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Idea Generation Processes

Idea Generation Processes

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Simon Foxall, Ilga Leimanis


How do you convert ideas into finished work? Where do you get ideas from? This course will help you to establish the link between ideas and the process of making. It will give you practical investigative methods to start this process. You will work quickly with a focus on starting alternative directions and experimenting with different approaches.

You will visit London institutions and learn how to use your research as a source of inspiration. This may include inspiration from contemporary and ancient sculpture, architecture or photographic documentation as a basis for generating ideas.

Topics covered

  • Practical exercises will include working from your sketches, words, music, and collections.
  • Through individual attention and group dialogue, you will be encouraged to rework, transform and present ideas.
  • You will experiment with different materials and methods.
  • Practice is completed by an introduction to contemporary theories around the influential role of research in contemporary artistic practice.
  • You will explore themes associated with museums, archives and collections.

Who should take this course?

Anyone interested in developing their ability to generate and develop ideas and concepts.

Entry requirements: None

Level: The course is open for students of all levels and abilities.

Read more about this course on the CSM Short Course Blog

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Simon Foxall is a an artist who works across a variety of disciplines including painting, drawing, installation, photography, sound recordings and performance. A former student of Brighton University and the Royal College of Art, Simon has considerable experience as a practical artist with exhibitions all over the UK and in continental Europe. His teaching experience includes University of Brighton, Oxford Brookes University, Slade School of Art, Teeside University, Writtle College and Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in Brazil. Simon has been teaching skill and experimental based short courses for Central St Martins for a number of years and also teaches Modern European Art History at for an American University within their study abroad program based in London

Ilga Leimanis MA is a London-based artist and writer. She is a member of Five Years, an artist-run gallery, and her own practice is collaborative and interdisciplinary. Her teaching experience of 10 years is varied and extensive. She helps prepare students for degree courses and many of her previous students have gained places at their preferred schools. She also works with professionals looking to develop their communication and creativity skills, as well as people taking courses for personal interest.

Ilga delivers workshops for the University of the Arts (UAL) Academic Support department, working across six UAL art and design colleges. She teaches manual drawing skills for architects and engineers working at leading offices in London, including at Foster+Partners, and she also works internationally.

Ilga is author of three chapters in Creative Sketching Workshop, published by Apple Press (UK), North Light Books (North America) and Tan Yang International (Asia).

Take a look ar Ilga's website


Please bring with you to the first session:
  • Sketchbook
  • Selection of pens biro/felt tip
  • Selection of pencils 2B/4B/6B/8B 

Any additional materials you may wish to use will be discussed on the first day of the course

Available dates