Being an artist is not just about making the work. Being an artist is about being able to share with others what you do through language and dialogue. In my classes, this is what homework looks like:
Dear Tuesday Night Fearless Abstract Painters,
With only 2 classes remaining, I would like to invite you to do something a little special...
Over the next 2 classes, I would like you to bring in a painting that you feel represents "painting your truth" to be photographed and shared on my blog.
I would also like to invite each participating student to share (in one of two sentences) why the painting you chose represents "painting your truth".
I chose this painting to represent painting my truth because... (insert your explanation here).
I would like everyone to participate, and I would be happy to help you in any way I can. Whether it is helping you decide on a piece or figuring out why you feel a certain painting means painting your truth.
Why I want you to do this:
Trust me, it's extremely important. Being an artist is not just about making the work. Being an artist is about being able to share with others what you do through language and dialogue. I believe this little exercise is the beginning of that.
You can decide to keep yourself totally anonymous, or shout from the rooftops that you are the creator of the piece. You choose.
Finally, (do I even have to mention this?!) you don't have to participate if you don't want to.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.