Experiments in the Black Aesthetic - Mini Creativity Incubator
120 min course
Scholars have been studying the presences of the Black Aesthetic in the art and design world for decades. Researcher, designer, and college professor, Sylvia Harris, created a series of design experiments to highlight the presences of the Black Aesthetic in contemporary graphic design. Harris was very inspired by the works of the AfriCOBRA artist collective. This collective was formed in 1968 as part of the Black Arts Movement. In this single-session cohort, we will focus on creating graphic works using the five main elements of AfriCOBRA art: improvisation, distortion, poly-rhythms, exaggeration, and call-and-response. All works created in this cohort are made in service of Black liberation and expression.
Equipment Required: Personal notebook or computer. Participants choose to work digitally (with a computer) or analog (with paper and art supplies). Art supplies will not be provided. If you choose to use a computer, there is no specific software required for this cohort.