Student As Artist

As we listened to Minju’s collection of feedback she revealed her father’s reaction and interpretation. From his unique perspective, he shared the thoughts of a camera as he enjoyed the large circle placed next to the smaller one. Suddenly we began looking at her work from a different point of view and understanding the many approaches to non-objective art. This suggestion changed the dynamics of our critique and inanimate objects were suggested as a potential focus of Minju’s studies. To make the final exhibition a success exploration of ideas and media is exactly what the DP1 student should be engaged in.

Do you see a camera in this non-objective painting? When does non-representational art become abstract art?

Minju’s final painting didn’t just burst on to her canvas without prior thought. She takes time to develop her ideas and explores the artists shared during class time. One look at her sketchbook and it becomes apparent that the process of mark making and expression of ideas and concepts is much deeper than a simple flick of the brush

On this page Minju presents many “thumbnail” sketches from which she will select the direction for her studio work.

The Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky was explored for his brilliant use of line, shape and colour. Citations, note taking, exploration of technique and colour choices were all absorbed while making decisions that worked towards the final realization of one single acrylic painting. Feedback becomes all important when understanding our own thought process. It helps to gather feedback from as many sources as possible.

Exploration of Colour is important.

Ideas become concrete when documentation is recorded. Colour selection and interaction combined with careful planning, not to mention the creativity, makes for a wonderful adventure in the Diploma Programme. Sit back in a nice cozy armchair and dip into the world of creativity by opening the pages of one of our talented student’s sketchbooks. The results are very relaxing.