This will be a workshop concerning ideas, idea-development and idea-layering.What is an idea? What is the difference between an idea and a concept? How do ideas function within works of art? What are the connections between ideas, technique and form, and how do these overlap with and support each other? How does the idea of a multi-layered, complex artwork differ from that of a conceptual one?I want the group to look first with me at the film ‘La Notte’ by Michelangelo Antonioni. We will analyse the film especially in terms of its idea-structure and layering. I have chosen a piece of cinema for this purpose because of it’s importance as a unique and inspiring area which is different from that of fine art. The layout of cinematography through time facilitates study and dissection. I want to carry out the workshop itself with particular regard to the individual work and aspirations of the participants. Each participant will be expected to investigate and analyse their own idea-worlds, and at the same time challenge and develop them through working on individual pieces or projects. An atmosphere where work and discussion merge into one another will be an ideal setting to learn from each other.The techniques used will depend on the participants themselves. In addition to your favoured art materials we strongly recommend you bring a camera and sketchbook / moleskin.