COMPOSITION & CONSTRUCTION

AS MASTER TOOLS OF CREATION

A Design Course with Christine Dumont and Donna Greenberg

Some works of art please us, some may even make our heart skip a beat while we pass by others with a yawn. Why?

Because of their intelligent and inspired integration of colour, technique, style, form and shape. When an artist pulls together these components, weaving them seamlessly, the piece feels complete. This skill is called Composition. It requires both virtuosity and competence and involves two distinct processes:

  • Component Making is all the decisions and steps required to create the individual components such as technique, color palette, shape, etc.
  • Construction determines the structure of the piece, the dimensions and relative placement of the components and the engineering required to assemble them.

How do you do composition?

  • Do you create a bunch of components first, and assemble later?
  • OR

  • Do you structure your piece first and create your components to fit?

Powerful creative expression results when these two approaches work together, ie. when the components inform the structure and the structure informs the components. This integrated approach requires fluency with both processes and is the sign of an accomplished artist. This course shows you how to integrate these two approaches from the very start of your design concept.

Anchored on essential characteristics of powerful creative expression, this course helps you develop:

  • your observation and appreciation of how accomplished artists use composition as a tool of creative expression,
  • what you consider to be your personal set of essential characteristics, so that you can assert and deepen your artistic voice.

To enable this, the course will:

  • provide a variety of approaches to construction with practical working guides including step-by-step pictures,
  • invite you to explore one of the construction approaches to adapt to your own working style and create a piece of your choice with your favorite component techniques.

Course Description


This 6-week course shows you how to use Composition as a powerful tool of creative expression. The course plan is provided below:

Week 1: (22 Sept. 2018) Essential Characteristics of Composition

During this week you explore essential characteristics of powerful compositions. You deepen your observation and appreciation of how these characteristics are used by accomplished artists as a tool of creative expression.

This week’s assignment invites you to identify your personal set of essential characteristics to assert and deepen your artistic voice with regard to Composition.

Week 2: (29 Sept.) Practical Construction One

This week presents three approaches of constructing a piece with practical working guides including step-by-step pictures. We discuss how each of these various approaches can be exploited for creative expression.

This week's assignment invites you to explore which of the three methods of Construction attracts you the most. Write a few notes identifying how you can adapt this approach to your sense of esthetics and method of working.

Week 3: (6 Oct.) Practical Construction Two

This week presents three additional approaches of constructing a piece with practical working guides including step-by-step pictures. We discuss how each of these various approaches can be exploited for creative expression.

This week's assignment invites you to explore which of the three methods of Construction attracts you the most. Write a few notes identifying how you can adapt this approach to your sense of esthetics and method of working.

Weeks 4 and 5: (13 - 20 Oct.) Studio Time

During these two weeks you make a piece using one of the six construction approaches presented during the course.

Week : (27 Oct.) Group Discussion

This week you post images of your project for group discussion and structured critique. This is open to all participants and facilitated by the instructors.


    New course material and assignments are delivered weekly.

    The group discussions will take place in a private group on Facebook. Most people are familiar with FB and it is recognised as an effective plaform to run online courses. This group is by invitation only to protect participant's privacy. You will be told how to connect when you register.

    This course is not conducted in real-time; this mean you can post work and contribute to the discussion in your own time. You will not have to be at your computer at specified times.

    This course will not take you away from the work you are doing. Instead, it will provide you with strategies meant to explore more deeply your work processes and open new directions for these.

    The course material is provided in English. Many non-speakers of English have taken our Creativity courses in the past using Google translate.


Donna Greenberg has over 40 years practice in the fine and decorative arts and holds a BFA degree From Pratt Institute. She shared her artful insights on painting, polymer and ceramics in the last Voila course on Creativity and enjoys helping students find their inner designer and embrace their passion by gently challenging them to stretch their creative muscles.

Christine Dumont is the creative force behind the original Voila courses that has helped countless polymer artists reach new levels in their art. Christine’s strong analytical mind , coupled with the refined aesthetics she honed in fine art at the University of Toronto helps her create subtle but powerful fine art jewelry in polymer clay. Bringing this Creative Design course to fruition has been a long time goal and the culmination of many years of looking carefully and listening to her students needs.


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  • You will need a Facebook account to take the course. Do not register for the course if you have an objection to having a presence on Facebook.
  • Money back guarantee: If after the first week you feel the course is not for you, we will refund your payment.

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Payment Option 1

Course material plus full interactive involvement in all aspects of the course, its facilitators and the private Facebook sharing page: € 82.00 (approx. USD $ 92.00) Enrollment is limited

Money back guarantee: If after the first week you feel the course is not for you, we will refund your payment.

Payment Option 2

Course Material Only: € 25.00 (approx. USD $ 28.00)
Note: This option is non-refundable

Testimonials

exclam"Oh gosh: I feel like I am going to get to play with the big kids now. Thank you for your very thoughtful words. I am beyond grateful for the time and energy Christine, Donna and all the amazing artists here put into this course. Cannot wait for the next one. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart."

exclamChristine and Donna, you have truly humbled me with your inspiring review. Your critique is so spot on. Having spent the last couple of years focussing on retail work, it takes a huge mental shift to enjoy and focus more on the conceptual aspects. Thank you all for the inspiring insights into you creative worlds and processes. It was a true pleasure to be part of such a great group of creative souls.

exclamI also want to add my voice to the enthusiastic chorus of thank-yous to Donna and Christine. The class, as well as your support, encouragement, and inspiration was fabulous. Looking forward to the next one.

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