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AP405

by Hannah Smith

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Name: Hannah Smith
ID Number: 18371893
Module AP405: Subject Leadership and Creative
Teaching
Year: 2021
Lecturer: Dr. Michael Flannery
School: Arts Education and Movement
Project theme: Microcosmic
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Critical prologue
The theme I chose was microcosmic. I was initially drawn to this word as I immediately associated it with space and galaxies, which is something that I find very interesting. I then began to research and brainstorm the words to deepen my understanding. According to Oxford Dictionary, this means ‘a thing, a place or a group that has all the features and qualities of something much larger’ or ‘human beings, humanity, society, or the like, viewed as an epitome or miniature of the world or universe’ (1989). I found this very interesting as it made me think about how minute we are, compared to the grand scheme of things. Which ultimately made me think back my initial idea of galaxies and outer space, and just how tiny we are in comparison. We are all living within our own little worlds that we have created for ourselves through what we believe and see and everybody’s world is different. Ultimately, we are the artists of out own microcosms. I also felt by exploring this broad theme I would have an opportunity to explore different techniques and skills within my own artistic style. For my last year of my specialist course, I wanted to take risks and be daring as an artist. In order to take risks, I must learn to place process over product (Briskman,1980), as I would when teaching in schools. In order to engage in the creative process and work on my weaker creative habits of mind I must be open to the idea of taking risks, which I believe would be an interesting journey within the theme of microcosmic. 
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My Inspiration
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Georgia O'Keeffe - Music, Pink and Blue No.2
I love the colours in this piece and how they compliment one another. These colours remind me of the colours within our galaxy and therefore related to microcosmic for me.
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My Inspiration
 Étienne Léopold Trouvelot - The Great Comet 1881
Beautiful piece of work that makes one think. What is out there beyond our own little worlds? Seeing something like a comet or a shooting star makes one realise how truly small we are compared to whats out there in the great unknown
WASSILY KANDINSKY - Composition VI
This piece inspired me as I believe a lot of Kandinsky's work is down to personal interpretation, much like how we interpret our own worlds. I also love the colour scheme here and the use of oil pastels.
Ideation
Ideation
Submission 1: Preliminary sketches - creative process
I used watercolour pencils for the green on the countries. starting with a darker green on the outside, gradually getting lighter towards the middle and putting a small bit of white in the middle to create depth. I love how watercolour flows and blends. The use of watercolour here was inspired by Georgia O'Keffee.
Submission 1: Preliminary sketches - creative process
I went in with a lighter to burn around the edges. This was also part of my risk taking and challenging myself to try things that are a bit out of my control. The idea of controlling the fire is also representative of my theme and how we must try to control our worlds and what we interpret our worlds to be. I love the rustic look of the burnt edges, which symbolizes no one's world or life is perfect, we're all a bit rough around the edges.
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