist Kai Lossgott currently focuses on exploring green politics and systems theory through performance, experimental film and visual art like his engravings in plant leaves.
 
German by birth (1980), South African by upbringing, he currently lives and works in Cape Town. Kai Lossgott holds a BJourn from Rhodes University (documentary filmmaking and dance theatre), an Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts from UNISA, and an MA in creative writing from the University of Cape Town, all three cum laude.
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