Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination towards producing original artifacts. I believe that an appreciation and understanding of art, whether wide-ranging or more niche-centric, is essential for any professional that has a strong focus on creative thinking and application. 

Art was one of the subjects I (eventually) thrived in at school and I very nearly carried it over into my A-Levels, but I ultimately dropped it. My artistic flair and creative thinking definitely continued and was further nurtured in my writing, my filmmaking, my photography and my website building. 

However, I always felt like art as a subject was a loose end I really wanted to get back to, not least because I wanted to teach myself how to paint properly. Then when I decided to make creative producing a concentration in my MTA Portfolio, it seemed only logical include creativity inspiring module on art. 

I was keen to delve into the history of art as I wanted to be able to distinguish between all the different artistic styles and movements. Art History, an online textbook by Boundless, was hugely invaluable in teaching me the history of art from the first cave paintings all the way up to digital art of today. 

I also greatly enjoyed the practical focused MOOCs on LinkedIn Learning, especially the painting ones, but I have yet to put paintbrush to canvas. It’s still on my to-do list and I will get round to it eventually.

12 Courses

Digital Arts

Platform: iversity

Institution: Technoplus Business Semnars

Started: 04/11/2015

Finished: 06/07/2016

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The Art of Photography

Platform: Open2Study

Institution: RMIT University

Started: 05/01/2015

Finished: 03/02/2015

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Drawing Foundations: Fundamentals

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 11/03/2018

Finished: 15/03/2018

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Drawing Foundations: Figure

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 15/03/2018

Finished: 24/03/2018

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Drawing Foundations: Light and Shadow

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 26/03/2018

Finished: 26/03/2018

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Drawing Foundations: Urban Sketching

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 29/03/2018

Finished: 10/04/2018

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Drawing 2-Point Perspective

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 01/04/2018

Finished: 05/04/2018

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Drawing Foundations: Sketching the Landscape

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 10/04/2018

Finished: 18/04/2018

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Painting and Developing a Composition

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 19/04/2018

Finished: 19/04/2018

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Painting Foundations: Acrylic

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 19/04/2018

Finished: 18/05/2018

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Painting Foundations: Light and the Landscape

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 18/05/2018

Finished: 07/06/2018

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Painting Foundations: Creating Palettes for the Landscape

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 11/06/2018

Finished: 25/07/2018

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2 Books

Boundless Art History

Publisher: Lumen Learning

Started: 21/09/2017

Finished: 18/08/2018

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How To Draw

Author: Adrian Hill

Publisher: Macmillan

Published: 1969

Started: 12/02/2014

Finished: 03/03/2014

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The world of mechanism has alienated us from the wild beauty of the world about us. Such is the power of art, however, that it can endow even the trivialities and the mechanisms of our world with a pseudomystical fascination. Supposedly this enables our world to avoid the epithet of being caught in an imitative Classicism or in a faded Romanticism. The result is to challenge any traditional norms of beauty by a reversion to the wild simply through undisciplined turbulence, at times with an elaborate presentation of the trivial, or even with what is referred to as a personal statement.

Thomas Berry, The Great Work: Our Way Into The Future, 1999:54