The Individual Consultation with

Worldwide networking, portfolio review, help with socio-cultural projects, application for residences, programs, and internships, clarify your potential, help with career guidance for teens, working through your personal drama with art.
Online / Offline
100 minutes
35$ / 100$
How is the consultation going on?
Перед консультацией мы созваниваемся, уточняем сферу и вопрос, возможно мы потребуем подготовить определенные материалы.
На консультации вы рассказываете о своем вопросе подробнее, а Вато дает вам советы, направляет и помогает.
Explore each topic from different angles.
После консультации мы высылаем вам озвученные материалы, контакты, связываем с нужными людьми.

Participation requirements:
For the consultation to be most productive, it is worth preparing in advance and answering all our questions.

The consultation will take:
– Minimum 100 minutes but we can linger for a while.
"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?

For people who want to add to life a variety of flavors
– 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.
For artists at the beginning of their journey
– 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.
For entrepreneurs and their own socio-cultural project
– 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.

After consultation you will get

Wato has been doing social and creative projects for 25 years. All over the world.
Art and socio-cultural directions
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.
Psychological direction
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

Enable self expression through visual arts.
Understand yourself and others better. Formulate your own visual language and style.

Refine and develop mechanisms of creativity.
Solve personal challenges in any field using creative tools, techniques and methods.

Work on and overcome personal traumas through creative processes.
Create a safe and creative environment in which to enjoy new activities.

Apply the quality of your own creative perspective to any aspect/challenge of life.
"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.
Consultation cost
Cost for those who have completed the Art as Practice course.
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