Constellation summary 

During my first term of uni I attended the constellation group pertaining to the visual, In these sessions I learnt about how to context my work and different movements from popular culture to modernism. In my second term of constellation I took the sessions on Creativity and cognitive development within art and design. This is where we discussed philosophers who studied and created theory’s on cognition, it’s development in different ages and how it is influenced and developed.

Constellation has influenced the way I think about my practice in a few ways. After my lesions in pertaining to the visual I learnt how to add depth to my work by using different contexts, I also learnt that depending on these contexts my target audience would either tie in with specialists or the masses. This planning really altered my projects for the best, my work became more relatable. For example my current project is about recycling plastic bags in ways that the masses or the public can easily relate to and re create. Creativity and cognitive development within art and design has really changed how I see and use my practice. My understanding on how my cognition works and how to further its development has really benefited my work. Being an “arty person” and not really connecting with the important academic subjects made school a little bit challenging. So by learning about theory’s and philosophers that explain how it’s okay and how to enhances my abilities has made me feel more comfortable with where my passions and abilities lie. 

The academic and writing skills have really improved my writing. Before This course I had never written a proper essay in my art and design education. I still have a lot to work on and a lot of time before I have to start my dissertation, but I truly feel like after every essay I write I get much closer. I have a tendency to write how I speak and I’m slowly learning how to sound more professional in my academic writing.  

I enjoyed my cognition lectures a lot more than my pertaining to the visual lecture. I was really inspired by the philosophers and theory’s that reflect children in education, which is why I choose to do my essay on this subject. For example Arnhiem’s and Piagett’s theory about how the sides of the brain are linked with arts and academic, or how there’s a stigma against art in education. I also found Piagetts theory of children philosophers intriguing. I stated seeing thing in a different perspective just because someone doesn’t think the same way as you are they less intelligent? I really want to explore how our education systems affect children’s cognition, whether its stemming their growth or supporting its development. I feel that I have a first hand experience and understand the stigma within in education.  

Learning about the reasoning and choices behind our educational system has really changed my view on how art students and even working artists are and have been treated. I have researched many different educational systems and opinions and research associated with them. I can honestly say if given the opportunity I would carry on with this research and keep supporting a reform of our educational system. Children in mainstream school are not being pushed the their full capacity or full cognitive development. After this term of constellation I feel very strongly that the current curriculum in lower school is wrong and needs to be changed 

It was interesting to hear other students from different practices explain theory’s and relate it to their work. In a lot of cases I haven’t connected or even explored their areas of art and design so I really did find it interesting. For example how an illustrator would link and theory to their work was completely different to me a maker.A good example of this was when we were learning about agency’s and how a product can not happen without participating factors.Such as Ingold’s basket weaving example. The factors that I would use like the material or environment to work in would be completely different for a textile student. It gave me a new perspective and a chance to look at a problem or question through their eyes. 

In the pertaining to the visual lectures there wasn’t very much group work however the content of this lecture was general art knowledge that applied to everyone the same way if used. So working as one large group whilst receiving a lot of information this was a good style of teaching. In the cognitive development lectures there was a lot of small group work, as most theory’s could be interpreted to our individual practice it was interesting to hear other people relate to their practices differently so the small groups benefited us. Both styles suited the information that we were receiving and interpreting but I did prefere comparing and sharing our ideas with a small group before sharing with the whole class.  

Over all I really enjoyed my constellation lectures this year, I’ve never had lectures like them before so it was a completely new experience fore me. I found that key notes were a good way of broadening my knowledge that little further and seeing what other choices are available . However creativity and cognitive development in art and design was the sessions that I found the most beneficial to me. I found the extracts hard to decipher but ones I did I enjoyed learning about the theory’s and how it explains and can help me in my practice.  


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