May 03, 2022 Uncategorized

The Big Picture and Groundwork Essay


Read the Introduction and Chapters 1 + 2 of “Art/Work.”

You are required to purchase a physical copy for the class, but if it doesn’t arrive in time for this assignment, I have provided a PDF copy of the pages needed to complete the assignment by the deadline here. (Links to an external site.)


  • How do you feel about the idea of “professionalizing” your art practice in some way? Most of us got into making art because we enjoyed it and it was satisfying or pleasurable. But we may not have realized how much work goes into being creative “professionally.” It takes time and energy to manage a professional career, whether that’s as a professional artist, a designer, or in a related creative field — is this something you are excited to do? Ambivalent about? Or still trying to figure out how your artwork and your future will work together? Maybe you don’t plan on making art your career, but always want it to to be in your life in some way, and that’s totally fine! (There is no right or wrong answer to this question!)
  • List two things from any of these two chapters that you’d like to talk about more, or stuck out to you in some way. Articulate why. We’ll talk more about this in class, too!


Reading/Discussions will take the form of an online “discussion” in which you will be asked to POST on the assigned reading chapter by a certain deadline, and then COMMENT on at least 2 other classmates’ posts. This will function to let the instructor know that you have absorbed the material, and helps prepare for the short discussion that will take place during the next class. By beginning the discussion outside of class, all students can participate asynchronously — at different times. This format makes sure that each student is able to participate in the discussion at some point, even if they do not speak in class.

How this works:

1. POSTING: Please share a short reading response to the assigned chapter(s) by the due date. I’ll provide some question prompts to get you started. Include any ideas, epiphanies, and especially questions that may have come up for you in this reading. You can write about how this relates to your own way of thinking about art work, or the larger art world in general. What did this text make you think of?

Your post should be approximately 1-2 short paragraphs. (1 pt.)

2. COMMENTING: Once you have posted, you will be able to see others’ posts. You have until the assignment closure date to comment/respond to at least 2 of the posts in some way.

Each comment you add should be 1-2 sentences long, and up to a short paragraph or more, if it moves you. You may comment on more than 2 posts and you can engage in multiple back-and-forth dialogue — there is no limit as long as you comment on 2 posts. Avoid short meaningless responses like “I agree,” and then just restating the person’s post — make sure you add to the conversation in a further way. Use full sentences. Build on what was previously said and add your perspective. Ask each other questions if you want. Feel free to agree or even disagree, respectfully. (1 pt.)