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developing creativity at the Bauhaus
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It seems to me that this is a hard thing to teach for schools.
You might learn them the techniques to open your mind to new possibilities and options and the steps most creative processes have. But in the end it is such a personal proces that it's hard to really learn it out of a book
They give you suggestions
and it just happens naturally ... whether or not it happens
Maybe that is what born "talent" means...
the mid-century art school from Germany,
had an interesting way to awaken the artist inside their students...
What we learn now in design is based on their teachings I think
Here is a nice book giving a general overview
it is about
the elements and principles of design
the foundations of design...
the 'basic building blocks' in creating a design
Line, shape, texture, colour, value
Balance, repetition, Rhythm, contrast, dominance
You do design 'studies'
It surrounds the idea of "contrasts"
for example, dark light
These awaken different signals in each person...
Some people respond well to value (light, dark)
Some to line
Some to shape
Some respond to texture (tactile ... like fabric and material)
and people are usually a mix of one or few
Itten's preliminary course, Material studies by Vincent Weber, 1920/21, waste metal, tree-bark, roots, plants, and other elements mounted on plywood
I mean the students do very well at a certain category of experiments
and the students should also find them easy
much more than other categories of experiments even
--I believe this determines the person's "character" or style
What this course essentially was made to do was, to help the students decide what specialty they would go into ...
architecture, weaving, glass, mural, and several others...
There are sample pages here
with excellent pictures
*also feel free to correct me if my list on the design elements/principles is not 100% correct
I realise it changes according to instructor
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