Studio Habits

Studio Habits

Develop craft, Engage and persist, Envision, Express, Observe, reflect, stretch and explore, and understanding the art world

which are the strongest and weakest in your own artist practice? 


1. Develop Craft: Learning to use tools, materials, artistic conventions; and learning to care for tools, materials, and space.

4. Express: Learning to create works that convey an idea, a feeling, or a personal meaning.

5. Observe: Learning to attend to visual contexts more closely than ordinary "looking" requires, and thereby to see things that otherwise might not be seen.

7. Stretch & Explore: Learning to reach beyond one's capacities, to explore playfully without a preconceived plan, and to embrace the opportunity to learn from mistakes.

8. Understand (Arts) Community: Learning to interact as an artist with other artists (i.e., in classrooms, in local arts organizations, and across the art field) and within the broader society. Arts is in parenthesis here as it can easily be switched with other disciplines, like science or history.


2. Engage & Persist: Learning to embrace problems of relevance within the art world and/or of personal importance, to develop focus conducive to working and persevering at tasks.

As an artist i find that i use my art as a cure for my anxiety yet can also be a cause of my anxiety,. persistence is something I will always work on, as i am determined and will follow my own set deadlines for my personal work i haven’t let my current emotions when making and putting it into my art.

3. Envision: Learning to picture mentally what cannot be directly observed, and imagine possible next steps in making a piece.

I have the ability to see whats next in my head, but i still often find it difficult to explain it unless i have draw out, written down, or modeled my ideas. my envisioning often comes only visually.

6. Reflect: Learning to think and talk with others about an aspect of one's work or working process, and learning to judge one's own work and working process and the work of others.

This is something I do often but i would like for it to be more apart of my art making practice rather than just an after thought.

Althea Bennett