What fears could an artist possibly have?

"Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking" by: David Bayles and Ted Orland
“Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking” by: David Bayles and Ted Orland

AP Artists (and everyone else whose interested in great writing) – READ THIS FIRST… THEN ONTO CHAPTER 1

AP Studio Art is a class devoted to making personal art and a lot of art. It is also about dealing with what it is to be an artist in today’s day and age. You, our young artists are creating a dialog about that topic via this blog through the help and guidance of Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland. We are using this blog to help keep the conversations going about what it is to be an artist and how to deal with the challenges of being said artist without using up too much time in class when we need to be making our own art.

It is important to get you ONLINE to participate in class… it is what you will be expected to do outside of high school, so get to it. As the year gets going, we have little time in class to have discussions about the readings, so…, this is where the blog will come into play. The assigned readings will have discussion here, in the blog, and then further discussions can occur during the class periods. The first posted page is Chapter 1, so… at the top of this page (or to the right) are a series of links to the chapter discussions / pages. Select the CHAPTER 1 link and, after you have read the chapter (online) of the book, make your initial comments as well as reactions to others comments there!

This is an educational site there are a few rules of engagement. You will keep ALL comments school appropriate. Any foul language and the comment will not be posted and you will be held responsible for your comments. When you write, you need to use your educated opinion. So long as you justify what you say… all is good. Make your argument for your thoughts if you feel they will be disagreed with. Writing in complete sentences and proper spelling is a must. Granted, even I make a mistake every now and again. Allow yourself the time to write, read, make changes and then post your thoughts. If the word is underlined in red by the computer, it is probably spelled wrong. Fix it!

In order to post responses, you have to set up a WordPress account. Go through the steps you need to in order to have an account. You do not have to create a blog of your own, just an account (username and password). We are going to be using this site ALL YEAR, so make sure you are making the username and passwords something you will remember.

Questions, thoughts, or comments CAN be made to this blog page… so if you have any – go for it. Otherwise… blog on my friends, blog on!



2 Replies to “What fears could an artist possibly have?”

  1. Many thanks to Frank Korb for again choosing Art & Fear as the text for your class! Thanks also for allowing me to look in on this discussion blog and perhaps offer some additional comments about the ideas you’re grappling with in the text. One thing I know to a certainty is that by enrolling in this (excessively rare) studio course, and in having Frank Korb as your teacher, you have an opportunity to take a giant leap forward in your artmaking this year. My advice? Take the leap.
    — Ted Orland

    1. Thank you Ted – I am already impressed with my first student’s comment! I can not wait to read more. Hope all is well in California! I am going to share your work with the kids as we move into the idea of CONCENTRATION! Cheerio!

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