Wicked Arts Assignments

Practising Creativity in Contemporary Arts Education
I had two assignments featured in this publication along with a third in an appendix titled "Too Wicked to Handle."

Wicked Arts Assignments are bold, unusual, contrary, funny, poetical, inspiring, socially committed, or otherwise challenging. Everyone who teaches the arts knows them: assignments that are seemingly simple but challenge participants, students and pupils to the max. Many artists and arts teachers have that singular, personal, often-used assignment in which everything comes together: their artistic vision, their pedagogical approach, and their love for certain techniques or methods.

Take Something and Make It Worse
“Take Something and Make It Worse,” from Wicked Arts Assignments

The almost one hundred arts assignments collected here connect to the visual arts, performance, theatre, music and design, but more importantly: they encourage cross-disciplinarity. They reflect themes and ways of working in contemporary arts, offering opportunities to learn about ourselves, the arts and the world.

Apologize Monumentally
“Apologize Monumentally,” from Wicked Arts Assignments

The first part of this book provides a theoretical view on arts assignments from historical, artistic, and educational perspectives, complemented by interviews with experts in contemporary arts and education. The second part consists of the actual wicked arts assignments. These can be carried out in various contexts: from primary schools to higher education, from home to the (online) community, and from Bogotá to Istanbul. They are intended to spark the imagination of both teachers and students, contributing to new, topical educational and artistic practices.

Take a Detour Around Your Art-Making Habits
“Take a Detour Around Your Art-Making Habits,” from Wicked Arts Assignments‘s “Too Wicked to Handle” appendix

Editors: Emiel Heijnen, Melissa Bremmer
Co-editor: Sanne Kersten
Contributors: Pavèl van Houten, Jorge Lucero, Nina Paim, Erik Schrooten, Stephanie Springgay, and many many others
Design: Laura Pappa

Valiz, 2020 | in cooperation with Amsterdam University of the Arts | paperback | 304 pp. | 22 x 15 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-94-92095-75-6 | € 19,90

A walkthrough of Wicked Arts Assignments
My workshop titled “Take Something and Make It Worse” from the Wicked Arts Assignments symposium, November 27, 2020