Artspeak Events Notes
This week I was invited to do an artspeak event, give a talk at a senior community in my town. It was sponsored by their art league. They have a very active art community there. I have taught a few lessons for them from time to time. Each month, they bring in a professional artist to give talks. I have heard that most of the artists talk about their careers and history as an artist.
I’m not much of a public speaker, truth to tell. I have done a million painting demos for groups and countless workshops, but talking about my career is not something I enjoy. I suppose that it wouldn’t seem interesting to anyone but me. Instead, I like to use topics that might be helpful to them in their own world of art. Artspeak can be boring or useful, depending on the artist and what they have to share.
Here is my advice on artspeak events:
Be prepared, well in advance. Have notes that are two to three sentences in each paragraph with white space between, like blogging. This makes it easy to remember and to keep eye contact.
Make the talk useful. Give the group something to ponder for their own work and or art community and relationships.
Bring visual aides of some kind, hand outs, paintings to share,power point,etc.
Make the talk interactive, with question and answer sessions, anecdotal stories or comments that might be amusing.
Get out into the audience toward the end of the talk and interact with them.
Leave your ego at home and relate to your audience in a direct way so they have something of their own.
Don’t overstay your welcome. Keep your artspeak to the time limit requested.
If you are nervous, be open about it and warm up to the talk and them.
My artspeak was about giving kind critiques, which I posted some of the notes from on Monday’s blog. My talk part was fairly brief. Most of my time was spent actually giving kind critiques to the artists who volunteered to bring paintings to the talk. I had arranged that with the host in advance. I moved out into the audience and sat with them to give the critiques, looking at paintings held up for us by the host. it was very interactive and I enjoyed it. Questions were called out and I answered them. Great fun. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.
More musings for artists and collectors to come……
Jane’s Hearty New England Goulash
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium green pepper, cleaned and diced
1 8 ounce package medium or wide egg noodles
1 8 ounce package Velveeta Cheese, cubed
1 can tomato soup
In a large skillet brown ground beef, onion and green pepper. Drain and return to skillet. Add cubed cheese and soup. Simmer until cheese is melted. Cook egg noodles as directed on the packaging in a large pot or Dutch oven. Drain noodles and return to pot. Slowly and carefully combine the simmered ingredients with the pot of noodles. Cover and let stand at least 10 minutes before serving.