Week 3 - Sept. 28

What is Original and Authentic?

Idea 2

Welcome to Week 3! In Module 2, "What is Art?; Shape and Line" we learned about "Topic Posts" and "Critique Posts" in the forum space, and the different expectations for each type of post. You answered your question of choice and responded to a peer. The questions generated a lot of interesting discussions. Take a moment to note how your perspective may have changed based on the course materials and your classmate's arguments. If your perspectives have widened and become more nuanced, you are thinking critically! 

University is designed to do many things, not the least of which is to open your mind to new ideas and new ways of thinking. Keeping a flexible, open and critical mind is the greatest gift you can give yourself during your university career and beyond.


E2 was an exploration of line through clean line, variation in line, contour and shape. How did your work turn out? Were you being thoughtful of symmetry, balance, dominance, harmony, or negative space? Are you actively thinking about the formal concerns of your work when you plan your compositions? Did you give the drawing the time and effort it deserved? Did your expectations meet your outcome? If not, what went wrong? Take a moment to note the strengths and weaknesses of your work. Note where you want to grow. 

Module 3 is called "What is Original and Authentic." Often, those new to art are emotionally invested in the stories history tells us of the mystical "artist-god" who harnesses an unbelievable gift of a creative spark that is out of this world. Sometimes, a fixation on this "magic" can distract from the really interesting work of art as a process -- that is to say, the magic that happens in the collision between the artist, the art, the viewer and the world. What opportunities might open up for us as artists and viewers if we let go of the idea of originality and authenticity? Is there something lost? These are questions we will now explore. 

Home Office

Module 3 Tasks

  1. Read: "Everything You Know About Art is Wrong" by Matt Brown

  2. Watch: Teller's "Tim's Vermeer" (2013) Film clip

  3. Read: "Vermeer was an authentic artistic genius – even if he did cheat" by Simon Jenkins

  4. Watch: Guy Trefler “Not Mine” Caption: “This is my graduate project in Graphic Design at the HIT college in Israel. My thesis is that nothing is original, therefore, none of the materials presented in the project were made by me. All of the 469 photos used in this video were taken out of Google's image bank.”

  5. Do: Module 3 Forum Post

  6. Read: Exercise #3 (E3) *Don't start, just read*

  7. Watch: Demo

  8. Do: Exercise #3 (E3) *Now you can start*

  9. Do: Work on MA #1

  10. Do: fill out poll



Office C1402B

Candace Couse

Assistant Professor

School of Creative Arts

University of the Fraser Valley

Optional Additional Resources

Read: "The Myth of Originality in Contemporary Art" by David Hare, Art Journal, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Winter, 1964-1965), pp. 139-142.

Watch: The Art of Photography "The Camera Obscura"