Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David Bayles
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. All artists have ____________ and when they beat these things, that's when they will become better artists.

2. Artists will often look for __________, which will affirm one's humanity, according to the authors.

3. The authors are clear to make the distinction between ___________ and acceptance, in this part of the book.

4. Caring too much about ______________ allows others to decide whether an artist's work is art at all.

5. Artists will often obsess about getting the right ___________ for their work, though there are limits to these.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why might art be more difficult to create in these times, according to the authors?

2. What do the authors say would happen if only talent matters when it came to art, according to this section?

3. What does quitting require that stopping does not, according to the authors in this section of the book?

4. What happens to young artists who become self conscious about their art and about their work?

5. What do the authors say an artist can not pretend to do, even if they pretend to be an artist?

6. What is one of the main fears that the authors feel artists have about themselves and the validity of their art?

7. What are the four things which matter in art making, though they do not aid in the day to day creation of art?

8. What are two of the main questions an artist might ask themselves after hearing what the authors think of most art?

9. What is the answer the authors would give to an artist who is concerned about why art does not come easily to them?

10. What is the problem with seeking out understanding when it comes to one's art, according to the authors?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The authors are clear about the idea that making art is a difficult process, even if they think anyone can do it.

Part 1: Do you think that creating art should be difficult?

Part 2: How do you think that creating art can be made easier on an artist? Can it?

Part 3: What do you think the value of admitting art to be a difficult process has on an artist?

Essay Topic 2

Many artists have a fear they are not the artists they once thought they were before they put their art into the world.

Part 1: Why do so many artists doubt their abilities?

Part 2: How might an artist start to build up their own self confidence in order to feel positive?

Part 3: Do you think that all artists suffer from self doubt at one time or another?

Essay Topic 3

Making art and viewing art are separated from the beginning of the book, with the two being said to not be related.

Part 1: How does viewing art affect the way that art is made? Does it?

Part 2: Can a person make a true piece of art without viewing art in the beginning?

Part 3: Why do you think viewing art might actually have a negative impact on the artist's work?

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