Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking Test | Final 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 authors point out, however, that an artist can only make progress when they are challenging _____________ with art.

2. An artist needs to have ___________ in order to not get caught up in the negative competition, according to the authors.

3. Art existed long before ____________, according to the authors, but some artists feel that they need these anyways.

4. The tragedy of lost graduate students is widespread, but many __________ ignore it, according to the authors.

5. With ________, perfection is impossible to achieve because it is innovative, according to the authors.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does an artist make progress in their art and in the world, according to the authors in this section?

2. Why do many artists dread the idea of being a faculty member at an art school or in an art program?

3. What is art always bound up in, according to the authors of this book?

4. What is the scary thing about art and about what an artist puts into their work?

5. What must an artist be aware of when their work is considered to be too risky for others, according to the authors?

6. What are two other problems which artists often bring up in relation to art schools and to going to art school?

7. What does a true artist always keep in mind when it comes to creating art and about their efforts?

8. Why do many artists sometimes have bad reputations in the outside world, according to the authors?

9. What does a true artist do with the feedback they receive for their art, according to the authors of the book?

10. What is the problem once a university gets an artist on board at their learning establishment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

From the start, the authors say that making art will involve skills which can be learned. This is a statement that others may not agree with.

Part 1: Do you agree that all art can be taught by simply learning a few skills?

Part 2: How have you learned to do the sorts of art pieces you have done in your own life?

Part 3: Why do you think the authors believe that skills can be learned which can create art?

Essay Topic 2

The question posed of an artist is whether something is worth doing, in their opinion.

Part 1: How can a person determine whether what they are doing is 'worth' anything?

Part 2: Is the question of whether something is worth doing easy to measure and how so?

Part 3: Do you think that anything might be worth doing?

Essay Topic 3

The title of this book includes the words 'fear' and 'perils' which makes the idea of art seem to be more difficult.

Part 1: Do you agree that there is a lot of fear in art-making? Why?

Part 2: Who do you think creates the peril in art? The artist? The audience? Both?

Part 3: If you were an artist picking up this book, would you be inspired by the title? Support your answer.

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