Question: “DO I NEED TO HAVE A THEME?”

Answer: Aaargh!  NO! This is one of the most common questions that visual arts students ask and is also one that many DP art teachers get wrong. The simple answer is NO – there is absolutely no need for students to have a theme and when they do have a theme students sometimes fail because their approach to their theme is too restricted and blinkered. In effect the theme prevents them from doing very well. The more complicated answer is still no, but ...

Is it a Plane? Is it a Bird? No! It’s a CLICHÉ (Part 2)

Hi Greg, I agree – there is usually nothing intrinsically or necessarily wrong with a clichéd image. When first seen it was (obviously) not the overfamiliar thing is has since become. A good example of “it ain't what you do it's the way that you do it!” is Yue Minjun’s reworking of various western cliché images – for example the well-known pose (cliché) of Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch, in which Yue Minjun uses a version of his own face and ...