The purpose of art is to communicate an idea as clearly as possible. Depending on the medium they are using, artists can make vague and intimate experiences accessible to others. To achieve this, they must know how to manage the message they want to express through their art. A work that fails to communicate a clear message to its audience is a work that leaves a lot to be desired.
This is an important skill for high school students, whose dreams of becoming a professional artist depend on the art portfolio they will submit as part of their college application. If you are one of those aspiring art students who want to increase your chances of getting into your choice of art or design program in college, then check out the online resources below to learn how to improve clarity in your artworks. Click on the titles of each featured article to open a new window on your browser.
Alex Mathers of Red Lemon Club answers the most important question that you as an artist face: do people like your artworks? In this post, he shares possible reasons as to why you aren’t getting the desired responses from people with your art pieces. He lists down reasons such as lack of consistency, purpose, and refinement as things that you should focus on to make better and stronger works of art.
In this insightful article from the Beautiful Trouble, the effective sharing of ideas maintains a balance between art and intention. While this article has a political slant, it nonetheless emphasizes the importance of creative communication that contribute to the impact of the message. Examples mentioned here include Picasso’s Guernica, the AIDS campaign launched by Gran Fury in the late ’80s, and more.
Your art portfolio must show your current skills as an artist and your potential to become even better, according to Opus Art Supplies. The article details tips on the presentation book style you plan on taking and the paper quality you can use for your portfolio.
Carolyn Henderson from Fine Art Views discusses the “problem” of having your art interpreted in different meanings. She uses Gulliver’s Travel as a work that can be interpreted from a viewpoint of either a cynical man or one with a close relationship with God. She then proceeds with explaining how the message in your artwork can be overdone and that you should focus on the image, subject matter, and technique instead. A very interesting read.
Before submitting your art portfolio to colleges or even sharing them online, follow these tips from wikiHow on what you should do first before you show it to the whole world. Tips mentioned in the article includes completely finishing your artworks, giving each a title and a short description, and more.
To create artworks with a clear message, you must also have good drawing technique, which is the pillar for great works of art. This post by Lori McNee at Fine Art Tips shares different tips and exercises on how you can improve your artistic skills using pen and pencil. Suggestions include drawing upside down, using the grid method, and drawing using negative space, among others.
The beauty of art is that it came from you, a person with a unique skill set and experience that contribute to the creation of artworks. Therefore, when asking people for comments and suggestions, there’s no reason for you to apologize for your creations. By doing so, you not only reject yourself before everyone else has a chance to see your work, but you also make it look like what you’re expressing through your art isn’t worth expressing at all! Read this article by writer Jeff Goins for a better explanation.
Lori McNee gets featured again in this post as she she shares more tips on how to refine the message in your art in an article to The Top 10 Blog. Tips includes creating an inspirational work environment, having a concept in mind before starting the artwork, learning to see the negative shapes, and more.
To get more insight on how to refine the message of your work, take it from Figure Drawing teacher John Clapp as he shares tips to his students on how to practice their skills and continue to improve outside his class. Tips include setting goals, concentrating, getting yourself invested, and others. Despite John’s concentration, his suggestions are not limited to just figure drawing students. Every artist with plans of making better artworks in the future can learn a thing or two from his post.
Character designer Chris Oatley serves three specific practices for follow artists on how to improve the pieces in their art portfolio in this 45-minute podcast.
Make better impact with your message!
Enroll to the Managing Your Message: Make an Impact with Masterful Compositions course taught by “The Admission Insider” and PortPrep owner Karen Kesteloot. She will teach you how to make your art and design more understandable to WOW portfolio reviewers.
The course is part of the Drawn to Success Portfolio Building Boot Camp that aims to help students boost their chances of getting into arts college by improving their artistic skills to help them create a winning art portfolio.
The Managing Your Message course will take place on July 29-31, 2014 (11am-5pm) at the PortPrep Studios in Guelph, ON and costs $175CAD.
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