1. First, read this short passage, written by Oscar Wilde, at the very beginning of The Picture of Dorian Gray,
“The Artist is the Creator of Beautiful Things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. “
2. Now imagine a piece of art that you have seen in a gallery recently that you particularly liked.
3. Now write down one specific quality of the piece that you enjoyed. (E.g. small scale, colour choice, medium etc.)
4. Do the same for a piece you have seen that you disliked.
5. You may now begin to create your piece, using these two contrasting words as starting points. You may choose to make the words themselves the work, or simply use them as inspiration. However the final piece must be identifiable by one or both words.
6. The aim of this work is to see what conflicting emotions can create.
7. You may create the piece in any way you like.
8. Have fun.