1. MIND OF A VISUAL ARTISTS
Let’s try to understand the artist’s mind, which is quite different a normal mind –
- PERCEPTUAL OBSERVATION : Mind of a visual artist has a special ability to perceive objects differently using acute visual awareness, which includes dimensions of space, colour, shade and textures etc., unseen by normal people.
- META-PERCEPTION : Thereafter artistic mind manipulates the above Perceptual Observation with an aesthetic sense, and generates a modified qualitative artistic response, which satisfy most of Principles of Design.
- CREATIVE INTERPRETATION : Then the artistic mind, using Element of Visual Art, improvises and refines the above Meta-perception, which results in a unique creation with personalized style. This improvisation process evolves the artwork from abstract to concrete using navigational and reference points.
2. CREATIVE PROCESS
Creative skills are different from artistic skills –
- INCEPTION : Inspiration or trigger from an idea or from event of life.
- INCUBATION : Acute observation, research, synthesis and imagination on the trigger.
- ILLUMINATION : Ideation and conceptualization.
- ITERATION : Evaluation and improvisation.
- IMPLEMENTATION : Using artistic process.
- IMPROVE : Share, take feedback, learn and improve, PDCA process.
3. ARTISTIC PROCESS
Usually involves replication of the subject –
- DESIGN : Breaking down and arranging the objects into geometric shapes & platonic forms.
- PLAN : Tools, material, methodology and techniques etc. required for execution.
- DRAWING : Sight-size, measurement using pencil, envelope, outer boundary, height, width, angle, triangulation, horizontal / vertical lines, diagonal lines, geometric shapes, relative position, relative size, proportions, negative space, grid, gesture line (CSI) for human anatomy, avoid tunnel vision & smaller details later, major & minor planes, median or sagittal plane (left & right), parasagittal plane, frontal or coronal plane (front & back), transverse or axial plane (upper & lower).
- VALUE / COLOR : Volume, dark zone, light zone, value spectrum with darkest to lightest shades, value gradation, color and texture.
- PROTECT : Dust, humidity, UV rays, temperature, pest, pollution, cleaning, acid, transport, cleaning, fixative and frame.
4. ARTISTIC & CREATIVE SKILLS
Both creative and artistic skills involves both sides of brain –
- RIGHT : Feminine, unites, emotional, fluid, spontaneous, experimental, synthesizes, intuitive, subjective, whole, image, risk, random, doer, feeling, imaginative, believes, fantasy, ida nadi, controls right body.
- LEFT : Masculine, divides, rational, planned, structured, theoretical, analyses, logic, objective, details, language, safety, logical, thinker, facts, propositional, knowing, reality, pingla nadi, controls left body.
5. INNATE VS ATTAINED ARTISTIC ABILITIES
- Some people do have innate abilities, and thus can naturally perform better than others in a particular subject. They have revered interest in the subject, and progressively improve their skills with uninterrupted practice. For more information, Google Neuroplasticity.
- Talent can be also be learnt and developed by those consider untalented. They can also achieve similar result with intense practice. The fact is that people are often more creative than they think. It’s said if you can write, you can draw as well. Everyone can learn to draw and paint, and they do it extremely well. Spending time with an artist can help you unlock your artistic abilities and the required skills. You can learn to draw by drawing, which can be achieved by experimenting with art material of different types.
- DRY : Soft pastels, Graphite pencil, Charcoal pencil, Colored pencil, Crayons and Oil pastels.
- WET : Acrylic, Fabric paints, Watercolor, Oil paints, Colored pencil and Glass colors.
- OTHER : Digital art, Sculpturing, Craftwork and Mixed media.
- Human anatomy.
- Drawing from life.
- Drawing from still life.
- Abstract art.
8. LEARNING METHODOLOGY
An interaction will expand the participant’s “Open Area” (Johari windows), which enhances the participant’s knowledge, skills and experience related with art domain. These interactions will be of following 3 types –
- Tell : An artist can disclose and demonstrate his techniques to the participant
- Shared discovery : Participant and artist can work together to explore participant’s hidden skills
- Ask : Participant can take a feedback about his art work and thereby improve upon
9. BENEFITS OF FINE ARTS
- Visual fine art activities are therapeutic and improves cognitive abilities, focus, concentration, fine motor abilities, imagination, patience, critical and creative thinking etc., which in turn leads to practical benefits such as better decision making, solutions to the problems, organizing capabilities, self confidence, goal Setting and achieving, perfection in work, out of box thinking and joy.
- As per ancient Indian scriptures, the Pineal gland is a grosser form of Agya Chakra, i.e., Third Eye and is responsible for concentration and creativity related to visual art, where creation is involved. Till the age 14 or so, Pineal gland is active and fully functional. As the age advances, the pineal gland gets calcified and passes on control to the pituitary gland, which is responsible for the puberty in the children. That’s why most of the children are born artists, but they start losing their natural artistic ability as the age advances. There are many techniques, which can re-activate the Third Eye, and performing Visual Art is one of the techniques. An act of observation involves the observer, the observed and the observation. When the observer is acutely absorbed on an object, then all three fuse into each other, and pure awareness about the object remains. During this process of acute observation, conscious mind (observer) goes into a state of inertia; and control is passed on to subconscious mind, which is beyond unit, time and space. This is technically known as Samadhi (Absorption) on an object. Creating and viewing art triggers a surge in feel-good chemicals i.e. Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin and Endorphins.
- Great Sage Patanjali, describe the word Samadhi in his scripture Yoga Sutra (chapter Vibhuti Pada, Sutra # from 1 to 4). When mind is fixed on an object or a place is known as Concentration (Dharana). After practice, when the concentration becomes uninterrupted, it is known as meditation (Dhyana). In meditation, when only essence of the object or place remains and also when the Self appears to be absent, that state is known as absorption (Samadhi) on an object or place. Collective practice of concentration (Dharana), meditation (Dhyana) and absorption (Samadhi) is known as Samyama, which is technical name given to the above process.