Run in 2016, Genesis was subscribed to by more than 40 participants. The material developed for the course is accessible here. The forum discussions are excluded to protect the privacy of the participants.
Genesis: The Innovator's Dilemma: A course for
With Christine Dumont and Donna Greenberg
In the eye of the storm
To be a polymer [clay] artist today is to
be part of a turbulent and evolving creative journey. Permanently
logged in to social networks, our computer screens pull in images from
over the Planet. Everyday, we see new artists, new perspectives, new
pushing the medium's boundaries.
This creative energy can be motivating as
it urges us to look deeper into ourselves for new ideas. But good ideas
are hard to come by. Often students and fellow artists say they want to
embrace the challenge, but feel dispirited, lacking confidence in the
strength of their ideas and their ability to be original.
Dragging us down is the fear of copying
others' work. No matter how good we are at generating new ideas, the
truth is that we may be influenced, consciously or not, by what we see. As
a result we incur the risk of being accused of copying. Therefore,
creative self-reliance and confidence have become even more critical
than in the past.
objective of this course is to help you find the eye of the storm, a place where you can get in touch with your ideas, and systematically and effectively grow them into an original body or work.
If you feel that:
would like to be more creative more often,
lack confidence in your ideas,
ideas lack originality,
indiscriminately reliant on the ideas of others,
then this course will help you:
create the conditions
for creativity and innovation; you will learn strategies to help you
generate ideas often and in quantity,
develop confidence in the power of your ideas,
select, shape and mature your technique and design ideas,
learn from the work of others without stealing, plagiarising or copying.