As we begin the Choice 1 Project, we are going to pause and consider what shapes artists and creativity. You have been given the option of four different projects. The first 3 are based on someone else's culture and the fourth is totally up to you. At this point you are going to make a lot of decisions. Not only will you pick a design option, but you will choose how to represent yourself in the work, where to begin, what to include, how to put images down on the paper, colors and techniques to use, how to fix things you don't like, when to stop, etc. Some of you will make an instant decision simple based on which one looks best to you. Others will struggle to make a decision while having an internal debate about which project will allow you to be the most successful. Most of you will experience some fear of failure. All of these thoughts and emotions are common to the creative process.
Watch the video found on ted. com, Julie Burstein: 4 Lessons in Creativity, by clicking on the link below. "Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living — and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss. Hear insights from filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz." There are four things she says creative people must embrace.
"The first embrace is something that we think,"Oh, this is very easy," but it's actually getting harder,and that's paying attention to the world around us."
"Artists also speak about how some of their most powerful workcomes out of the parts of life that are most difficult."
"Artists also speak about how pushing up againstthe limits of what they can do, sometimes pushinginto what they can't do, helps them focuson finding their own voice."
"There's a fourth embrace, and it's the hardest. It's the embrace of loss, the oldest and most constant of human experiences. In order to create, we have to stand in that space between what we see in the world and what we hope for, looking squarely at rejection, at heartbreak, at war, at death."
To end her talk she speaks talks about a broken bowl and how the repair makes the bowl even more beautiful and interesting. "This bowl is more beautiful now, having been broken,than it was when it was first made,and we can look at those cracks, becausethey tell the story that we all live,of the cycle of creation and destruction,of control and letting go, of picking up the piecesand making something new."
Pause a moment and reflect on what you just heard.
Open the link below and download the Thinking and Planning Guide. Read and answer the questions. Once you have finished this sheet, upload it to Schoology. Go to the Weebly page and begin working on your preliminary sketches. You may also work on your Gap Project.