They are extremely unique, thought-provoking, and accessible for both experienced artists and beginners. The materials needed are minimal and Bantock's instructions are both easy to follow and open to interpretation. I especially appreciated the introduction that Bantock has written for each of the exercises that explain his inspiration for the exercise and how he has used it in his own pursuit of creativity. I received this book through a goodreads giveaway and appreciated it as an enjoyable diversion from my usual choices of fiction novels.
Reading this book has inspired me to set aside time each week to work through the exercises, and also to share these activities with the high school students I teach English language arts.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to discover and develop their creative talents. Jan 20, Alyssa rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-i-own. I received this book from a goodreads giveaway. I didn't think I'd like this as much as I did. I expected generic suggestions. What was delivered was far from that. My favorite was number It's very relaxed and there are even a few funnies in there.
I like that everything in each exercise is so fluent and informative.
The purpose behind every suggested task is clea I received this book from a goodreads giveaway. The purpose behind every suggested task is clear.
I especially like how it tells about how long how something will take. For people pressed on time, they'll be able to select one that is appropriate for their time constraint and it will still be something effective.
This book is not exclusive to a specific art form, which I also thought it might be. These things can help with anything that requires you to be creative. Additionally, I like that it has exercises that go deeper than physically doing something artistic. It helps with blocks. I would definitely recommend this book to others; none of the exercises were subpar or a let down.
Mar 10, Stephanie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: artists, writers, scrapbookers, people in a rut. I liked this.
There are a lot of exercises 49 ranging from small drawings to collages to writing prompts. Some of the suggestions are strange, but if you're looking for creativity, strange is the way to go. Just take the little voice inside you that says 'this is stupid' or 'this is a waste of time' and lock it away. The exercises are fun, challenging, and unusual. I found the book to be particularly useful on those low-energy days when I find it hard to get started with any of the creative pr I liked this. I found the book to be particularly useful on those low-energy days when I find it hard to get started with any of the creative projects I have in progress.
I tried an exercise or two to get things moving, and my projects became easier. The only reason it gets four stars instead of five is that some of the exercises, in particular the collages, are difficult to do on the spur of the moment; they require certain materials that you may not have on hand, like old postage stamps and the like. But if you like your creativity mixed with forward planning, or if you work with a group, these could be a lot of fun.
Dec 30, Felonious rated it it was amazing.
Two minutes into the book and I knew it was a book I wanted to own. It's full of activities to help you loosen your brain and to help you quiet that inner voice we all have that judges the things we create. At the beginning of each activity is a list of supplies needed several activities just require pencil and paper , and instructions, many have a time limit ranging anywhere from minutes to days. I have done a few of the activities and I am looking forward to doing more.
I highly recommend this book to everyone creative or not.
Jan 21, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. An interesting journey through 49 exercises that are directed at exploring and perhaps uncovering the creativity within us. Some of the exercises in the beginning are great for relaxing my mind before I resumed focus on the work at hand.
Some of the other exercises explored my creativity in writing limericks, getting started with casual writing, creatin An interesting journey through 49 exercises that are directed at exploring and perhaps uncovering the creativity within us. Some of the other exercises explored my creativity in writing limericks, getting started with casual writing, creating collages and drawing. No special art equipment is called for, but regular materials we generally have around us, such as pens, paper, magazines, gluesticks and paint are used.
And the best thing about this book I've definitely discovered some creativity outlets I look forward to exploring in greater detail. Mar 17, Debra Komar rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-time-favourites. Loved this book. I had never heard of Nick Bantock my loss entirely but am so glad I found this book. Excellent for those of us who are hopelessly analytical and academic - I tried a number of the exercises outlined and it opened up the other largely unused side of my brain.
I love his visuals -stunning stuff. And as an aside -I won this as a Goodreads giveaway and want to give a shout out to that system. I threw my name into the hat, hoping to win and got lucky. Having never read Nick Bantoc Loved this book. Having never read Nick Bantock before, it was all a wonderful surprise. As soon as I was done, I went on line and ordered three other Bantock books and will look for others, so the freebee was money well invested by the publisher. View 1 comment.
Mar 10, Thebruce rated it it was amazing Shelves: first-reads , books-i-gots , crafty-things , art-stuffs. Bantock gives 49 guided exercises which include materials lists, instructions, and the rationale behind each idea. Most also offer hints on how to approach the exercise, which allows the reader to delve a little bit deeper into their unconscious, creative mind. The character of the trickster is kind of like your own personal Jiminy Cricket, adding a little to each task and encouraging the artist to ignore his inner critic. I especially liked the fact that the exercises included are not exclusively for visual artists or writers, but offer a little bit of inspiration for artists of all media.
An imaginative, colourful approach to opening up creativity in anyone. Mar 09, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: goodreads-first-reviewers. A delightful little treatise on creativity from the collage art master!
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This little volume gives us even more window into his creative process The Artful DOdger was a great look at Bantock's oeuvre and is intended as a sort of "instruction manual" to prime the pump of creativity for others. Its a bit tongue in cheek of course, and by no me A delightful little treatise on creativity from the collage art master! Its a bit tongue in cheek of course, and by no means a straight "How to Draw Highly recommended!
I received this book as part of the GoodReads First Reads giveaway program - thank you! Jan 05, Monique rated it really liked it. I won a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. This book as 49 activities to help you find your creative spark. I was thoroughly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and how insightful and inspiring it is. I especially liked and appreciated how clear and precise each activity is. It allows the reader a clear understanding of what to expect from the activity and how much time they will need to invest.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get in touch wi I won a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get in touch with their creative side. Aug 23, Karl rated it it was amazing.
Very fun read and full of creativity exercises. One of the best gifts I've ever received and would love to do some of the exercises with the giver. Keeps you on your toes, practicing multiple forms of art on one project from paint to drawing to collage. Highly recommend for the artist getting back on touch with their creative side or for people wanting to change their creative habits.