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How to Be A Creative Learner – 1/5

A monthly zoom talk with Andrea Norrington for studying photography in general. This is session 1 of a planed 5 part series.


  • Keep up the momentum by scheduling work and sticking to it, and have a plan b for when you can’t complete the scheduled work. (i.e for weather etc).
  • Write your plan down as way of showing commitment.
  • Side Projects are a great way to keep creativity flowing. They can be as simple or as complex as you like. Try to be regular with them, daily or weekly for example. Or longer term projects where you can allow for the time for them to build.
  • Reflection needs to happen throughout the learning process, not just at the end. It should make up part of your regular work schedule.
  • Use Learning Log to record your reflections. Either as a journal or as a dialogue with your work.
  • Regular reflective blog entries keep momentum going.
  • Sometimes, taking two bits of ‘wrong’ information can create brand new ideas.

Doing the work

Photography can be harder to carry out due to the variables, location, weather, lighting, models etc.


  • How
  • When
  • Where
  • What
  • What if
  • Create a simple plan written down to create some commitment and allow for thinking. Include Kit list.
  • This could be as vague as ‘I’m going out tomorrow to take photos and see what happens’ or it could be ‘I’m going to take photos of this at this time with this person’ it’s the commitment of the work. Might not even be to photograph, it might be a reccy of a location or light.

Side Project

  • Have a structure / rules to engage without too much thought
  • A photo a day
  • A view out of the window
  • Taken during Daily exercise
  • Self Portrait – at regular intervals
  • Share good ideas
  • Idea – Self Portraits. Selfie / Photo with whoever I’m spending my birthday with.
  • Idea – Close Eyes and Draw a picture.
  • Idea – ‘Notes to Joe’ – Post it notes between husband and wife.
  • ‘The person walked’ 15 mins to rewrite the sentence – a daily exercise that gets creativity flowing and gets you in the mood. Set a timer.


  • Reflection should happen throughout the couse
  • Really is part of the planning process to
  • Don’t view as something just done at the end
  • Reflective practice is more than evaluation
  • undertaken effectively it can really move your work forward, both practical and written,
  • Invest in your practice
  • spending time on reflection may feel like taking away from practical
  • investing time reflecting in practice will ay divendanece
  • work will be more focused and structured as a result
  • regular reflective writing builds up and you find it much easier to write evaluations.
  • Build reflective practice part of your work schedule.
  • By making it part of producing work it doesn’t become onerous.
  • You may take in more than stud stuff other work projects, family other interests
  • if this happens just edit out what’s not relevant.

Learning log

  • Use LL to record reflections
  • Some students use this as a journal
  • Others think in terms of a dialogue with their work,
  • alternatively work on paper and then decide what you wish to include in your blog. You can photograph it and upload it rather than type it all out.
  • Write a weekly journal entry of what you’ve done that week, or relating to the course, photography, art etc, with a photo you’ve taken on your phone – keeps momentum Only a few sentences. Reflect and plan – what achieved this week, what planned for next week. Any things you’ve attended or seen or learnt.

What to do with all this information

  • Start to making connection. Sometimes take 2 bits of information and create a third piece of information.
  • Put wrong information together to create right information / new ideas.

Follow Up

Reflective Writing – Feb 2020 padlet – do the Free writing exercise

Learning Logs Nov 2019 padlet

All the notes from tonight on the padlet from tomorrow

Interesting resources

Austin Leon – Practice / Suck Less


Susan Meiselas, Eyes Open

Eyes Open: 23 Photography Ideas for Curious Kids

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