Sunday, 9 January 2011

Managing a Creative Environment and Developing Ideational Fluency

Managing a Creative Environment

An artist’s workplace is an essential influence on any piece of work produced. The workplace surroundings can often provide inspiration and innovation for new and existing ideas.

An artist’s workplace is likely to have an underlying theme or culture in which the artist will feel most comfortable creating pieces of art.  Every culture and theme is formed in the workplace through collecting. Any type of collecting can identify an artist’s passion for a particular subject. This passion and appreciation can often be used as a stimulus to motivate and inspire an artist’s creations.



In this example the artists workspace seems to have one single focus point i.e. the painting he is working on. However as you can see from his photo the artist has gained inspiration from the surrounding wall colours and used similar colour tones within his own painting.



In this example the artist has created his workplace to face directly out of his window in order to gain inspiration from the surrounding greenery. The inspiration and ideas that have stimulated the artist can be seen in his surrounding paintings, most of which contain greenery similar to that outside his window.

My own working place also faces towards a window. However unlike the artist above I gain my inspiration from my surrounding collection of masks that I have collected over the years. The masks that I collect are specifically from two cultures African and Venetian. 



These mask are of a great inspiration to me I find the vibrant colours of the African masks very stimulating. The African culture is famous for its bright colours using mainly reds yellows and greens. The venitian masks although colourful also have the additional aspect of anonymity, which inspires mystery in many of my pieces of work.

A specific example where my work place inspired me, is when I created my own venitian mask using a black mask to emphasis the anonymity and mystry of the venetian style but with a bright glittery green strip, which I believed represented the vibrant colours of Africa.



It is my belief that a workplace must be clean, with very little mess and well lit. I believe that it is essential for creativity to be expressed freely without other factors interfering such as a messy room with no natural light, which can effect a person’s concentration and freedom to be creative.



Developing Ideational Fluency.

The development of ideational fluency can come in several forms specifically Brain storming, mind mapping and classification. Each of these forms will allow a practioner to produce ideas that will relate to a chosen subject or theme. These ideas although diverse and of a large quantity will not necessarily be of a high standard.

The use of brainstorming is a very effective method to develop ideational fluency. The use of brain storming rather than the creation of a simple list of possible ideas will provide a practitioner with a more stimulating process, which should trigger a more spontaneous response.  This spontaneity is cased by the slightly more random style of the mind map, which does not follow a specific order.

An example of a recent brainstorm I used while carrying out my inform and invite project can be seen below. This mind map was used to identify issues relating to childhood obesity.





As you can see in the centre of the mind map I have used a fun, vibrant colourful font to highlight the subject of obesity. I used this font style to try and get into the mindset of a child in order to make sure that the ideas that I generated for my project would be suitable for the target audience.

The use of Mind mapping is also an effective method to develop ideational fluency. The use of mind mapping allows a practitioner to organise his thoughts in a rational way relating one topic to another. This will not trigger a spontaneous response like brainstorming but an organised step by step process.

An example of mind mapping can be seen below. This mind map was created by the Nova organisation and shows how household chores can be broken down into 7 specific tasks, one relating to each day of the week. These tasks once identified are then broken down further to identify whose responsibility the household chore is to complete.





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