For those of you who follow me on my various social media sites, you’ll know that I’ve been writing posts lately on tips concerning “how to be a good art teacher“, “what I’ve learned so far as a visual artist“, and “how to be a good art student“. To be completely honest, I started writing these posts because I was really bored one night and wanted to do something fun and productive, something that didn’t feel like “work”. One of my former students in response to these blog posts said that I should “seriously” turn these into a book some day. So naturally being the driven and ambitious person that I am, this got my brain percolating in a great way. Writing these blog posts has been a lot of fun for me. I like it because it’s related to my art practice, but it isn’t the same thing as working on my studio work. It sounds dorky, but I really enjoy verbally explaining things, it helps me figure out and clarify to myself what I want to do and keeps me stimulated about my art practice. I know this would be a really ambitious undertaking and it would probably take me a looooong time before I got it to the high standard I would want it to be at, but it’s something I could work on in slow increments over several years.
One of my favorite books is Michael Pollan’s book “Food Rules”. I love that this book boils things down to their most distilled, straightforward form, and it has witty statements like “It’s not food if your grandmother wouldn’t know what it was.” It’s also a quick read, something that I find myself rereading for this reason, which drives home the concepts even more. I’m thinking of a manual similar to that, except for visual artists.
What do you think? What kind of book would you like to see? What topics would you like to see it cover? I’d love to hear from you!