The first student to be featured is one of our talented 5th grade students, Chris Schmitt. Chris and I sat down for a few minutes and discussed art making. Here's what he had to say...
Why do you enjoy art making?
It's fun. I like to make abstract art because you can't tell what it is at first and then it comes together. I like the surprise and the trip it takes to get there.
Is there a media or technique that you enjoy most? Why?
Drawing. I like it most because I have had the most practice with it. I also like collage because you can
make interesting art with it.
What inspires you to make art?
Other people's art. I like to use theirs as a starting point. i look at it and say, "I could add this to it...".
Out of the pieces you have done, which is your favorite and why?
I like the collage we just did (based on Georgina Hounsome's work). I like it because it is more real than the others. It's just trying to be what it's supposed to be.
Are you thinking you will pursue an art-related career? What and why?
I would like to keep the work I make instead of selling it. Money you can't be proud of, but you can be of the work you make and see.
What if you could sell copies or prints of your work? This way, you could still have the original.
I wouldn't want to sell copies because they are fake, they are not the real thing.
So, is there anything you would consider making to support yourself as an artist?
I would do one of a kind skateboard designs and decks. From a business perspective, I could make more from one original than a number of copies.
Great interview Chris! Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me for a few minutes and keep up the great work!