10. A Community of Artists


So how do you build a long-term support system?

Ashley Hancock: 9×11, pencil on paper, 2017. In chapter ten it discusses the community of artist and how they all support each other. In my opinion its a lot easier to work with someone than fight against them. In the art work there is competition however in order for artists to be successful and be well liked and known they have to have a mutual respect for each artist and what they create.


6 Replies to “10. A Community of Artists”

  1. This chapter really emphasized how artists should stick together. When I was reading this chapter there was one image that kept popping up in my head, and it was the three musketeers. As I was reading all I thought of was artists holding potluck meetings, sharing their art, in musketeer outfits; banning together and baring against those outside of the art communities. I felt that Ted wanted us to go out and find our own group of artists to converse about our art and get fresh new looks on them. He was also telling us how to get the right balance of components in so that the group would be most beneficial. We are lucky enough to have critics in our class so we can get feed back and learn from our experiences to better our art work. When we’re out of high school need to find a new group of artist to converse with so to keep bettering ourselves.

  2. Jenna – I REALLY liked that idea you had in your head of artists dressed as musketeers. That gave me a good laugh.

    What I got from this chapter was the same concept as Jenna. As artists, we need to be friends with other artists who understand what it takes to create art. A group of biologists will very likely not help you critique your artwork – the best you very well might get might be, “oh that looks nice. How long did that take you?… That long? I did a lab once that took that long”, and then your conversation on art is lost to heated conversation about mitosis.
    On the other hand, if you have a group of artists to meet up with, you can get that feedback that helps your work grow from piece to piece. Once we lose the group that we have in art school (or high school in our case), we have to go out and find a new grouping of artists to meet up with, to share our work, and to get that feedback so our art can grow and develop into better pieces.

  3. This chapter made me think of when we do critiques, but mostly in other classes besides AP. I think in that class we know a little about what we are talking about, but sometimes in other art classes I get the feeling that some talk just to talk. Other artists need to be around other artists for the critiquing to really get its effect. It makes no sense to have a mathematician critique a piece of art for you when you are looking for specific art terms or some stuff like that.
    I also loved how Jenna related the art community to the musketeers. She is pretty dead on when it comes to that imagery because usually artists do stick together.

  4. Jenna i dont understand ur point on the musketeers at all and i would like for you to explain… all i really understand about this chapter is to have other people help you on your works and listen to them to make your artwork better… critiquing really helps, only if you listen though

  5. Ted Orland discusses how people (more or less the artist) come together as a community to help one another. One Artist can stand alone but everyone can stand together. By creating one piece, you can be happy, but you’ll only be truly happy when you have the approval or support of your fellow artists. When you have your own group of people (artists) to either critic or help with you through your ups and downs, then you’ll be about to grow as an individual artist. When I see people drawing and they finish it, they always go out of their way to show someone. Very rarely do I finish a drawing a just put it away never to look at it again. By having that group of people that care about art, and don’t just look at it and say that’s pretty good, they look at for much more then ascetics. Instead they give you feedback and I think as an artist that’s what we look for. This is why we need are own community of artist, to go out of are way to share with people that care.

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