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. The line between fantasy and ___________ is thin, according to the authors, causing artists to create impractical and destructive situations.

2. Many things will matter to the creation of art, but they will not aid in the day to day ___________ of art.

3. Many artists are afraid they are ___________, or pretenders of doing art, when it comes to their work.

4. An artist can begin to stop themselves from doing their own work in order to do work which can increase one's _____________.

5. Art making does require a special _____________, but no one knows what this is so the authors say to stop worrying about it.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the authors think is a waste of time to worry about when it comes to art?

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

4. What must an artist do when the original destination of the art evaporates, according to the authors?

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

6. What do the authors recommend students do in order to continue their artistic endeavors?

7. Why do the authors think certain artists quit at particular moments in their creation process?

8. When do artists only care about impressing others, according to the opinions of the authors?

9. What do the authors have to say about the creation of art in relation to the skills needed and and the type of person who can be an artist?

10. While art is generally made alone, according to the authors, what still matters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many artists believe that becoming an art teacher will negatively affect their creativity.

Part 1: Why might being an art teacher begin to stifle the creativity of the teacher?

Part 2: Do you think that being an art teacher can also help an artist?

Part 3: How do you think an artist could retain their creativity and still teach a set curriculum?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

From the start, the authors also note that art is made by ordinary people and not necessarily by extraordinary people.

Part 1: Why do you think the authors believe that ordinary people are able to make art?

Part 2: Do you think that art is generally made by extraordinary people? Why?

Part 3: How do you think ordinary people can make extraordinary things like great masterpieces of art?

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