Portfolio Prep Step 1

Ok, so you’ve decided on art school.  How to prepare…

*sketch-anything and everything, Try to keep a sketchbook.

*experiment -with lots of different materials, techniques, mixed media, photography, video, 2-D, 3-D, digital art, printmaking, collage…….

*look around-The internet is a fabulous place to use an hour of your time to see new art from all over the world and find tutorials on basic technique-go to galleries, museums, look at street art, public art, graphic art, illustration, painting, performance art, fashion, design, sculpture, video, installations, go to book stores and browse through the art books and art magazines, go to the library and check out the books with images of great art.

*plan to do your best in school-Art schools look at grades. If you have some trouble with academics, get some help***. If you haven’t cared up till now,  and haven’t put in much effort, start trying,   If you do well in school, keep it up.  If you have already graduated but still have some trouble with basic academic skills, work on those reading, writing and math skills. You will need them in art school and in life.

*collaborate with other artists-Propose an art project in your school or community, volunteer to teach art, Make work with a friend or two and help each other.

*if possible, find a mentor-Take art classes, talk with artists, find an art teacher or artist willing to help you work on your weaknesses and encourage you to move forward.

*think-Visual art today is not just about technique. Think about concepts, remain curious, ask questions, keep an open mind.

*feel-Try to tease apart what you or others might be feeling. Pay attention to how your feel. Use that energy to propel your art.

***Tons of artists learn differently.  Many have struggled with learning disabilities. If you feel like that might be you, reach out for help. What may be a hindrance in academia, may be a gift in your creative life. Don’t give up!


ART for and by KIDS

BIG KIDS MAGAZINE!     Go on and click.  Take a little look around.  Cool right?

BIG KIDS Magazine is an arts magazine for and by kids.  The adults involved; creators, parents, adult artists and teachers, make art in true collaboration with kids.  Luca, is the senior editor at BIG KIDS.  Luca is eight.

B-I-G stand for Bravery, Imagination and Generosity.  You’ll find all three qualities within the pages of this magazine.  Maybe YOU will be brave enough and imaginative enough and generous enough to submit some of YOUR work to the BIG KIDS blog or even the next issue.

The illustration above is a collaboration of adult artist, Elena Caravela and seventeen year old Rachel.  Here’s what Rachel has to say about the making the illustration above and about making art in general:

Elena:Do you normally draw, sketch, write poetry on demand, like you had to with this assignment?

Rachel:No, I usually don’t.  Often when I try to think too much about it, it doesn’t happen.

Elena:But weren’t you always the kid with the crayon.

Rachel:Oh yeah:) A crayon, book or some kind of invention.  I also liked to peel the paper off the crayon:)

Elena:What form do your drawings usual take?

Rachel:I have an eclectic drawing style. Depends on my mood. Sometimes it’s comics. I’m constantly switching mediums.

Elena:Do you have anything to share about the making of this illustration?

Rachel:I did A LOT of paintings, but they just weren’t working. I got frustrated and finally just dashed one off, and that worked.

Elena: That really backs up what you said about “thinking too much” getting in your way.


Elena:Rachel, do you have any thoughts about creativity?

Rachel: People won’t always like your ideas, but they don’t necessarily KNOW.  You have to do what you like.

If you would like to know more about BIG KIDS Magazine, click on the link at the top.  To see more of Rachel’s paintings, and a little more  behind the scenes at the magazine, click this link to Elenacaravela’s blog.

Here is a reblogged interview with Luca, the kid senior editor at BIG KIDS:

Elena: What do you like to do when youʼve got nothing else you have to do?

Luca: Play with my little sister, play video games, read The Phantom Tollbooth, invent lego and duplo characters and games and stories.

Elena: What is your favorite subject in school?

Luca: Free drawing

Elena: Do other kids know that you are an editor of a magazine?

Luca: Yes, they respect me a lot

Elena: What do you do as an editor?

Luca: Well, make decisions about what goes in the magazine

Elena: Whatʼs your favorite part?

Luca: Being in charge of making decisions

Elena: If you had a magic power, (maybe you already have one) what would you do with it?

Luca: Shift shaping – means you can take the shape of any object, like I could take the shape of a million dollars, I could change into a flower, or massive bumble bee, I would re build the Guilford hotel and save people and stuff like that.