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Idea Generation

Idea Generation

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Monika Kita


Join us on our fine art Idea Generation course and learn from artists old and new, exploring a myriad of methods to seek inspiration and visually develop your creative ideas through the process of reflection and making.

Are you ever stuck for an idea, or uncertain as to how to take your fine art practice to the next step? London provides the perfect environment for artists, rich in culture and design. Through off-site visits you will encounter new experiences; by recording them in your sketchbook you will soon discover where your creative passions lie.

Back in the studio you begin to develop your creative ideas through discussion and quick practical exercises, which will form the basis of new compositions and artworks. With guidance from your tutor you will then have the opportunity to progress one of your new ideas into a final piece.

Topics Covered

  • Off-site visits
  • Sketchbook work
  • Mark making
  • Group discussion
  • Dynamic short drawings
  • Selecting an idea
  • Building composition
Course Outcomes
You will come away with a toolkit of methods and processes to help you generate and develop new ideas to inform your artwork in the future. You will have created a sketchbook of visual ideas and produced one finished piece of work, in your chosen medium.

Who Should Attend

Practising artists, fine art graduates or those new to fine art. Whether you are facing a creative block or simply keen to explore new methods of making within your practice.

Course Level
All levels welcome

Tutor Description

Monika Kita is a London based artist and film-maker. Her practice is concerned with the subject of loss, with a strong emphasis on space, time and histories. Her work has been shown internationally, including the Venice Biennale, BBC Shorts Festival, East End Film Festival, Photofusion gallery, Spektrum- Berlin, Space Station Sixty-Five, South London gallery, Lily Agius Gallery, Malta, amongst other places. In recent years she has worked with Huw Whal and Grand Gee on the documentary ‘Action Space’ which premiered at Regent Street Cinema in December 2016. In 2013 she worked on a series of artists’ interviews for AID&ABET and recently on ‘African Dispora Artists in 21st Century’ a video project which was made in collaboration between King’s College London, University of the Arts London and the Institute of International Visual Arts.
For over 10 years she has been artistically collaborating with Rouge28 Theatre company. She is also associate member of LME (London Munich Exchange) a group which engage in artistic discourse and exhibits regularly across Europe. She teaches regularly and contributes to publications including Panoptikum and London Photography Magazine. She graduated from Camberwell College of Arts/Chelsea College of Arts with MA in Fine Art (Distinction). She also holds an MA in Film.


Please bring the following items with you on the first day:

  • A selection of drawing and mark making materials, pencils, pens etc.

  • A sketchbook (A4 or A3)

  • A camera or smart phone

  • A selection of fine art materials, which you currently work with – these will be used towards the end of the course when you complete a final piece of work.

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates