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[teacherartexchange] What is your artistic process


Date: Fri Jul 25 2008 - 12:46:21 PDT

I sent this email to the yahoo art ed group and haven't gotten much response. Maybe everyone is enjoying the last of summer vacation.

What is your artistic process? I am trying to compile a list of different ways to start a piece of art and was hoping for some suggestions. For example do you work strictly from observation or do you use photos? If you use photos do you take them yourself or use images from magazines? If your work is abstract how do you start? Do you have a preconceived idea on how the abstract painting should look like when finished or is it a complete surprise when finished? Please don't just limit this to painting but drawing, ceramic, fibers or any art medium.

My propose for this is to create a lesson plan on how artist create. How they begin their project. Must students have a hard time coming up with ideas on what to create without looking at a magazine and copying a famous person or an idol of some kind. So I am trying to figure how to address this problem in a lesson.

Plus, what do you do if you are "blocked." You want to create something but just can't come up with an idea to put down on paper, canvas or whatever you chosen medium is.

Thanks for your help and I look forward to the responses.



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