FDAD Online course

FDAD alumni (live online) – developing creative and professional practice with Melanie Rose and Tiffany Robinson

Ref: SCW11087

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About this course

Progress your art practice through critical discussion to explore and define your focus; through personal accountability to overcome self-limiting beliefs; and through research and experimentation to develop ideas and processes.

Delivered in a live session via Zoom on the dates shown.

Course Description

The structure of the course covers three areas: critique, personal resilience and professional practice. 

Firstly, the critical discussion and feedback will support you to develop greater knowledge and understanding of your process and ideas. From this you will set achievable goals, experiment with material responses to your work, and explore new possibilities in your practice. 

Secondly, you will identify any personal blocks to your creativity and learn how to overcome them. When you know your brakes and accelerators you can drive your practice with greater confidence and save time.

Thirdly, throughout the course you will be supported to develop a language to describe your work, culminating in a summary artist statement.

By the end of the course you will have gained knowledge and understanding of the direction of your work, and how to describe it to a specific audience. You will have a series of creative responses to refer to in future, and increased resilience and motivation in your practice.

Preparation – have the following:

1. Your research and development work, plus finished piece/s if you have them. Have to hand what is relevant to you to explore at this time.

2. Any writing you have about the work if it’s completed, or questions if it is in development. If you have an artist statement bring it too, if not a paragraph from your FDAD essay that defines your intention in your work will be fine.

DAILY TIMETABLE for taught days, 8 April and 9 April
09.00 – 09.15 All students to join via Zoom
09.15 – 10.45 Introductions, health and safety, teaching and demonstrations, Q+A followed by independent study with tutor support
10.45 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 12.45 Teaching, Q+A followed by independent study, with tutor support
12.45 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Teaching, Q+A, independent study with tutor support
15.30 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 17.00 Plenary and next steps

Course Materials

What you need

Please read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. Be ready to start at 9am on the day with your computer set up and ready as detailed in the guidance notes emailed to you with your booking confirmation.

To enable you to share your work effectively during the course, we recommend that you either
1. Use your smartphone, ipad/tablet or a digital camera to take images of your work during the course, to download these to your computer’s desktop, so that you can easily use the Share screen option in Zoom, to show your work when necessary.
2. Alternatively, join the course via the Zoom link from a secondary device to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (e.g. a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet, though please ensure the sound is turned off on this device to avoid sound interference).

A2 paper
Preferred drawing media
Colours – pens, pencils, highlighters

Your preferred materials you use to experiment, explore and develop your ideas.


Melanie Rose

Melanie Rose is a visual artist. She graduated from Trent Polytechnic with a BA Honours degree in Fine Art in 1987, then Central Saint Martins with MA in Fine Art in 2002. Melanie is a member of the practice-led research group Land2, has exhibited extensively, and has work in both public and private collections.

Tiffany Robinson

FDAD Programme Coordinator

Tiffany Robinson studied interactive media for her MA (2005) making art films and immersive sci-art installations on perception and nanoscale. She is currently a tutor, mentor (The Art of Enquiry) and walking artist making intuitive drawings using natural and digital media. Her work deals with a post-modern estrangement from nature towards a being more than human through alignment with nature.

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