A Colourful Journey
Using colours as the starting point, students are encouraged to develop an artistic sense and discover the colours of daily life, in turn exploring the possibility to transform images through the use of colours, spaces and objects. The goal of this course is to consolidate students' basic photography skills and let them enjoy the creative process. They are encouraged to freely apply the skills they have learned and explore the themes that truly interest them to ensure artistic freedom. The experience will also change their preconceptions about photography as merely learning how to operate a camera or pressing a button on their mobile phones. The course aims to inspire students to experience life as art and help them develop a more relaxed attitude while creating art.
What Is It?
Imagine there is a picture: a horizontal line appears at the bottom; you draw a square above the line, and a triangle on top of the square; and then you add a circle at the top right corner of the picture – this used to be the course tutor's idea of a sun and a house when he was small. Using a bit of imagination, the simple, abstract geometric shapes were transformed into something else.
The first part of the course targets at strengthening students' analytical skills and abstract thinking. They are guided through a deconstruction process of daily life objects, analysing their functions, symbols, shapes, materials and colours so as to deconstruct students' preconceived ideas about things. In the course of “dissecting” a thing, students are able to develop a more vivid imagination by making careful observations and understanding more about the object. During photography practices, students also learn to look at things differently through various compositions, angles, etc.
The second part of the course is about the comprehension strategy of self-questioning. Apart from understanding the physical qualities of things, students are guided through the thought process about the relationship between a thing and its location, its connection with a certain student and others. In this part, students study the same object from brand new perspectives such as its functions, its relations to other things or the shift of meanings according to different situations.
In the last part, students work on their own photo series under the guidance of the course tutor as a way to express their imaginations, eventually learning more about themselves and their surroundings.