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“tell me about your artwork.” is always a great thing to say.
Never say “ I like the elephant sculpture you made” – it might not be an elephant. To them it’s a perfect dog. If an adult sees it as an elephant then it must not be “good”.
Never say “ what’s that ? ” – to them it’s obvious what it is. If you can’t figure it out they will think you don’t like it.
Find something good to say, but never pretend to like something.
They can smell a lie about art every time. Even if the sculpture is broken, or not well made ask things like “ tell me how you made that texture” or “what sort of tools did you use?”
Find Art in everyday experiences.
Point out patterns you see in clouds, or in the shape of a rock. Look for textures and colors everywhere you are. Don’t think of art as just that stuff in museums.
Never make changes, or directly help to make someone else’s artwork.
It’s ok to give advice if asked, but only the artist’s hands should touch the art. If you or I make even a small change or correction it’s no longer their artwork. This is Rule #1
The most important habit for an Artist is drawing and sketching.
It doesn’t matter if the drawings are “good”, what matters is that by constantly drawing the Artist learns to properly see things that others can’t see. Keep paper and pencils in the car, and by their bed. Always ask permission before you look at the drawings, it shows respect for the work. Even if the artist is mostly a poet, drawing and quick sketching is a fast way to capture an idea or feeling.
Eric Haggin “Eric The Sculptor”
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