Audio Version of the Chapters is Here.
“Writing is easy: all you have to do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.” – Gene Fowler
LINK TO CHAPTER 1 – Click here to read the chapter. Thank you Ted Orland for 1) the permissions and 2) the file (so much easier!).
“The same can be said for any worthwhile creative experience, just make sure you keep plenty of rags around to wipe up all that blood.” – FKorb
“Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.” – Hippocrates (460-400 B.C.)
When we are faced with a blank paper or canvas or ball of clay we struggle with where to begin. Often it seems as though we are simply doing the same thing over and over and our work becomes stale (although… a body of work should have similarities, shouldn’t it?) You are all making artwork that, sadly, no one much cares whether or not it gets done (we care, but the world at large… not so much). That said, we still find it necessary to make art and live off of the emotion and rewards that it offers us. Talent, however, is not the “gift” that rewards the art maker but rather the hard work that goes into the making of the object(s).
In greater scheme of things talent is not something that can be distinguished between hard work. We all come into this class with the current abilities that we have, and as the AP Readers have proven to me time and time again, the “talent” is inconsequential in how they artwork is “read” and “evaluated” in the end. Hard work and effort are what really carry the artist over the bumps in the road. HARD and DEDICATED work! This means making art all the time, constantly considering the work you are putting into the world and the marks you are making on the paper / canvas / whatever it is you are making.
The chapter poses a few questions right off the bat: How does art get done? Why, often, does it not get done? And what is the nature of the difficulties that stop so many who start?
My addition to these questions is: What is it you hope to gain from being in AP Studio Art… and why?
Read the chapter, answer the above 4 questions (in full and complete sentences) or don’t, and feel free to add any of your own commentary to the response that you might want to add.