The Visual Mind &
The Imagination

Online Course performed at National Art School

COURSE OVERVIEW

Have you ever wanted to explore your own creative potential? 

If you have ever had a burning desire to grow your imagination or set an intention to imagine something different for your art, then this course is a stellar place to start.

Have you developed technical skills but wish you could cement your ideas to match them? Perhaps it’s time to learn to use your visual mind to access, strengthen and grow your unique possibilities? 
The Visual Mind and the Imagination is a live, lecturer-led, six-week online course where you are invited to explore concepts and build-out your own ideas via your chosen medium across any visual art practice including painting or sculpture, digital art, creative writing, or even app development.

Kelly-Ann Denton leads you through the neuroscience of imagination, the visual mind, visual mapping, metaphor, visualisations, meditation, psychology, curiosity and actually learning to see new connections, preparing you for a personal and transformative journey into your own imagination. Each week she presents new skills that either generate imaginative processes or remove blocks, extending an invitation to explore and expand in unique and personal ways. Students are encouraged to share ideas and support individual growth and the diverse concepts the group will contribute to a whole.

The course is suitable for those with an existing artistic practice as well as those just starting out in their artistic life. It is open to all who are looking for an adventure of the creative mind and anyone who wants to enhance their ability to picture concepts or just use the imagination in new ways to transform ideas, whatever the medium.

Frequently asked questions

COURSE DELIVERY

Kelly-Ann’s online studio course is taught with Zoom and takes advantage of the full range of tools that this program offers. She is present in the online studio for the whole session and she responds directly to student questions in live critiques and discussions. We are also using Padlet in this course, Padlet is a web application that allows users to post information and images on a digital wall.

If you are unfamiliar with the Zoom program, some tutorial assistance is available prior to the commencement of the first session to ensure you can join in with ease and get to know the online learning environment. You will be guided in Padlet usage by your Lecturer and you can get additional tutorial help from NAS.

Class sizes are limited to a maximum of twelve students and the sessions are not recorded.

STUDENT HOME-STUDIO REQUIREMENTS

A computer, laptop or iPad with good quality wifi connection.
The computer screen positioned in a stable place in front of you, at a distance that allows you to see screen images clearly, and to be heard through the inbuilt or external speakers and microphone.
A quiet, private space without interruptions is also important.

ART MATERIALS

A large, flat table with enough room for laying out up to an A3 size paper and any materials you wish to create with e.g. pencils, pens, paint, markers, digital tablet etc.
A Visual Diary to draw out your ideas, this can be digital or physical. The lecturer will show you diary options in the first class, so it is not necessary for the first week.

What our students think about the outcomes of the course.

Great course with fabulous energy. I will definitely be taking everything I've learnt with me. Thank you Kelly-Ann
A key takeaway from the course for each participant was the development of a well thought out mind map for each individual’s chosen project and clear a directive on how to implement the plan and achieve a creative outcome.
Thank you Kelly-Ann, one of the most imaginative and exciting courses I have taken. Highly recommend your unique education style and content.
Utilising this framework and the visual mapping tools provided I have been able to develop meaningful goals/ objective ("the end game") and achieve those objectives using creative visualisation/ mapping tools that allow me to "deep dive" into the objective and have an outcome that exceeds my original goal.