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12 May 2020

Creative Thinking - Online course by Node Center

Creative Thinking: Strategies to Develop and Refine your Project Ideas
Node Center for Curatorial Studies Berlin


Duration: June 4 - Jul 2, 2020 Enroll before: June 1, 2020 Lecturer: Gloria Zein Participation fee: 154 euros


Node Center for Curatorial Studies
Wrangelstr. 5
10997 Berlin

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'Creative Thinking: Strategies to Develop and Refine your Project Ideas'

In support of our community and art professionals during the global outbreak of COVID-19, we are offering a 20% discount on all of our courses. Discount code: #stayathome


Every project we want to make or do starts with an idea, an impulse that is often inspired by a subject or question we are interested in exploring. But how can we make that initial idea the best it can be? This course will expose participants to a number of different strategies for research, development, and refinement of an idea while creating visual tools to track their ideation process.

This 5 week course is for curators, artists, designers, and anyone in the cultural fields wishing to make the creative process of developing concepts more effective and to arrive at ideas that would take their projects to the next level. The course's expanded length of time will allow for participants to get deeper into their creative thinking process.

Following the course, participants will learn a range of creative thinking and research techniques, including practical and unorthodox research methods as well as visual tools to track their creative process. Participants will be able to apply these techniques to any number of project ideas, leading to the creation of each participant's unique method that is suited to their specific practice and the needs of the project.

*Video conferences every Thursday at 7pm CET. Recordings will be available in case you miss a live session!

-Duration: June 4 - Jul 2, 2020
-Enrol before: June 1, 2020
-Lecturer: Gloria Zein
-Participation fee: 154 euros




Session 1: The basics of creative thinking
In-class activities: Steps of creative problem solving
How/where to gather & keep this information
A brief introduction into the theory of creative thinking 

Learning from artists: One thing leads to another

Session 2: How to be a creative sponge
In-class activities: Originality and playfulness
Practical & unorthodox research strategies
Look at examples of artistic & curatorial processes
Filter and archive all that is gathered
Look at types of visual logs

Session 3: Finding the needle in the haystack & organizing the chaos
In-class activity: Make new connections
How to identify & develop your own individual practice
In-class activities: Find hidden threads
Examples of artistic & curatorial processes

Session 4: How can this be better?
In-class activities: Project structure
Critique strategies
Critical thinking & analysis strategies
Taking risks with idea development
In-class activity: Think big!
In-class activity: Obstructions
Examples of artistic & curatorial processes

Session 5: Putting the pieces together
Assess initial results
Group discussion: Bringing big down to earth
In-class activity: Pick one idea to further develop
Choose what to leave out
Know when to keep looping back through the process
Examples of how to refine a project
In-class activity: Presentation
Examples of post-production analysis
Cultivate a creative attitude & atmosphere
How to apply these strategies to a number of different tasks