Artistry in Action 2017 Homework Master List-Updated 5/12/17

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  Due- Wednesday May 24th


Write your own obituary exercise

Download and read the PDF below for this assignment. Due by email, Friday, April 29th, 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 –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.


WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS -WHAT IS DUE TODAY?

Wednesday April 5th

Read the  weekly blog posts found at the link below by next class.  Respond to one of them in the comment section of the blog page.  Due Wednesday, April 5

https://artistryinaction.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/artistry-in-action-2017-class-1-the-weeks-blog-posts-articles/

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

  • Read the following 2 blog posts about Mindset.  Write a one paragraph summary of the Fixed & Growth Mindset – Due Monday, April 10

Basic information about mindsets

http://astridbaumgardner.com/blog/entry/the-growth-mindset-how-arts-entrepreneurs-can-create-success.html

4 steps to achieve the growth mindset

  • 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. How can you apply the growth mindset to improve?  – Due Monday, April 10

Wednesday April 12th

  • Read the following 2 blog posts about Mindset

Basic information about mindsets

http://astridbaumgardner.com/blog/entry/the-growth-mindset-how-arts-entrepreneurs-can-create-success.html

4 steps to achieve the growth mindset

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- NEW DUE DATE Monday, April 17

 


Monday, April 17th

Reading: The War of Art Pg 1-40 is due

Reading:  Making Your Life as an Artist is due

PDF-  Making Your Life As An Artist

Prepare your Elevator Speech- Describe what is important about your art in 60 seconds or less.  Lead with your mission. Write it down. Bring it to class and We’ll practice delivering it on Monday – April 17th

1. Mindset followup assignments:

A: This week identify 1 fixed mindset thought. Apply the 4-step exercise for changing fixed mindset thoughts that we looked at in Astrid Baumgardner’s post. Be prepared to discuss in class.– Due Monday, April 17

B: As a followup to last week’s assignment to make a list of tasks/skills required in your art and rate your current level of those skills 1-10.  Take one of the areas where your level is below what you would like.  Do some journaling about how you might apply the growth mindset to improve your level of this skill. Be prepared to discuss in class – Due Monday, April 17

3. Evaluating your Skills Assignment

Read the “The Savvy Musician” handout about the entrepreneurial mindset that I passed out in class.

Evaluating Your Skills

Expand the list of skills you have have already begun into 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?

Wednesday, April 19th

1. Read the following posts on the blog  “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.-
UPDATED LINK
2. Life Goals Exercise Outline is Due by email or hand in
3.. Reading ‘Economies of Life” Chapter 3  (pg 30-51) due
4. Research and read 3 articles on how to find work in your field of interest  Bring notes to class for in-class discussion on Weds. April 19
5. Define your work environment  Do you have what you need.   Say you were going to sit down as the author of War of Art describes and do your work.  What is that space? What is in it. What kind of light? What talismans for success? Make a list and turn in by email- Due Wednesday, April 19 

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,  Bring print out to class for discussion on Monday, April 24th

Monday, April 24

1.Reading  “The War of Art”  Pg 58-101 is due

2. Bring print out of Survey the Field Exercise   to class for discussion on Monday, April 24th

3. “Economic Chain” Homework

Assignment: Make a diagram of the economic chain of your industry. What and who are the places where money flows from & to.  There are many different revenue streams in every industry. For the purposes of this assignment, focus on a few. The important thing is to begin to understand the flow of money in different areas around your art.  For instance, in music I might choose to diagram the economic chain around concert promotion.  At one end money flows in. Who and where does it come from?  Once it is in the system, money flows out. Where are the different places that it goes?  and what are the links in the chain that get s it there?  So for instance with concerts- Money flows in from ticket buyers.  But it also flows in from sponsors.  It also flows in from broadcasters, the guy that rents the table to sell merch. It flows out to artists, but also to booking agents, presenters, production companies, instrument rental companies, lighting designers, roadies, caterers, vendors, etc.  The value in understanding all these parts of the chain is that if one of your goals with your art is to take in revenue, the more places in the chain that you can participate, the greater the possibilities for you to increase that revenue.

Bring the diagram  to class for discussion on Monday, April 24th

Wednesday, April 26


Friday, April 29

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

Monday, April May 1

Research Your Field Assignments
1. Look through the links on my Blog page called  “Data Resources on Arts Employment”

2. On O-Net Online go to this link to the Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications on O-Net

http://www.onetonline.org/find/career?c=3&g=Go

or this link to Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations on BLS

https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm#27-0000

Assignment: Choose one of the job fields at these links and 

1. Look for a cash-flow work area.  It can be your art form, a related field, or something different. Look at BLS for a list of work area.  Look at O-Net for a summary of skills, knowledge, education, training & other info related to the specific job.
2. Look for cities that might be good for what you want to do  Look not just at your field, but look for cities that have related communities in common & networks that might be useful.  Check out prospects in two US cities that you think you might be interested in living in.
3. Research what do jobs pay in different area of the country. Find out what the going rate is for 3 jobs in your industry.
All 3 of these assignments are Due Monday, May 1

Wednesday, May 3

Cash Flow Assignment Due

Assignment-  Figure out your cash flow.  Use one of the following online calculators 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- Due Wednesday, May 3

 

“Find a Mentor” Project Midterm Assessment due

Assignment: 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.’

Who is your model” Exercise due 

Assignment: Choose 1 person in your field that you don’t know about and find out about their career. Take some notes and be prepared to discuss in class. (You can combine this with the “Survey the Field” exercise. Make this one of the 6-8 people on your list.) -Due Wednesday, May 3


Monday May 8 (No Class on this date)

  Other Assignments TBA


Wednesday, May 10

Read the blog post The Streetwise Professor about diversifying your “store.”
Mini- Assignment: Set a price that you might charge for some piece of artistic work, or  artistically-related service you would provide.  Bring to class for discussion

Community Gathering Assignment

Pt. 1. – Research places to find community in your artistic field and start a list. Bring to class for discussion.   Due Wednesday, May 10th
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 31st

Other Assignments TBA


Monday, May 15

Life Goals Notebook/Life plan back to front.  LifeGoalsExercise Completed Project Due changed to Wednesday, May 24th
 

 


Wednesday, May 17

Assignments TBA


Monday, May 22

Assignments TBA


Wednesday, May 24

Life Goals Notebook/Life plan back to front.  LifeGoalsExercise Completed Project Due changed to Wednesday, May 24th


Monday, May 29

Assignments TBA


Wednesday, May 31

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 – Due Wednesday, May 31st

 


Monday, June 5

Assignments TBA


Wednesday, June 7

Find a Mentor” Project Journal Due
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.

Other Assignments TBA


Assignments TBA


Friday, June 9

All term homework except Final assignment must be turned in to receive credit


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.