an online intensive drawing course
Art as Practice

Find your style by learning how to design a project and immersing yourself in an authentic artistic process for 10 days
December 4-14, 2020
5 classes
26$ / 92$
15 participants
What happens during the course?
In practice, we see that every person is an artist, and that drawing is training for his creative muscles.

We learn to work with our inner fears and with making sure that they don't interfere.
We draw a lot and use materials the participants enjoy. We develop our observation and sensitivity.

We explore each topic from different angles, we plunge into ourselves, and we create our own vocabulary of symbols.
We learn to transform our ideas into sketches, creating a collection of personal symbols.

We learn to select interesting art finds and, finally, create a single series of work.
Participation requirements:
The desire and ability to draw a lot.

The course will take:
– Minimum 2 hours per day.
– The recommended time is 3-4 hours per day.
"I am infinitely grateful to the organizers of this course. I think it might even be difficult for you to imagine the degree of this gratitude. When for 30 years you've been saying "I can't draw" and suddenly in 5 days you stop being ashamed of your drawings," – Ekaterina Kovalenko, course participant.

Who is the course for?

Who haven't drawn since childhood
– Who want to feel a surge of energy and to discover new sides of their personality through creative reflection.
– Who want to remember the forgotten feeling of joy from creativity and to start drawing again.
Novice artists
– Who want to find their own, unique style and their own language.
– Who want to learn how to select an idea, develop it, and make it into a complete meaningful project.
Professionals from other fields
– Who want to immerse themselves in a new process, shift their attention, and relieve stress through creating art objects.
– Who want to exercise their creative muscles, which will help them in any work.
"I really liked the sincere feeling of 'giftedness' that Wato gave to all the participants. There was an interest in each work, a careful analysis of details, participation. It was very comfortable to be made to feel like a colleague, not a layman", – Ekaterina Kovalenko, course participant.

Course theses

Participants use these and other concepts during their work on their creative project
Being Honest
Every child draws. Later on, society creates a perspective that leads most people to utter the same sentence: I don't know how to draw. This way of positioning the issue creates a prison, a barrier, implying that there is some expectation you need to meet, but are unable to. This is nonsense. When we speak about drawing as practice, we mean that it is a process of navigating by various modes of thinking, far beyond the intellect. Be honest, without thinking about any knowledge of how to draw or paint or express. There is no game, mental or otherwise. It is the truest growth opportunity.
Material as Content
An awareness of the 'genetics' of the medium you use for your practice is as important as the practice itself, because material has a specific energy that will manifest itself. Having joy with your material is paramount, but in doing so, you must be aware of its past, its physical components, and of how these contribute to your work. Being aware of this lets you turn your material into content: it becomes another narrative layer.
Temperament of the Material
If the temperament of the material doesn't match yours, you might be headed for disappointment. Choose wisely. Each type of paint behaves differently, binds to different substances, interacts differently with the medium on which it is applied. Understanding how the material behaves in practice informs your working process: it may tell you when to leave one work and move on to another, for instance. Listening to the material and to what it needs from you in terms of time, patience, etc., can help direct you and open new doors.
Dealing with Risks of Mannerism
You have seen a lot of art and so, unconsciously, you have fallen into a way of doing things that is recognized by you as 'art.' This, however, is not necessarily your own language, sensibility or perception. The idea of Art as Practice is that you find yourself. Clean yourself of all influences and arrive at a very basic, style-less expression that is all your own.
"I am especially grateful to the organizers for having managed to create a safe space where I could open up, stop thinking about 'how it should be' and make my project the way I really wanted to," – Sofya Pokidko, course participant.

After this course you will know how to

Produce creative projects from start to finish -- develop a project concept with a completed statement.
Understand yourself and others better. Formulate your own visual language and style.
Solve personal challenges in any field using creative tools, techniques and methods.
Create a safe and creative environment in which to enjoy new activities.
"The course turned out to be magical, motivating and useful for me personally. I didn't expect it to have such an effect. Immediately, with ease, you are charged with a desire to draw, you want to have time for everything, ignore less important things! It was difficult at first to submit all of the works for analysis, and not just the best ones in your opinion, but in the end, this was what helped us to feel at ease," – Lyudmila Korotkova, course participant.
The course is taught by Wato Tsereteli
Wato Tsereteli is a photographer, curator and creative manager. He studied film in Tbilisi and received a master's degree from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

For 21 years now, Wato has been working with artists and cultural entrepreneurs, helping each find their own way in art and guiding them in realizing their creative vision.

In 2000, Wato Tsereteli, together with a group of artists and researchers, created the Media Art Farm (MAF), the first platform in Georgia for the education, research and development of contemporary art. The Institute of Photography and New Media then became part of the Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts, as the first ever department of photography.

In 2009, Wato Tsereteli was an Assistant Professor of Media Arts at the Tbilisi Academy of Arts and simultaneously founded the Center of Contemporary Art - Tbilisi, an international educational and cultural platform with a 9-month informal Master's program in Creative Mediation. The program was developed by Wato based on Joseph Boyes' understanding of social sculpture; in it, students develop projects for social innovation, taking their artistic thinking from the studio out to social reality. The program was a participant in international educational exhibitions and symposia such as: the Frieze Projects Simpozium, London 2017; Exhibition and workshops, Taiwan 2018; Korean Research Fellow 10X10, Korea 2018; Art and design education, Shanghai 2019, etc.

Wato oversees international art exhibitions at the Tbilisi History Museum, Tbilisi National Gallery, IFA Gallery Berlin, Claipedos Center for Culture and Communication Lithuania, CCA-Tbilisi, and others.

In 2012, Wato Tsereteli became the founder, co-curator and artistic director of the Tbilisi Triennial of Art and Social Innovations.

Wato is also an artist, author, editor and publisher.

Selected Publications:
Re-museum, interview with Charles Esher, Peter Noever, Carl Pruscha 2012;
Tbilisi — Archive of Transition, Niggly 2018;
— Inventory and Processes: perspectives for development CCA-Tbilisi, 2018.

Read more about Wato's projects on his site.
"I think this course is ideal for people who want to try something new, start doing something with their hands, because it helps you to feel out your sincere intentions. The course will help novice artists to get out of "stagnant water" and embark on vigorous purposeful movement," – Masho Sikhvarulidze, course participant.

"For me, the main value of the course was the algorithm: from the search for an idea to its implementation. While feedback is being given to one student, others will always learn something of value. I listened to all the feedback and wrote it down as if it was directed at me. During the short time of the course, you become one organism with each of the participants. And then you are free to continue your communication," – Asel Rakhimbekova, course participant.
Online course program
There is a WhatsApp support chat active throughout the course, where you can ask questions or share insights and inspiration
December 04, Friday, 13.00-15.00 (tbilisi time)
December 04, Friday, 13.00-15.00 (tbilisi time)
Main lecture
– Techniques and methods of developing a creative project,
– 12-step idea-development guide,
– Creating a stream of artistic thinking and action.
December 07, Monday, 13.00-15.00 (tbilisi time)
December 07, Monday, 13.00-15.00 (tbilisi time)
Idea selection
– Selecting the most sincere ideas,
– Choosing a direction for the development of the project,
– Looking for suitable tools and materials.
December 9, Wednesday, 13.00-15.00 (tbilisi time)
December 9, Wednesday, 13.00-15.00 (tbilisi time)
Работа над проектом вширь
– Choosing the clearest ways of speaking,
– Working with your inner artist on solving creative problems,
– Limiting your methods of creating a project.
December 11, Friday, 13.00-15.00 (tbilisi time)
December 11, Friday, 13.00-15.00 (tbilisi time)
Working on a project in depth
– Working out the clearest way to express the idea,
– Coordinating the project's various parts,
– Fine-tuning techniques for achieving your goal.
December 14, Monday, 13.00-15.00 (tbilisi time)
December 14, Monday, 13.00-15.00 (tbilisi time)
Individual benchmarks
– Presentation of your art project,
– Reimagining your creative path,
– Individual guidelines for your development, taking into account your temperament and interests.
"The main and most important thing is the first meeting, because it provides you with all the levers you need for your work, helps you not to get lost in thoughts, to choose a reference point for inspiration and, most importantly, to start moving," – Tatiana Feldman, course participant.
Course cost
The course helps to direct your attention to new aspects of life and creativity. The number of participants is limited:
15 per session.
Main theoretical intensive workshop,
1 meeting.

You will receive a Creative Project Guide with 12 key tenets.
I want!
Complete practical drawing course,
5 meetings.

You will develop your own full-fledged art project under the direction of Wato Tsereteli.
Thank you for your interest in the course. Course start is scheduled for November 27, 2020.
Once your payment is processed, you become a participant.
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