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What is visual thinking?

When I tell people the name of the course, they often look a little puzzled. That’s understandable. While a course with this title could be some sort of critique of media, where you sit around watching TV commercials, and writing essays, my course in Visual Thinking focuses on three elements:

  1. Perception
  2. Culture
  3. Creativity

One of the things we do, is learn about the methods and ideas of contemporary art. We do this by making art. Immediately, some people think, “Oh no, I can’t draw!” That worry is always based in negative messages an individual received about their ability to realistically draw things like animals and landscapes.

I’m not very interested in representation art, and certainly many of the most famous artists of the past 50 years weren’t good at drawing, in the traditional sense. All of the projects in Visual Thinking are designed, and have been extensively field-tested to promote successful, and stress-free, expressive work. By the end of the semester, we have large numbers of projects completed, many of which were made by people who haven’t made art since they were in elementary school.

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