Artistry in Action 2017 Homework Master List-DG Copy

LONG TERM ASSIGNMENTS


Life Goals Notebook/Life plan back to front-

Download and read the PDF below for this assignment. It will be due in sections.

LifeGoalsExercise

Outline – Assigned Week 1, Due- Weds, April 19
Section 1 Assigned Week 2 Due- Friday April 28
Section 2 Assigned Week 3 Due-  Week 5
Project Due-Assigned Week 5 Week 7


Write your own obituary exercise

Download and read the PDF below for this assignment. Due by email, Friday, April 28th, Also bring a draft to class Monday, May 1

WRITE YOUR OWN OBITUARY EXERCISE


Find a Mentor” Project
Choose an artist that you feel would assist you on your artistic path and make a connection with them. You want to put yourself more in an apprenticeship role, and establish an ongoing relationship.  Keep a weekly log on the process to be assessed in Week 5 and turned in at the end of the term.

Assigned- April 12th
Assessment Due- May 3
Journal Due Week 10


Final Exam/Project- Artist’s Statement

Here is a revised version of the guide to creating an artist statement.  Use this guide to direct yourself through the process.

Artistry in Action -Writing an artist statement

The assignment is using this guide to direct yourself through the process, write and turn in a draft of your own Artist Statement.  It should contain the following components as referred to in the guide:

* Introduction of Self
* Title
* General Concepts
* In-depth points
* Conclusion

Turn in by email by 5:00 PM Monday June 12th.  I will be available during the final exam period for this class on Tuesday, June 13th  between 12:30 & 2:20 to discuss the artists statements with anyone who would like in-person feedback.


WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS -WHAT IS DUE TODAY?

Wednesday April 5th


Friday April 7th

Respond to the following 2 questions to me via email by Friday, April 7th

1. Regarding your connection to your art: Where are you solid? What are you clear about now- about your process, about what you know you want to do, about what you’ve mastered?

2. “What is one big challenge to you doing your art?”  Do you have an Achilles heel? Something you are afraid might hold you back or that you know you have to overcome?  For me it is modal comping in my left hand.  I overheard someone say ‘I’m a jack-of-all-trades, haven’t mastered any of them.”  This is the kind of reflection I’m looking for.


Monday April 10th

Write a 1 paragraph summary of Fixed & Growth Mindset and turn in by email by Monday, April 10th
Keep a log or journal- as is suggested in Steal like an Artist, Not graded. but you can share what you want to – Goal is to write in it every day

Read the blog posts on the blog page of website, Comment at least 1 blog post listed there

Assignment #3 –Make a list of tasks/skills required in your art. These can be intrinsic to the job, but also supportive. ie taking auditions for a classical musician, managing skills for a bandleader. Rate your current level of those skills 1-10. Think about how you might apply the growth mindset to improve your level. Take some notes for in-class discussion Due Monday, April 10


Wednesday April 12th

Mindset Homework- Your assignment for Week 1 is to take a week and notice your thoughts.  Where do fixed mindset thoughts come up?   Keep a log and bring it in for group discussion in class.

Read the 2 posts in “Weekly Reading  “What if I can’t make a living from my art,” & “Art isn’t only”.  Write a comment to 1 of them in the comments section of the post.


Monday, April 17th

Reading  The War of Art Pg 1-57 is due

Prepare your “Elevator Speech”- Describe what is important about your art in 60 seconds or less. Remember to  lead with your mission. (See Making Your Life As A Musician pg 64-68 for examples)  Write it down. 

Following up on last weeks assignments around Mindset Do the following:

1. Looking at Astrid Baumgardner post #2: How to Develop the Growth Mindset: 4 Steps for Music Entrepreneurs To Achieve Success, take one of the fixed mindset thoughts that you noted in your log for last week and apply the four steps she recommends in this process.

2. Looking a list of the tasks and skills required in your art that you did in last week’s homework, take one of the areas where your rating is below what you would like and do some reflection and writing about how the growth mindset might improve your  access to or performance of this skill or task.


Wednesday, April 19th

  • Life Goals Exercise Outline is Due by email or hand in
  • Reading ‘Economies of Life” Chapter 3  (pg 30-51) due
  • Read the handout from Savvy Musician about the entrepreneurial mindset (substitute your discipline anywhere it says “music”

Evaluating Your Skills

Start a  list of your skills based on the following 4 areas:

  • What are your Primary Artistic Skills?
  • What are your Secondary Artistic skills?
  • What are  your Non-artistic skills- artistic, physical, cognitive, specialized and business-oriented?
  • What Unique skills do you have?
  • Assess Your Work Environment Assignmt:  Take an hour to reflect on your work environment for your art.as related to “The War of Art”  Say you were going to sit down as Pressfield describes on page one of the  “War of Art” and do your work, do you have what you need? What is that space? What is in it? What kind of light? What talismans for success?  Make a list of what works in your current environment and what you would like to change. Bring it to class for discussion 

Friday, April 21st

  • Survey the Field Exercise

Assignment: Look up 6-8 individuals who do what you aspire to do.  Start a list that includes their names, brief description of their work and the professional affiliations.  Be as specific as you can to your particular goals- for ex: not just any 6 jazz piano players, but piano players who play jazz & other styles, who also receive grants for composition, who live in New York Area.

– Submit assignment by email by Friday, April 21st


Monday, April 24

  • Reading- “Making Your Life” as an Artist is due
  • Reading  “The War of Art”  Pg 58-101 is due
  • Bring printed version of ‘Survey the Field” exercise  to class for discussion

Wednesday, April 26

  • “What’s Your Number?” Assignment: How to set a price for gigs & projects  Explore the following 3 aspects of setting a price for your work
  • How much do you pay yourself?

  • What is your overhead? (business expenses other than your materials)

  • What is the current market rate for the product or service (s) that you will sell?

Write a paragraph describing these 3 things and bring to class for discussion. Turn in by email after class.


Friday, April 28

  • Life Goals Project- Turn in the 1st Section of the project
  • Write your own obituary exercise is due by email

Monday, May 1

  • Bring “Write your own obituary exercise” for in-class discussion
  •  Cash-Flow Assignment

Figure out your cashflow.  Use the following online calculator to come up with your current monthly cash flow.  Do a second iteration that reflects your estimate for immediately after you graduate.  Print out a copy and be prepared to discuss in class

http://www.investmentyogi.com/planning/how-do-i-calculate-my-personal-cash-flow.aspx

Other Assignments TBA


Wednesday, May 3

What’s your secret””  as a way of relating to community- Due Wednesday, May 3

Think about something you could reveal about yourself to a community in order to establish a basis for relationship or connection.  Think in terms of things that are connected to your humanity outside or peripheral to your art but that affect who you are and maybe how you approach your art.  We will orally share these with the class.

Community Gathering Assignment

Pt. 1. – Research places to find community in your artistic field and start a list.   Turn in by email and bring a copy to class.  Due Monday, May 8

Pt. 2-  Go to a gathering or event of one of these communities. (Note- this doesn’t have to be a community of people who all look like you, or do what you do.  You can be the  only person in your discipline who is there, as long as it feels like a place that might provide community for your artistic endeavors and aspirations. Report back to the class on what happened – Due Wednesday, May 17

Optional Assignment – “Intersections with your Art”

From the various news, articles and ads in the paper, come up with 2-3 intersections with your art.  For each intersection, think of a potential project you could build around it.  Write a few sentences about what the projects might look like. Submit them to me by email.

Things to keep in mind: 1. Approach the assignment from the perspective of asking the question: “How Can i Help?” 2. Think of yourself as a collaborator in the process, look for partners and partnership opportunities. 3. Look for ways to draw from and contribute to the commons, rather than letting economics drive the process.

 


Monday May 8

Community Gathering Assignment

Pt. 1. – Research places to find community in your artistic field and start a list.   Turn in by email and bring a copy to class.  Due Monday, May 8

 


Wednesday, May 10

Monday, May 15


Wednesday, May 17

Community Gathering Assignment

Pt. 2-  Go to a gathering or event of one of these communities. (Note- this doesn’t have to be a community of people who all look like you, or do what you do.  You can be the  only person in your discipline who is there, as long as it feels like a place that might provide community for your artistic endeavors and aspirations. Report back to the class on what happened

Life Goals Notebook/Life plan back to front 

Turn in hard copy or email

 “Take a Risk”-Exercise 

Bring a piece of your art and share it with class  You will have about 15 minutes to in which to present and take questions.  Reflect and be prepared to talk in class about the following questions about your work in relation to community:

Question #1. Can this work provide a model for what your fellow classmates (even those who practice other disciplines or art forms) do?

Question #2. Is there a way this work can initiate dialogue and healing?

Question #3. What are “the Universals” in your art form?

Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, May 17

Monday, May 22

Wednesday, May 24


Monday, May 15


Wednesday, May 17


Monday, May 22


Wednesday, May 24

Assignment’s TBA


Monday, June 12

Final Project- Artist’s Statement: Here is a revised version of the guide to creating an artist statement.  Use this guide to direct yourself through the process.

Artistry in Action –How to write an artist statement

The assignment is using this guide to direct yourself through the process, write and turn in a draft of your own Artist Statement.  It should contain the following components as referred to in the guide:

* Introduction of Self
* Title
* General Concepts
* In-depth points
* Conclusion

Turn in by email by 5:00 PM Monday June 12th.  I will be available during the final exam period for this class on Tuesday, June 13th  between 12:30 & 2:20 to discuss the artists statements with anyone who would like in-person feedback.

 

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